Less than two hours before kickoff, the Seattle Seahawks officially ruled out cornerback Tre Flowers and guard D.J. Fluker, leaving the team without five starters against the Chicago Bears.
Flowers attempted to test his hamstring during warm-ups, but couldn't finish after missing all of Seattle's practices this week. Coach Pete Carroll said on Saturday that the rookie corner suffered the injury during last week's opener in Denver.
As for Fluker, the Seahawks have been slowing working him back from a hamstring injury of his own. Rather than rush him into the lineup, Seattle will stick with experienced veteran J.R. Sweezy in his place for a second straight week on the right side of the line.
Along with Flowers and Fluker, linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright as well as receiver Doug Baldwin were already ruled out on Saturday. Wagner injured his groin against the Broncos, while Wright has been rehabbing following knee surgery and Baldwin could miss several weeks with a right MCL injury.
To offset the absence of Wagner and Wright, Seattle unexpectedly signed linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who could face eventual suspension after pleading guilty to insider trading charges. He will see snaps along with Austin Calitro and Shaquem Griffin at the middle and weakside linebacker spots.
The Seahawks also promoted receiver Keenan Reynolds, who spent the entire preseason and training camp with the team before landing on the practice squad to start the season. Carroll said Seattle "trusts him" after seeing extensive snaps at Baldwin's slot receiver position in exhibition play, catching four passes for 35 yards in four games.
To wrap up inactives, safety Delano Hill will be sidelined with a hip injury and guard Jordan Simmons will be a healthy scratch for a second straight week.