Seahawks Inactives: 2 starters on COVID list, Goff out for Lions

Jan 2, 2022, 12:19 PM | Updated: 12:25 pm
Houston's Nico Collins catches the ball in front of Seahawks CB Sidney Jones in a game earlier this season. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)
(Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Seahawks will go into their final home game of the season against the Detroit Lions without a few key players due to injury and COVID-19.

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On the COVID front, starting cornerback Sidney Jones is out, as is No. 3 corner Bless Austin. So too is starting left guard Damien Lewis.

When it comes to injuries, starting right tackle Brandon Shell (shoulder) is inactive, as is running back Alex Collins (abdomen). Shell was listed as doubtful to play while Collins was questionable.

Rounding out Seattle’s inactives list are quarterback Jacob Eason, defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and center Dakoda Shepley.

With Jones and Austin out, the Seahawks will turn to D.J. Reed and John Reid at cornerback. Reed has missed the last two games due to his own bout with COVID-19.

Lewis will be replaced by either Kyle Fuller or Jamarco Jones, the latter of which was recently activated from injured reserve.

With Shell out, undrafted rookie free agent Jake Curhan figures to get his fourth start in a row.

Collins being out assures that Rashaad Penny will again be the Seahawks’ No. 1 back while DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer will be next up at that position.

The Seahawks have also added three players from the practice squad for the Sunday afternoon game against the Lions: cornerback Mike Jackson, linebacker Edmond Robinson and safety Josh Jones.

For the Lions, starting quarterback Jared Goff will not suit up due to a knee injury, meaning Tim Boyle will play quarterback for Detroit.

The Lions are also down two of their top three wide receivers with Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond on the reserve/COVID list.

Rounding out Detroit’s inactives are linebacker Rashod Berry, fullback Jason Cabinda, defensive end Jashon Cornell, safety Jalen Elliott, offensive lineman Will Holden and running back Jermar Jefferson.

Kickoff for Seahawks-Lions is slated for 1:25 p.m. and can be heard live on 710 ESPN Seattle and 97.3 KIRO FM. For more information on how to stream the game, visit this link.

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