The Seahawks announced Saturday that Tharold Simon has been placed on season-ending injury reserve and that reserve running back Rod Smith has been added to the active roster for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Simon played against the Green Bay Packers in Week Two but otherwise has been sidelined all year long with a dislocated toe - and injury that unfortunately he's quite familiar with.
Pete Carroll discussed Simon's injury in more detail on Friday.
"He dislocated his second toe," Carroll said. "His nature has given him a toe that's got some issues and we've just got to work through it. He's had surgery on his other foot. Same toe, same situation. So that's something we're trying to work through right now. We'll see whether that's necessary or not."
The 6-foot-2, 202 pound Simon has the size, physicality and athleticism that perfectly suits Seattle's heavy man to man scheme but as Carroll noted, he's been plagued by leg injuries, missing all of his 2013 rookie campaign with his first toe/foot injury and missing six regular season games last season after undergoing knee surgery.
With Simon potentially needing yet another surgery and the Seahawks possibly in need of a roster spots to fill holes in its deteriorating roster, it is possible that Simon could get placed on the Injured Reserve list.
A tweet from Simon Saturday morning hardly sounded promising.
Life throws so many curve balls at you. U just have to learn how to keep pushing forward and pray for the best results— Tharold Simon (@lasnoop24) October 10, 2015
While much of the focus this week for Seahawks fans has been on Marshawn Lynch unavailability for Sunday's game or Seattle's beleaguered offensive line, concerns about depth in the secondary has been simmering on the back burner.
While the starters in the vaunted Legion of Boom enter Sunday's matchup with Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and the high-flying 4-0 Bengals relatively healthy, valuable nickel and dime defenders Tharold Simon, Marcus Burley and Tye Smith are each nursing injuries that threaten to keep all three out of Sunday's game and, at least for Simon, perhaps much longer.
After undergoing his own surgery (thumb) this week, Burley is out for the Bengals game. Carroll expressed optimism, however, that Burley would be back soon.
"The surgery went great," Carroll said. He's going to be able to make it back in a couple of weeks. Really this is an amazing turnaround from a legit broken thumb and all. But the surgery supposedly went great, and maybe three weeks from now he has a chance to get back out here."
Smith, a rookie with just one tackle thus far on his NFL resume, is battling a hip injury and may not be able to play Sunday.
The Seahawks, of course, will start Richard Sherman and Cary Williams at cornerback. DeShawn Shead and Steven Terrell will see plenty of action when the Bengals bring extra receivers onto the field.