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Tharold Simon declared inactive for Seahawks opener vs. Rams, likely pushing rookie Tye Smith or safety convert DeShawn Shead into action

Though listed on Seattle's injury report this week with a toe, Simon being held out of the opener against the St. Louis Rams is a surprise and means that the Seahawks will only field four traditional cornerbacks. Fortunately, veteran DeShawn Shead has shown enough versatility to handle playing both cornerback and safety.

The Seahawks announced their inactives for today's opener against the St. Louis Rams and there were a few surprises, including cornerback Tharold Simon and wide receiver/emergency quarterback B.J. Daniels.

Simon was listed on the injury report this week with a toe injury but there was otherwise little indication that the issue would sideline him for today's game. With Simon out, Cary Williams will certainly start opposite Richard Sherman (as was expected). Veteran Marcus Burley will likely draw the first action at nickel corner. Rookie Tye Smith could see the field, as well, though DeShawn Shead could just as easily slide over from safety and play.

Daniels wasn't as surprising of an inactive but is an indication that Tarvaris Jackson really is ready to play should something happen to Russell Wilson. Frankly, it is an impressive recovery for Jackson, who went down in the preseason opener with what looked like a potentially serious injury and was fortunate to "only" have a high ankle sprain.

The rest of Seattle's inactives were predictable with FB Will Tukuafu, LB Mike Morgan, G Mark Glowinski, C/G Kristjan Sokoli and DT David King.

The Rams had some tough decisions among their inactives, as well, including running back Tre Mason. With the team's presumptive No. 1 running back in rookie Todd Gurley already declared out for this contest due to his recovery from last year's torn ACL, Rams coach Jeff Fisher had hoped Mason would be ready to go. Fisher watched Mason go through warmups today but ultimately decided that the former Auburn standout wasn't ready to push his testy hamstring. That means veteran Benny Cunningham will be getting the start for the Rams. St. Louis is expected to complement Cunningham with former slot receiver Tavon Austin at running back. His speed and hands out of the backfield make Austin a dangerous change of pace back, especially with Nick Foles likely to see plenty of pressure from the Seahawks pass rush. 

St. Louis' other inactives are: linebacker Daren Bates, offensive linemen Andrew Donnal and Darrell Williams, rookie quarterback Sean Mannion and wide receiver Brian Quick. Top Stories