While Pete Carroll reiterated that the Seahawks are preparing for the Cardinals as if it were a playoff game (including flying out on Friday), Seattle certainly will be shorthanded.
Michael Bennett was added to the injury report with Carroll saying that the team's most disruptive defensive lineman was not at practice Wednesday and instead had "a procedure" done on his troublesome toe. Carroll said Bennett was to receive an injection which may force him to miss Sunday's game.
Bennett's terrific quickness helped him record an early tackle for loss in Sunday's disappointing loss to the St. Louis Rams but he and fellow rusher Cliff Avril were surprisingly quiet last week with the Seahawks failing to record a single sack of Case Keenum and an inexperienced offensive line.
Carroll also provided an update on tight end Luke Willson, who remains out while undergoing the concussion protocol. Carroll said that backup tight Chase Coffman would be ready to play against the Cardinals should Willson not be able to go.
The injury to Willson a week ago left the Seahawks with only one healthy tight end - reserve Cooper Helfet - available against the Rams, contributing to Seattle's "offensive" performance on offense.
In a bit of good news, Carroll said that left tackle Russell Okung "is on his way back" from a calf strain and that the Seahawks' left tackle did participate in today's walk-through portion of practice.
Unfortunately, while Okung might be coming back, right guard J.R. Sweezy could be on the way out. Sweezy missed Wednesday's practice due to a concussion.
The starting right guard in 48 of the past 49 games for the Seahawks, Sweezy has been the rock of Seattle's offensive line. If he was unable to play Sunday (or in the wildcard round) it likely would be Seattle's swing lineman and human Swiss Arm Knife Alvin Bailey making the jump from left tackle to right guard.
While the Seahawks may be limited in the regular season finale, the club remains confident that Lynch, Chancellor, Bennett and Willson will all be back in time for the wildcard playoff game. The Seahawks opponent has yet to be determined with the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins all possibilities based on Week 17 games.