Seahawks Injury Report: Ken Walker III set to make debut vs 49ers

Sep 16, 2022, 1:42 PM
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Kenneth Walker III of the Seattle Seahawks in action during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 13, 2022. (Justin Berl/Getty Images)
(Justin Berl/Getty Images)

The Seahawks are in about as good of shape injury-wise as they could hope for ahead of a Week 2 divisional showdown with the San Francisco 49ers.

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Just three players – all defensive backs – are on the final injury report ahead of Sunday’s game, and two big names who missed Seattle’s Week 1 opener are not listed anymore and are set to make their 2022 debuts.

Reserve safety Joey Blount (hamstring) is listed as doubtful to suit up Sunday, while cornerback Artie Burns (groin) and nickel corner Justin Coleman (calf) are questionable. Burns was inactive in Week 1 while Coleman was the Seahawks’ go-to nickel corner, playing 77% of the team’s defensive snaps.

But the good news for the Seahawks is that rookie Ken Walker III, one of two second-round picks the team made in April, is set to play in his first NFL game after he missed Seattle’s Week 1 opener as well as final two preseason games as he recovered from a hernia surgery. Walker was a unanimous All-American last year at Michigan State and won both the Doak Walker and Walter Camp Awards for his elite play, which saw him rush for 1,636 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Walker joins a backfield led by starter Rashaad Penny, who had 60 yards on 12 carries in Week 1. He also had a 23-yard burst negated by a penalty.

Starting left guard Damien Lewis, who missed Week 1 with ankle and knee injuries, is also off the injury report and is set to start, giving the Seahawks their full-strength first-team offensive line.

For the 49ers, star tight end George Kittle (groin) is a game-time decision, per head coach Kyle Shanahan (H/T ESPN’s Field Yates). Kittle is officially listed as questionable.

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