After trying to give it a go during pre-game warmups, the Seahawks will be without starting running back Chris Carson for Thursday's prime time matchup against the Rams.
During an abbreviated practice week, Carson didn't practice on Tuesday and Wednesday and was listed as questionable on the final injury report. According to coach Pete Carroll, the fifth-year back has an unspecified neck condition that occasionally flares up and still didn't feel good enough on Thursday to be able to play.
“He has had a long-term condition that he has dealt with where sometimes it flares up and sometimes it doesn’t," Carroll said. "We have tested him and MRI’d him and it’s no different than it’s been. It’s just inflamed right now, and we have to see if it quiets down.”
With Carson inactive, the Seahawks will lean on Alex Collins, who produced 44 rushing yards, 34 receiving yards, and a touchdown in a 28-21 win over the 49ers on Sunday. Behind him, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer will be the other two active running backs against the Rams.
Seattle will also be without receiver Dee Eskridge, who was placed on injured reserve hours before kickoff as he continues to work his way back from a severe concussion. He will need to miss at least three games, but as general manager John Schneider said in his weekly pre-game interview on ESPN 710, they want to take care of him and make sure he's 100 percent back before he returns to game action.
"Dee's had a little bit of a rough go," Schneider said. "Unfortunately, he got blasted on the sidelines and smashed his head on the ground. You gotta be careful with this stuff. We're gonna be extra careful with him."
Minus Eskridge on Thursday night, Seattle elevated receiver Phillip Dorsett from the practice squad as a replacement. Wearing No. 13, he will make his team debut after missing all of last season with a toe injury and playing in one game for Jacksonville earlier this season.
"He can fly," Schneider said. "It's great to have Phillip up. He wishes that he would have made a different decision in the free agency process, but we're just really glad to have him back."
In the good news department, despite being listed as questionable. defensive end Benson Mayowa will return to action after missing the past two games with his own neck injury. Seattle will also have Carlos Dunlap and Darrell Taylor available after both players were not listed on the final injury report on Wednesday and should be at full strength rushing the passer.
The Seahawks will also have starting right tackle Brandon Shell back from a two-week hiatus due to an ankle sprain. Jamarco Jones and Cedric Ogbuehi will both be available as backups behind him, while rookie Jake Curhan is a healthy scratch for the first time this season.
Wrapping up Seattle's inactives, defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche won't play in favor of former first-round pick L.J. Collier, who has been a healthy scratch each of the past two games. Cornerback John Reid and tackle Stone Forsythe also won't dress as healthy scratches.