As if moving the ball this season wasn’t sufficiently difficult, the 0-2 Seahawks officially will be without WR Doug Baldwin (knee) and LG Ethan Pocic (ankle) Sunday, joining LB K.J. Wright on the sidelines for the home opener against the Dallas Cowboys. There’s a chance C Justin Britt, listed as questionable, may not play because of a shoulder injured chasing a fumble Sunday in Chicago.
Newcomer LB Mychal Kendricks (ankle) is also listed as questionable.
The good news for fans is the Seahawks get back LB Bobby Wagner (groin), CB Tre Flowers (hamstring) and RG D.J. Fluker, who will make his first start of the season at right guard after recovering from a hamstring strain.
J.R. Sweezy, who started at right guard Sunday against the Bears, will move left to Pocic’s spot. He’s spent his career on the right side, but practiced at both spots since his return to Seattle.
If Britt, who has missed only one game since he becme a starter, can’t go, Joey Hunt, who played most of the fourth quarter Sunday, will fill in.
The shuffle means that the Seahawks could have players in three positions in the line who didn’t start against the Bears. Which isn’t necessarily bad — the Seahawks, with 138 yards on the ground, are 29th in the NFL in rushing.
In a week filled with criticism regarding the offense, new coordinator Brian Schottenheimer stepped up and offered a self-lash too.
“I need to do a better job, I’ll be the first to say that,” he said Thursday. “It’s just one of those things where you get a lot of thoughts and advice as a play caller. Not just from Pete, from everybody until it’s third-and-22 and you’re backed up on your one-yard line. You’re like, ‘Hey guys, what do you like? Hello? Hello?’
“I think some of it’s me learning Pete a little bit. Hey look, I get paid to call the plays. I need to do a better job. Sometimes it gets you off your game. It’s not Pete, it’s just different things. It’s hard to find a rhythm sometimes. But I need to be better and I will be.”
Thomas doesn’t practice; Sunday in question
“We’ll see how he’s doing and make sure he’s OK,” Carroll said. “He’s got some other stuff going on. That’s what we’re working on. It’s personal. That’s why we’re not going to talk about it.”
NFL.com reported that Thomas had not been traded and reiterated Carroll’s statement that Thomas was dealing with a personal issue. Two teammates told NFL.com anonymously that they expected him to play.