Seattle backup offensive lineman Alvin Bailey won’t play at Washington Monday due to a strained oblique, coach Pete Carroll said when he met the media today before the team departed for the game.
Also announced as out are two players who it was already known won’t play — tight end Zach Miller and cornerback Tharold Simon.
Everyone else should be good to go, including two players who had been on the injury report earlier in the week — defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin and defensive back DeShawn Shead.
For Irvin, it marks a return to the field after he missed the Denver game with an oblique injury.
“He had a great week,” Carroll said. “Yeah, he looks great. He’ll be involved in a lot of ways. So we’re excited and real happy for him. It’s been a real long haul to get him back out here.”
As for Bailey, Carroll said: “He’s got a strained oblique. I don’t know where that is but it’s an oblique somewhere. It’s going to hold him out and we will miss him this week.”
It’s a not insignificant loss with the team already hurting for tight end depth with Miller out.
While Bailey is primarily a backup guard and tackle — he’s active on gamedays due to his ability to back up at both spots — he also has some experience as an eligible tackle/tight end.
Recall that he ended up playing double-digit snaps against both the 49ers and Broncos in the playoffs last year in that role, and it’s something he might likely have done again with Miller out.
Now, that role could fall even more to rookie Garry Gilliam, who played tight end at Penn State and got two snaps as an eligible tackle in the opener against Green Bay.
With Bailey out, Gilliam, also could be the primary backup tackle, or the team could use Andrew McDonald. Those are the only other two players on the roster listed as tackles other than the starters and Bailey.
As for Washington, the big injury news there is that veteran cornerback Tracy Porter is out, which will leave Washington pretty young at that position, as is explained here.