JAN 14 FIGHT! The 49ers and the Seahawks?
And it's a fight.
The 49ers have taken a third-quarter lead, 23-17, in this playoff matchup ... with things getting chippy during the drive when the 49ers appeared to take issue with Seattle safety Johnathan Abram "putting a twist'' on the ankle of star Deebo Samuel after a 21-yard gain.
The 49ers scored five plays later. ...
With the chippiness likely to continue ...
JAN 12 BAD WEATHER? Saturday's playoff game between the Seahawks and the 49ers might very well include inclement weather as a factor.
Rain in the Bay? AccuWeather predicts a 98-percent chance of that.
Wind in the Bay? Yes, maybe even 29-MPH winds.
Does that mean this meeting might have to be a run-to-win contest? If so, Christian McCaffrey of the Niners is probably fine with that ... and award-winning rookie Ken Walker III of the Seahawks probably is as well.
JAN 3 BILLS VS. BENGALS REMAINS POSTPONED
The Week 17 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals will not be played this week in wake of the on-field collapse of Bills safety Damar Hamlin, the league announced Tuesday.
Here's the full statement:
The NFL continues to be in regular contact with the medical team caring for Damar Hamlin, and also the Bills and Bengals organizations and the NFL Players Association.
After speaking with both teams and NFLPA leadership, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the clubs today that the Bills-Bengals game will not be resumed this week.
The NFL has made no decision regarding the possible resumption of the game at a later date.
The league has not made any changes to the Week 18 regular-season schedule.
We will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.
Hamlin, 24, collapsed on the field during the first quarter of Monday's game and was administered medical attention after it was later revealed that he had suffered cardiac arrest. He remained in critical condition at the ICU at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
DEC 25 RUSSELL'S THE WORST? The Los Angeles Rams' 51-14 Christmas crushing of Russell Wilson's Denver Broncos reduced the former Seattle QB's new team to 4-11. But in some ways, this marked a new low.
Wilson didn't belong on the same field with Baker Mayfield. ... causing our guys at Rams Digest SI, covering the game, to suggest that Russ is "the crummiest QB in the NFL.''
Mayfield, remember, was dumped outright by Carolina but now, off waivers, continues to climb from the scrapheap to offer promise, here finishing a wildly efficient 24 of 28 for 230 yards and two TD tosses.
And Wilson? He was part of a Broncos offense that gave up four interceptions and six sacks. ('Hawk-turned-Ram bobby Wagner had one of each on his unfortunate old pal Wilson.)
Writes Rams SI: "Wilson's Broncos are going nowhere in a painfully plodding manner, making this humiliation largely watchable in the way of a slow-motion train wreck.''
OK, maybe Wilson isn't "the crummiest.'' But the Broncos' trade for him?
Yeah. To the delight of Seahawks fans ... the crummiest.
DEC 24 HOMER QUESTIONABLE Seattle Seahawks backup running Travis Homer is questionable to return vs. the Chiefs on Sunday afternoon with an ankle injury.
Homer's injury occurred in the first quarter at Arrowhead Stadium, with the Seahawks trailing 7-0.
DeeJay Dallas will fill in for Homer as the No. 2 running back until Homer is able to return.
DEC 21 FOUR TO PRO BOWL The Seattle Seahawks will be represented in the 2023 Pro Bowl by four players, the NFL announced. Quandre Diggs and Jason Myers will be going back, and a pair of first-timers - the vet QB Geno Smith and the rookie corner Tariq Woolen - will be joining them.
DEC 21 FRANCO PASSES AWAY Franco Harris, the former Steelers all-time great who finished his Hall of Fame career with the Seahawks, has passed away at the age of 72.
Harris, the running back known in the football world for “The Immaculate Reception,'' was part of four Steelers Super Bowl winners. Harris played 13 years in the NFL – 12 with the Steelers and one with the Seahawks in 1984 before the nine-time Pro Bowler retired.
Harris' death comes on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the play that marked Pittsburgh jump to title contention NFL’s elite and just before this weekend's plan to retire his No. 32 during a ceremony at halftime of the Steelers game against the Las Vegas Raiders - the same team he victimized with the wild carom-catch for a winning TD in a playoff game against Oakland in 1972.
DEC 20 TREADWELL SIGNED
Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has been elevated from the practice squad to the Seahawks roster three times this season, meaning a decision is due: Call him up again and he's eventually subjected to waivers. Or ...
Sign Treadwell to the active roster, which ESPN reports is now in the works on Tuesday.
