Lions without top offensive playmakers Swift, St. Brown vs Seahawks

Sep 30, 2022, 2:40 PM
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Amon-Ra St. Brown of the Detroit Lions catches a touchdown in front of Jordyn Brooks of the Seattle Seahawks on January 02, 2022. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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The Seahawks’ defense has been suspect to open the 2022 season, and they have a good opportunity to get back on track this weekend when they go up against a Detroit Lions offense that will be without their best weapons.

What to know about Seahawks and their Week 4 clash with Detroit

Star receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) and running back D’Andre Swift (ankle/shoulder) are two of five players the Lions ruled out Friday afternoon. Detroit will also be without starting left guard Jonah Jackson (finger), second-string defensive end John Cominsky (wrist) and kicker Austin Seibert (groin).

D.J. Chark (ankle) and Josh Reynolds (ankle) – the Lions’ No. 2 and 3 receivers – are questionable.

Swift is a top-10 rusher this year and has two touchdowns on the ground and is also a receiving threat as he had over 800 receiving yards combined the last two years.

With Swift out, Jamaal Williams, who has played well this year and actually has more touches than Swift through Week 3, will be Detroit’s lead back against the Seahawks.

St. Brown was a star rookie last year despite being a fourth-round pick and he caught 90 passes for more than 900 yards and five touchdowns. He again leads the Lions in receptions and yards this year.

With St. Brown out, Chark and Reynolds are in line to lead Detroit’s receiving corps if they play. Tight end T.J. Hockenson could also be in line for a big role against the Seahawks. Reynolds, Chark and Hockenson are second, third and fourth on the Lions in receiving yards this year, respectably.

The Seahawks are fairly healthy overall entering Week 4, with just two players on their final injury report in nickel corner Justin Coleman and reserve rookie safety Joey Blount.

Blount (hamstring) is questionable while Coleman (calf) is doubtful.

If Coleman doesn’t play, that will again put rookie Coby Bryant in the lead nickel back spot for the third week in a row. The fourth-round pick has played a lot in recent weeks as Coleman’s been banged up and hasn’t played since Week 1.

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