The Seattle Seahawks have 11 players listed on their injury report heading into their week two matchup on Monday night. Players such as (LB) KJ Wright, (WR) Doug Baldwin and (LB) Bobby Wagner have all been ruled out for the game, which means it is next man up time for the Seahawks.
But who are the next men up?
On the defensive side of the ball Seattle will need two new linebackers to fill the void left by Wagner and Wright’s injuries.
Rookie Shaquem Griffin and Austin Calitro—a second year linebacker from Villanova—are listed as Wagner and Wright’s backups, according to the Seahawks’ official team page.
The pair had a combined seven tackles week one, according to Pro Football Reference, which was the first games of their career.
Seattle may also have holes in the secondary with starting corner backs Shaquill Griffin—Shaquems twin brother—and Tre Flowers—not the be mistaken for (DE) Trey Flowers—not participating in practicing on Friday.
If both players were unable to play their replacements are Justin Coleman and Neiko Thorpe, according to the Seahawks’ website. Thorpe began his career in 2012 with the Chiefs, and has played with the Seahawks since 2016.
Thorpe played in Seattle’s regular season opener against the Broncos but did not register a tackle, sack, pass defense or assist. He has one career interception and had two tackles last season, according to Pro Football Reference.
Coleman also played in the Seahawks opener and had one tackle. He had 25 tackles and 1.5 sacks in his 16 games a season ago.
Offensively the Seahawks have to deal with the top receiver and starting right guard D.J. Fluker.
Bladwin’s injury pushes former Bears receiver Brandon Marshall to the top of the depth chart. Fluker will be replaced by six-year veteran J.R. Sweezy, who played for the Seahawks when they won the Super Bowl in 2014.
Seattles injuries open the door for Chicago’s offense and should allow Allen Robinson and Jordan Howard to have impressive outings.
The team has handled last week’s loss “really well,” said Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy in a Sept. 14 press conference broadcast on Facebook. Nagy does not expect the loss to impact this week’s outcome.
“Their mentality has been great,” he said. “They have a positive energy going [on] right now. They understand there is nothing they can do the change what happened week one, but they can do everything in their power to help with their result week two.”