Starting defensive end Colin Cole, a standout this year for the Seahawks, will not play this weekend because of an ankle injury suffered against the Oakland Raiders. Rookie receiver Golden Tate is also looking doubtful for Sunday's game against the New York Giants after landing awkwardly in the fourth quarter against the Raiders, injuring his ankle as well. The Seahawks are banged up as they get into the meat of the practice schedule ahead of this weekend's game.
The Everett Herald's John Boyle tweeted the news from the VMAC today.
DT Colin Cole (ankle) won't play this week. WR Golden Tate (ankle) likely out too. #Seahawks
The Seahawk run defense takes a serious hit without Cole in the lineup. From his nosetackle spot, Cole has been jamming the middle over the first half of the season, slowing down opponent's running games and apply pressure in passing situations. With Brandon Mebane still nursing a calf injury and Red Bryant on injured reserve, the Hawks are perilously thin up front. Junior Siavii will step in for Cole on the line.
Without Tate, the Seahawks lose a game-breaking threat in the passing and return game. The rookie has shown signs of life as he's adjusted to the NFL game.