Sunday, October 4, 2009
Seahawks without a true third quarterback
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Seahawks-Colts game will not be the same without Bob Sanders, Walter Jones and Matt Hasselbeck.
All three were among the players named inactive in Week 4.
Two other injury-related absences stand out as significant in this game. Josh Wilson's inability to play despite making significant progress following a high-ankle sprain leaves Seattle without two of its top three cornerbacks, a seemingly impossible predicament against Peyton Manning.
The Seahawks did not designate a third quarterback for this game. If injuries knocked out Seneca Wallace and rookie Mike Teel, I think Deion Branch might get a look at quarterback.
Not having Jones at left tackle would be a big deal for Seattle even if the Colts had named Dwight Freeney inactive. Freeney is active for this game, a surprise. The question might be whether he's close to 100 percent. If he is, the Seahawks will have problems at left tackle.
Inactive for Seattle: Jones, Hasselbeck, tackle Sean Locklear, linebacker Leroy Hill, defensive tackle Red Bryant, defensive lineman Michael Bennett and tight end Cameron Morrah.
Inactive for the Colts: Sanders, linebacker Gary Brackett, cornerback Kelvin Hayden, tackle Tony Ugoh, linebacker Clint Session, offensive lineman Jamey Richard and defensive tackle Fili Moala. Curtis Painter is the third quarterback.The Seahawks have five receivers active. That is generally the maximum. They have eight offensive lineman active, one more than usual. They have two tight ends active, one fewer than usual. They have four running backs active, one fewer than usual.