Injuries testing Seahawks depth along defensive line


The Seattle Seahawks prioritized adding to their defensive line this offseason with several moves in free agency and through the draft to bolster their depth.

Now that depth is being severely tested as many of those acquisitions are sidelined with an array of various ailments with just over a week remaining until their season opener against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 8.

The Seahawks signed defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel in free agency. They also selected tackles Jordan Hill in the third round and Jesse Williams in the fifth round to help cement the depth along their defensive front.

None of the five will play in the team’s preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders Thursday night.

Williams landed on injured reserve with a troublesome knee this week. Hill suffered a strained biceps in practice last week and is considered week-to-week by the team. Avril re-aggravated a hamstring injury last week and hasn’t played this preseason. McDaniel is dealing with a groin strain and Bennett left the team for the weekend to get work done on a bothersome toe.

In addition, starter Brandon Mebane is also sidelined with a groin injury, Chris Clemons remains on PUP as he returns from an ACL tear in January and Bruce Irvin will miss the first four games of the season due to suspension.

It’s left the Seahawks incredibly thin with uncertainty surrounding their players’ availability for the start of the season.

Head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday Bennett’s toe issue isn’t considered serious and he should be fine. He said McDaniel and Mebane should be OK unless they don’t respond well to returning to practice last week. Avril’s status will also be contingent on if he’s able to return to practice next week.

While none of the injuries are long-term problems, the number of guys battling injuries along the defensive line is concerning. Seattle will still have to play somebody at those positions against Carolina in 10 days. If the majority of them can’t make it back for the opener, the Seahawks could find themselves much more short-handed than they could have ever anticipated.

7 responses to “Injuries testing Seahawks depth along defensive line

  1. Not a good look when you play Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Jonathan Goodwin and Anthony Davis twice, possibly 3 times a year.

  2. All the injuries are minor. That defense is good to go. And remember that a good running game is a defense’s best friend…which is what they have. Along with a smart, playmaking QB, this team will be just fine.

  3. hate to see any injury that prevents your team from having the best players on the field….but this rash of injuries on Sleazehawks D- line sure will make it much easier for the NINERS to cram it down thier throats week 2….Cant Wait +..NINERS BABY

  4. All you Seahawks fans can don the rose-colored glasses however you choose to position them on your nose, but when EIGHT lineman are either injured or suspended, that puts you down to working with third-stringers who would probably have been cut had the others been healthy enough to go. And even if they play injured, it’ll have an impact on their game. How is someone with a tweaked hamstring going to effective drive back a 300-lb O-lineman? Where’s your pass rush going to come from, especially against a mobile passer like Cam?

    Looks like my Week 1 upset pick is looking more and more likely, but now you’re also talking about a Seahawks team that could conceivably start the year 0-2 …. At this stage, it’s looking probable, which is better than what the injury report might say about your busted D-line.

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