The Seattle Seahawks were expected to keep J.R. Sweezy in the starting lineup at left guard for Sunday's NFC West tilt with the Los Angeles Rams, but former starter Ethan Pocic surprisingly will miss a third straight game.
Pocic, who injured his ankle in a Week 2 loss to the Bears, spent time in a walking boot and missed two weeks of practice before returning in a limited capacity this week. The Seahawks listed him as questionable and it seemed he would return as one of the team's reserve linemen against the Rams, but instead, the team will enter the game with guard Jordan Simmons, tackle George Fant, and center Joey Hunt as backup options.
In the good news department, the Seahawks will have starting defensive end Frank Clark back to chase down Rams quarterback Jared Goff after he missed practice throughout the week with food poisoning. He tweeted on Friday that he received IVs and would be ready to suit up on Sunday.
Aside from Pocic remaining out, the Seahawks will once again be without linebacker K.J. Wright, who still needs time to recover from knee surgery. With Mychal Kendricks suspended indefinitely, second-year linebacker Austin Calitro will start in his place.
Rookie defensive end Rasheem Green, who suffered an ankle sprain against the Cowboys two weeks ago, will also miss a second consecutive game.
Additionally, Seattle listed running back C.J. Prosise, receiver Keenan Reynolds, defensive tackle Naz Jones, and safety T.J. Green as healthy scratches.
While Green just signed with the Seahawks earlier this week and needs time to get acclimated with his new team, Jones being held out signals undrafted rookie Poona Ford has passed him on the depth chart. Thanks to the return of starter Chris Carson, Prosise will be held out again in favor of Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny as the other two active running backs.