The Seattle Seahawks will be without at least five players against the Pittsburgh Steelers, with five others questionable. Star safety Jamal Adams will not play with swelling in his knee. This is the third straight game that Adams has missed, and the team decided to shut him down for now.
Edge rusher Frank Clark did not play at all last week, and will sit out again with the rest tag, an odd declaration. He will not be the only defensive lineman missing. Pete Carroll ruled out Mario Edwards with a knee injury, even though he was listed as questionable, and it is expected that he will miss the game. The team will rely on Boye Mafe, Derick Hall, and others to step up.
Lastly, key depth on the offensive line, Jason Peters, will miss the game with a foot injury. He could be out for a couple of weeks. But it is the questionable tags where the big names lie, and that could get dicey. Wide receiver Dee Eskridge remains sidelined with a rib injury.
DK Metcalf did not practice again, but Carroll seemed optimistic that he would play. If he could not, expect Tyler Lockett and Jaxon Smith-Njigba to see significant work, but in addition to that, more Jake Bobo. Kenneth Walker III is running back with an illness and shoulder injury, but he did practice on Friday. Carroll said he would be a game-time decision.
Cornerback Devon Witherspoon seems on track to play. While Carroll did list him as a game-time decision, Witherspoon has practiced all three days this week, and seemed to be more comfortable getting loose leading up to the Steelers game.
The surprise of the day was linebacker Jordyn Brooks. He will be a game-time decision, but he practiced for the first time all week. Carroll did not seem optimistic that he would play to start the week, but a Friday practice always leaves the door open. If he is out, Devin Bush will start.
Lastly, reserve linebacker and fullback Nick Bellore is questionable with a knee injury.