Wild Card Weekend is almost here, with the first four teams opening practice and releasing their first injury reports on Tuesday. Ahead of the Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers game, both teams released injury reports that contained several intriguing names on both offense and defense. Let’s take a look at those injury reports and who might be in danger of missing Saturday’s game.
Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers Injury Report for Wild Card Weekend
The injury report listed below reflects the status of the various players following Wednesday’s practice. We will update the list below as the week progresses and we get further updates on the status of the players for both teams.
Seahawks Injury Report
*The Seahawks conducted a walkthrough Tuesday, so the injury report is an estimation.
- RB DeeJay Dallas | DNP (Ankle/Quads)
- TE Noah Fant | DNP -> LP (Knee)
- CB Xavier Crawford | DNP (Hamstring)
- DE Shelby Harris | DNP (Knee)
- G Phil Haynes | DNP (Ankle)
- LB Bruce Irvin | LP -> FP (Pectoral)
- S Ryan Neal | LP (Knee)
- NT Al Woods | LP -> DNP (Achilles)
- WR Tyler Lockett | FP (Shin)
- OT Abraham Lucas | FP (Knee)
- G Damien Lewis | FP (Ankle)
- RB Kenneth Walker III | FP -> DNP (Ankle)
- CB Tariq Woolen | FP (Ankle)
- G Gabe Jackson | DNP (NIR – Resting Player)
The first thing to note on this injury report is Lockett and Walker are projected as full participants to open the week. Both have been either limited or absent to start practice over the last few weeks of the season. Seeing them both able to open the week as projected full participants mean that, barring a setback, both should be on the field Saturday. Walker was absent from practice Wednesday, but that may be a planned rest situation.
Elsewhere on offense, there are concerns over Haynes, Dallas, and Fant after Seattle listed them as estimated non-participants on Tuesday. Haynes missed the game last week, while Dallas suffered an injury in the Week 18 game. Fant has been a regular appearance on the injury report this year but has managed to play through any concerns. He was upgraded to a limited participant on Wednesday.
Defensively, Harris is another player who got hurt last week and is now facing a race against time on a short week. Neal being projected to be limited is promising after missing the final three games of the season. Irvin and Woods were also listed as limited, giving them a decent chance of playing this week. Irvin was upgraded to a full participant on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Woods was a non-participant but with a “rest” designation.
The good news for the Seahawks’ secondary is that exciting rookie corner Woolen was projected to be a full participant. He briefly left the Week 18 game against the Los Angeles Rams before returning to the field shortly after.
Gabe Jackson was added to the injury report on Thursday but with a rest designation.
49ers Injury Report
- DE Nick Bosa | DNP->FP (Resting)
- QB Jimmy Garoppolo | DNP (Foot)
- CB Ambry Thomas | DNP (Ankle)
- DT Arik Armstead | LP (Foot/Ankle)
- G Aaron Banks | LP (Ankle/Knee)
- LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles | LP (Neck)
- DT Javon Kinlaw | LP (Knee)
- RB Christian McCaffrey | LP (Knee)
- OLB Dre Greenlaw | LP (Back)
- DT Kevin Givens | FP (Knee)
The two names atop the injury report for the 49ers, Bosa and Garoppolo, will have caught the eye immediately. The good news for Bosa is that the 49ers designated him as a “resting player,” suggesting he should be fine for the weekend. Bosa returned to practice as a full participant on Wednesday. Garoppolo seems unlikely to be ready for Wild Card Weekend as he continues to deal with a foot injury but has a chance to return during the NFL playoffs.
In terms of the offense, Banks and McCaffrey are listed as limited. McCaffrey has been a regular on the 49ers’ injury report this year but has not missed any games due to injury since arriving in the Bay Area. Banks missed last week after not participating this week, so opening the week limited is a good sign.
On the defensive side of the ball, Thomas opens the week as a non-participant after missing last week’s game. His absence hurts the 49ers’ cornerback depth, which could be important going up against two good receivers in Lockett and DK Metcalf.
Among the names limited in practice are starting defensive options Armstead, Kinlaw, and Greenlaw. All three should be able to play this week, but we will need to keep an eye on their status throughout the rest of the week.