In this Week 7 matchup, the San Francisco 49ers (4-2) will host the Seattle Seahawks (4-2). In this NFC West showdown that will determine the division leader prior to Sunday's games, the 49ers look to rebound from a big loss to the New York Giants while the Seahawks hope to continue their impressive play after a one-point victory at home against the New England Patriots. Here's a look at the injuries sustained by both teams for this Week 7 contest.
Out for Seahawks: G John Moffitt (knee)
The only player from both teams who will definitely not play in the game, Moffitt has a knee injury from several weeks ago. "Everyone else, it looks like they have a chance," said head coach Pete Carroll regarding the health of the rest of his roster.
Out for 49ers: None
Doubtful for Seahawks: CB Bryon Maxwell (hamstring)
Despite the doubtful tag, Maxwell could be back from his strained hamstring. A cornerback low on the depth chart, his absence would be minimal considering the two tackles he has collected this season. On a related note, Walter Thurmond is now eligible to return from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list but will not be activated for the game.
Doubtful for 49ers: None
Questionable for Seahawks: None
Questionable for 49ers: RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), WR Mario Manningham (shoulder), T Joe Staley (concussion)
Despite going through his third full week of practice, Jacobs is still listed as questionable and has yet to suit up for a game. He appears to be healthy and ready, it's just a matter of if the coaches plan to use him. Manningham was a limited participant at practice for the past two days and wore a black, "no contact" jersey. He is expected to play and will be a helpful receiver against the Seahawks' big secondary.
The biggest injury for the 49ers this week is Staley's condition for Thursday due to concussion concerns. Despite being symptom-free on Tuesday, his status for the game will not be decided until right before teams submit their inactive lists 90 minutes before kickoff. If he does play, he'll have a tough time matchup up against speed rushers Chris Clemons and rookie Bruce Irvin. If he does not play, starting right guard Alex Boone would move to left tackle and veteran Leonard Davis would take Boone's place as a starter.
Probable for Seahawks: S Kam Chancellor (ankle), Clinton McDonald (groin)
Despite being limited in practice by a sore ankle this week and an elbow injury at the end of last week's game, Chancellor is expected to play. A huge part of Seattle's dominant secondary, he is tied with Bobby Wagner for second-most total tackles on the team behind K.J. Wright's 45 tackles. McDonald has recovered quickly from his groin injury and should return this week after not playing against the Patriots.
Probable for 49ers: K David Akers (illness), LB Tavares Gooden (elbow), P Andy Lee (hand), QB Alex Smith (finger)
Lee and Smith are once again listed as probable for the same injuries to their hand and finger, respectively. Gooden, primarily a special-teams contributor, has only four tackles on the season and is expect to play but would not be a huge loss if he were unable to play in this game. Akers missed practice on Tuesday with an illness and was back on Wednesday, meaning he will play in this game.
NFL Injuries, Yahoo! Sports
G John Moffitt only Seahawk player deemed unlikely to play Thursday, Seahawks Blog, The Seattle Times
Kam Chancellor expected to play; Byron Maxwell doubtful, Seahawks Blog, The Seattle Times
Manningham, Staley listed as questionable, CSN Bay Area
49ers-Seahawks: Two starters iffy for tonight's game, 49ers Blog and Q&A, The Sacramento Bee
Seattle Seahawks Stats, Yahoo! Sports
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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.
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