5 Seahawks Listed as Questionable vs. Vikings
Prior to their final practice in preparation for Monday’s game against the Vikings, the Seahawks should have two of their best defensive players back in action.
Battling through core and ankle injuries respectively, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and defensive tackle Jarran Reed returned to practice as limited participants on Friday and are "ready to go," according to coach Pete Carroll.
Clowney originally suffered a sports hernia-related injury during a 27-24 win over the 49ers in Week 10 and after missing practice last week, he didn’t play against the Eagles. After receiving treatment during a visit with renowned specialist Dr. William Meyers, he’s feeling better this week and should avoid surgery, at least until after the season concludes.
Carroll refused to elaborate on whether or not Clowney would be on a snap count, but admitted the team will have to monitor him closely for the rest of the season.
"Often, the stuff in this area, you go when you can go and you gotta make sure you find out what the right rhythm is for the guys to recover," Carroll said. "We're really tuned in to that kind of thinking and we treat every guy individually with their own circumstances and try to keep 'em as fresh as we possibly can. We're in that mode [with Clowney]."
As for Reed, he re-aggravated a sprained ankle during the second quarter of last weekend’s 17-9 win in Philadelphia and didn’t return to play in the second half. However, he participated in a walk through on Wednesday and after making it through two practices in limited fashion, he should return to the lineup.
Along with Clowney and Reed, tight end Luke Willson, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, and defensive tackle Al Woods are also listed as questionable to play against the Vikings.
Willson strained his hamstring against the 49ers and didn’t play last weekend. Though he practiced and "made really good progress" this week, Carroll wants to ensure he's fully healed and the team will wait up until game time to decide if he'll play or not.
"We gotta be careful with this one because we just don't want it to linger, so we'll make a late decision on this one."
Woods sat out Friday's practice with an ankle injury and Kendricks was limited by a new hamstring issue that cropped up during the week. Like Willson, Kendricks will be a game time decision on Monday.
Closing out Seattle’s final injury report, fullback Nick Bellore and cornerback Neiko Thorpe are both listed as doubtful, as neither player has practiced this week. Bellore suffered what Carroll deemed a “legit” quad strain, while Thorpe has been dealing with a lingering groin injury.