While the Cardinals will miss at least one key part of their talented receiving corps with superstar receiver DeAndre Hopkins ruled out for Sunday, the Seahawks could also be shorthanded in their secondary.
With two days to go to kick off at Lumen Field, All-Pro safety Jamal Adams and right cornerback DJ Reed missed out on practice in Seattle on Friday and received questionable designations on the final report from injury. According to coach Pete Carroll, both players suffered injuries during training and will be the playing time decisions.
“These guys are going to go until game day and see how they do because something has happened a bit over the course of the week, so we don’t know enough about that yet,” he said. Carroll said. âWe have to wait and use every day, but they hope they will be okay.
According to Carroll, Adams “changed something” in his groin earlier this week. He was not on Wednesday’s post-practice injury report but was listed as limited on Thursday and was out on Friday, putting his status on hold for this weekend.
Carroll did not provide further details about Reed’s injury, but the veteran cornerback suffered groin strain in a Week 7 win over the Jaguars ahead of the Seahawks’ week off. He played all the defensive shots in last week’s 17-0 loss to the Packers and didn’t appear to make the injury worse during the game.
If Adams can’t play, Ryan Neal quickly adopted concussion protocol following last weekend’s game and trained all three days this week for the Seahawks. He started four games without Adams last year and has performed well, producing 28 tackles, one interception, three tackles for a loss and three breakage passes.
As for the cornerback, in case Reed isn’t able to adjust, Seattle has a few options to choose from. Veteran Sidney Jones, who started three games as left cornerback earlier this year, has previously played on the right side. Bless Austin, who joined the New York Jets waiver in September, recorded 626 snaps as a starting right cornerback last season and could also be an option.
While it’s unclear whether Adams and Reed will play on Sunday or not, Carroll has provided positive news along the offensive line with left tackle Duane Brown not receiving an injury designation. The veteran blind side protector left last weekend’s loss to Green Bay with a hip injury, but returned to training as a limited participant on Thursday and Friday and will start against Arizona.
Behind him, substitute Jamarco Jones received a questionable designation after not training at all this week with a back injury. Carroll has hinted that he may have made an old injury worse when he landed on his back in Sunday’s loss and that it will be a decision to be made during the game.
âIt’s not exactly the same thing that bothered him before, but it still bothers him a bit,â Carroll said. “I can’t tell you he’s going to be okay, we’ll wait until Sunday to find out.”
Defensively, while viewed as questionable, Carroll seemed optimistic about defensive end Kerry Hyder’s chances of playing for Seattle after returning to practice on Friday as a limited participant. He was absent Wednesday and Thursday with a calf injury and the coach said he “feels good” now.
At linebacker, Cody Barton was limited by a quad injury all week and also received a questionable designation on Friday. If he’s unable to play for a second straight week, Seattle could call on veteran Edmond Robinson, who signed with the practice squad earlier this week, to contribute to the special teams.
While the Seahawks hope to have most of their hands on deck Sunday, the Cardinals also have plenty of unanswered injury issues that won’t be addressed until before kick-off.
After missing practice all week, Hopkins will miss his third straight game with a hamstring injury. But quarterback Kyler Murray (ankle) has a chance to come back after a two-game absence and with a questionable designation, coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters on Friday it would be a game-time decision. Safety Budda Baker did not train on Thursday or Friday with a heel injury, but Kingsbury expects him to play despite a questionable designation.