Treadwell, Minnesota's first-round pick in 2016, has one catch for one yard in his three appearances this year and has helped on special teams.
DEC 15 LOCKET INJURED
During their crushing defeat to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night, the Seattle Seahawks may have also suffered a devastating personnel loss, with wideout Tyler Lockett being forced to leave the game with a broken index finger.
Pete Carroll updated the media on Lockett's status following the game.
Carroll expects Lockett to miss time due to the injury.
"I can't even fathom it," Carrol said. "I can't fathom playing without Tyler."
DEC 13 MISSING DEEBO The San Francisco 49ers are 9-4 and in the driver's seat in the NFC West as they approach Thursday's visit to Seattle. It's all feel-good ... maybe even eventually for do-it-all star Deebo Samuel.
He left Sunday's 35-7 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter with what looked like a leg injury. ... and the famously tough and talented Samuel was carted away in tears.
But now it's possible that Samuel - who has issues with his knee and ankle - may make it back sometime before the end of the season.
The 49ers have some breathing room in the division, with Seattle at 7-6 chasing. Samuel will be watching on Thursday, but as the playoffs approach? Deebo - who has caught 54 passes for 612 yards and two touchdowns this season while also rushing 41 times for 228 yards and three scores - will merit watching.
DEC 11 WILSON CONCUSSION Russell Wilson was knocked out of the game against the Chiefs with a concussion on Sunday, all part of the Broncos' 34-28 loss.
Wilson has experienced a dismal season for the 3-10 Broncos since orchestrating his way out of Seattle via a blockbuster trade.
First-year Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said Wilson is now entered into the concussion protocol. His status for the game next Sunday against Arizona is uncertain.
“He was fighting the whole game. I give him so much credit,” Hackett said of Wilson. “He was playing really well.”
DEC 11 WOODS OUT The Seattle Seahawks appear to be without one of their best defensive linemen for the rest of their Sunday matchup with the Carolina Panthers, with Al Woods listed as doubtful to return with a heel injury, per Seahawks Public Relations.
The Seahawks trailed 20-14 at the time of the injury.
DEC 10 LAQUON UP The Seattle Seahawks have made a trio of roster moves in advance of Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, including the elevation of receiver Laquon Treadwell from the practice squad.
With injuries to Ken Walker and DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer, Tony Jones and elevated Godwin Igwebuike are in play at running back,
Additionally, Jon Rhattigan has been activated off the PUP list.
DEC. 6 SEAHAWKS SIGN WAYNE GALLMAN
The Seattle Seahawks reportedly added some running depth to their offense on Tuesday, signing veteran running back Wayne Gallman to the practice squad.
Gallman comes in at a position of need for the Seahawks, who are already short at the position. Not to mention that starting running back Ken Walker III is currently battling an ankle injury.
Originally drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Clemson, Gallman spent four seasons in New York rushing 338 times for 1,444 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns in 43 games, with 14 starts.
Last season, Gallman spent time on both the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings playing in eight games and rushing 28 times 104 yards.
He was also briefly on the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad earlier this season.
DEC. 4 JIMMY GAROPPOLO CARTED OFF In a matchup against the Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury after their opening drive.
Labeled as questionable to return, if Garoppolo remains out and misses significant time it will have a big impact on the NFC West race.
For the Seahawks, who currently find themselves on the outside looking in of the playoffs, the 49ers being forced to rely on rookie quarterback Brock Purdy could be a boost that they need to win the division.
NOV 30 RUSS LOSES IT Russell Wilson has the trade he wanted and he has a $250 million contract.
What he does not have with the 3-8 Denver Broncos? The locker room.
“Russ has lost some people around that team. He has lost some people in that locker room," NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero reports.
It's worth noting that Pelissero isn't in the business of gossip, nor is he "anti-Wilson.'' That makes this a real problem for Wilson - who has just eight touchdowns and five interceptions through 10 games this season - and for the Broncos, who gave up a gold mine in trade but team has now lost each of its last three games.
NOV 26 TREADWELL ELEVATED
Looking for additional wide receiver depth, the Seattle Seahawks have elevated former Jaguars and Vikings pass catcher Laquon Treadwell to the active roster.
Last season in Jacksonville, Treadwell has 33 catches on 51 targets for 434 yards and a touchdown in 12 games, with seven starts.
NOV 20 DK FINED Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf has been fined $29,785 by the NFL for "unsportsmanlike conduct'' penalty in last week's loss to the Bucs in Germany.