Despite being classified by coach Pete Carroll as "good to go" on Friday, the Seattle Seahawks will be without the services of starting tight end Nick Vannett in Sunday's international game against the Oakland Raiders.
Vannett missed two practices this week dealing with a back injury, but Carroll indicated the Seahawks simply were resting him on Friday. All signs pointed to him suiting up to play.
Instead, Seattle signed tight end Tyrone Swoopes off the practice squad on Saturday, creating doubt about Vannett's status. The ex-Texas quarterback, along with Darrell Daniels, will now be one of only two healthy tight ends active against the Raiders on Sunday. Seattle will also have tackle George Fant available to play as a pseudo-tight end if necessary.
The Seahawks also ruled defensive end Dion Jordan inactive, as Carroll said he's been "nursing his knee" coming back from offseason surgery. The veteran defender has battled injuries all season long, and with rookie Rasheem Green already on the shelf with a significant ankle sprain, Seattle will be missing two of its top pass rushers in this contest.
Among other inactives, linebacker K.J. Wright will miss his sixth straight game to open the season, as the Seahawks didn't want to rush him back from knee surgery with the bye week coming up after the team returns from London. Barkevious Mingo and Austin Calitro should receive the bulk of the snaps at weakside linebacker, while rookie Shaquem Griffin will also be available if needed.
Rounding out Seattle's inactives, running back C.J. Prosise will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game in favor of Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny. Safety T.J. Green, who signed with Seattle last week, as well as guard Jordan Simmons, will also be inactive despite being fully healthy.