Seahawks inactives: Offensive line and receivers each missing 2 players
The Seahawks open the playoffs with a road contest in Philadelphia in a Week 12 rematch against the Eagles, and they will be without the left side of their offensive line when kickoff rolls around.
Pro Bowl alternate left tackle Duane Brown had knee surgery before Week 17 and was already ruled out on Friday along with wide receiver Malik Turner, who has a concussion, and linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who tore his ACL in Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers and remains on the active roster.
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The man who lines up next to Brown, left guard Mike Iupati, a Pro Bowl alternate this season, will also miss the contest. He has battled a neck injury for the last few weeks of the regular season and that will keep him out this week.
Iupati was listed as questionable on Seattle’s final injury report on Friday and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Iupati would be a game time decision.
Starting for Brown and Iupati are George Fant and Jamarco Jones. Fant started for Brown in Week 17 and Jones played at guard earlier in the year when filling in for Iupati and right guard D.J. Fluker.
Adding to depth issues on the line is that Ethan Pocic was placed on injured reserve this week with a core injury. The Seahawks have just three backup offensive linemen active: Phil Haynes, Jordan Roos and Kyle Fuller.
With Kendricks out, rookie Cody Barton will start alongside All Pro Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright.
Wide receiver Jaron Brown is also out. He left Week 17 with a knee injury and he also had a family-related matter that kept him out of practice this week. Prior to the game, general manager John Schneider said Brown’s family issue is what is keeping him away from this game.
With he and Turner out, the Seahawks have just four active wide receivers: Tyler Lockett, David Moore and rookies DK Metcalf and John Ursua.
Seattle does have tight end Luke Willson back after missing the 49ers game with a hip injury. He joins Jacob Hollister and Tyrone Swoopes to give the Seahawks three healthy, active tight ends, which has been rare this season.
Rounding out Seattle’s inactives are defensive linemen L.J. Collier and Bryan Mone. Collier, the team’s 2019 first-round pick, is again a healthy scratch after appearing in the last four games of the regular season. Mone was promoted from the team’s practice squad after defensive tackle Al Woods was suspended.
Safety Quandre Diggs is back for the first time since Week 15. He has four turnovers in just five games with the Seahawks.
For the Eagles, they will have star tight end Zach Ertz on the field. He had 91 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 and had kidney and rib injuries that limited him in practice this week.
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Right tackle Lane Johnson was also ruled out with an ankle injury. An All Pro in 2017, Johnson also missed Week 12’s matchup and the Seahawks were able to get a lot of pressure on Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
The Eagles, who are already down nearly their entire receiving room, will also be without veteran Nelson Agholor. They already are missing DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey, who are on injured reserve.
Running back Miles Sanders, who has been the team’s lead back for most of the season, is active. He has an ankle injury and missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before practicing fully Friday.
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