Friday practices are over and injury reports have started to trickle in. For the Seattle Seahawks, their injury report for Week 9 of the 2012 NFL season holds both good and bad news. While the NFL's second-leading rusher Marshawn Lynch is probable to play along with guard John Moffitt and wide receiver Doug Baldwin, one of the team's best pass rushers, defensive tackle Jason Jones, is out with an ankle injury.
Along with Baldwin, Lynch and Moffitt, defensive tackle Alan Branch is also probable for Sunday's game after missing Friday's practice due to a death in the family, and wide receiver Braylon Edwards will be alongside Jones on the side lines with a knee injury, as he's been officially ruled out. Guard James Carpenter, cornerback Byron Maxwell and defensive end Greg Scruggs are questionable. Scruggs has an oblique injury, Maxwell a hamstring, and Carpenter is new to the report with an 'illness'.
The biggest blow to the Seahawks will be Jones missing his second straight game. Jones, acquired in the offseason after playing his first four seasons with the Tennessee Titans, has accounted for 2 1/2 of the Seahawks 21 quarterback sacks, but has provided consistent interior pressure for the Seahawks in their nickel packages.
A more positive note, though, is the fact that Baldwin is probable for Sunday's game after suffering a high ankle sprain just a week and a half ago while playing against the San Francisco 49ers.
If there are any Seahawks faithful that were looking forward to seeing the return of former Seahawks tight end John Carlson, don't hold your breath. The Vikings' Carlson has been ruled out due to a concussion.
Both the Seahawks and Vikings are looking to continue to keep their playoff hopes alive as we enter the second half of the 2012 season. Since both the Seahawks and Vikings have similar styles of play, having the healthier team could easily be a deciding factor.