The two big questions heading into Sunday’s game from the St. Louis Rams perspective are DT Michael Brockers and RB Steven Jackson. Both are questionable for the game; Brockers was limited all week in practice, while Jackson didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday before being a limited participant on Friday.
Jackson played last Sunday despite not practicing, an indication coach Jeff Fisher may have just been giving Jackson’s groin more time to heal before this weekend. Jackson and the Rams struggled to run the ball against the Bears, and they’ll have an equally hard time on the ground against the Seahawks. Even if Jackson is able to dress Sunday, it remains to be seen how effective he will be at less than 100 percent.
Brockers is another story. Brockers hasn’t played in a regular season game yet this year but participated in all four preseason games before suffering a high ankle sprain in the final preseason game. The coaching staff was still unsure of Brockers’ availability for Sunday, but Brockers himself was adamant that he’d be on the field.
If he does go and is healthy enough to have an impact it’d be a huge help to the interior of the Rams defensive line. The Rams have had trouble stopping the run in his absence, and the Seahawks boast one of the league’s best running backs in Marshawn Lynch. Brockers was a run stopper at LSU, and the Rams hope he’ll have a similar effect while also developing a pass rush at the pro level.
-Along with Brockers and Jackson, S Matt Daniels and T Rodger Saffold are out for Sunday’s game; DT Matt Conrath is doubtful; and T Wayne Hunter is questionable. Hunter was limited Wednesday and Thursday before sitting out Friday’s practice, but he’s another player expected to try to tough it out on Sunday.
-For Seattle, WR Doug Baldwin, DT Greg Scruggs, DT Jason Jones, T Breno Giacomini and CB Byron Maxwell are probable; G John Moffitt is doubtful; and DT Jaye Howard, LB Leroy Hill and TE Anthony McCoy are questionable.
Many of the players were given extra days to heal after the Seahawks played in the Monday night game. Coming off a short week, possibly the biggest unknown for Sunday is Hill. A starter at outside linebacker, Hill did not practice all week with a calf injury. Hill has started all three games for the Seahawks and has 13 tackles on the year.