Clayton: Where things stand for Seahawks’ Tuesday game vs Rams

Dec 20, 2021, 4:09 PM
Seahawks Metcalf...
DK Metcalf dives into the end zone between the Rams' Jalen Ramsey and Troy Reeder on Jan. 9. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Everything will still be left to the last minute before the Tuesday night game between the Seahawks and Rams.

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The Rams, who had up to 29 players in COVID-19 protocol leading to the game being rescheduled from Sunday to Tuesday, are now down to 18. They did add a running back coach and offensive line coach to the COVID protocol, but they also got some good players back – Jalen Ramsey, Darrell Henderson Jr., Odell Beckham Jr. and Troy Reeder.

Who knows if anyone else will be cleared. Look at the Cleveland Browns – they have more than 20 players on their list but were only able to clear safety John Johnson for the moved Monday game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Washington has more than 20 on its list and even more problems with seven assistants testing positive.

The Seahawks have nine players on the COVID list, including seven on the active roster, plus linebacker coach John Glenn won’t make the trip to Los Angeles.

Roster decisions for Tuesday’s Seahawks-Rams game have to be made by 1 p.m.

Figuring out these games are tough. We’ve never seen anything like because of the virus spread. This tops everything we’ve seen during the pandemic.

You figure the Seahawks have the advantage because their COVID list is smaller than the Rams. If the Seahawks can win, they will have saved their season for another week. They would be 6-8 and have supposed easy games against Chicago and Detroit coming up. Of course I say that after the Lions destroyed the Arizona Cardinals 30-12 on Sunday.

The Bears game won’t be easy because the Seahawks will have a short week of five days between Tuesday’s game and then Chicago on Sunday. At least the Bears are also on a short week because they played Monday night.

The keys for the Seahawks will be the play of Russell Wilson and possibly running back Rashaad Penny. Penny had 137 yards last week and looked great.

One of the keys for Wilson is getting the ball to DK Metcalf and the tight ends, especially with Tyler Lockett still on the COVID list.

It would be nice if Lockett and running back Alex Collins can be cleared to play, but the odds don’t seem good.

The last week has been one of the craziest the NFL has ever seen. The positive tests have been devastating. Stay tuned to see where this all goes.

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