Seattle’s injury report Thursday grew a bit with four new names added to the list — center Stephen Schilling (knee), cornerback Tharold Simon (knee), cornerback Richard Sherman (back) and defensive lineman Michael Bennett (toe).
Seattle coach Pete Carroll does not speak to the media on Thursday so there was no word on the severity of any of the injuries. The guess here is that those are likely rest days, as much as anything else, for Sherman and Bennett. Bennett did not practice last Thursday with what was listed as a toe injury, as well, and Sherman in the past has been listed on the injury report with a back for what were basically just rest days.
Simon and Schilling might be more concerning. Simon had knee surgery in August but returned and has played the last two games. It’s unclear if this is related to the same knee on which he had the surgery.
Schilling has started the last three games in place of Max Unger, who was listed as limited today with a foot injury suffered in the Washington game.
Patrick Lewis is the third-team center and took the majority of the snaps in practice. Lewis played one series at center against St. Louis when Schilling left, his only NFL action so far after being signed by the Seahawks on Oct. 8 off of Cleveland’s practice squad. Schilling also was briefly looked at in Sunday’s game at Carolina but did not miss a play.
Also out today were LB Malcolm Smith (groin), CB Byron Maxwell (calf), DT Jordan Hill (ankle) and S Jeron Johnson (concussion). Coaches appear to be working on the assumption that Smith is out for Sunday’s game, given their prepping of Brock Coyle for a start and their statements that Kevin Pierre-Louis will also play a lot. Maxwell and Hill also at this point seem unlikely to make it back given that they are still out. Johnson has to pass the concussion protocol to make it back for Sunday.
Unger was the only player listed as limited.
Listed as full go were Marshawn Lynch, James Carpenter and Bryan Walters. Lynch is listed on the injury report every week since he takes Wednesdays off as a rest day.
Here is a recap of Oakland’s injuries from ESPN.