Jadeveon Clowney returning means L.J. Collier was returning…to street clothes on the sidelines.
Clowney was back active for Monday night’s showdown with Minnesota at CenturyLink Field. That left Collier, the fellow defensive end and rookie first-round draft choice, inactive for the fifth time in 12 games this debut season.
Collier being a healthy scratch for the second time in three games and tight end Luke Willson missing his second consecutive game with a pulled hamstring were the news of Seattle’s list of inactive players announced 90 minutes before kickoff.
Clowney played as the Seahawks’ top pass rusher after missing the previous game, a win at the Eagles. Clowney was in Philadelphia seeing specialist Dr. William Meyers about a core-muscle injury.
Meyers usually performs surgeries on the athletes he sees. But Saturday Clowney said he had the doctor hold off on surgery and prescribe treatment instead. The defensive end believes he can get through the end of Seattle’s season with his abdominal issue.
Coach Pete Carroll said before the game Clowney, who manhandled the 49ers in his previous game to lead Seattle past previously unbeaten San Francisco, “is fine” to return to playing.
Starting defensive tackle Jarran Reed was also active Monday despite being listed as questionable to play, as was Clowney. Reed walked out of the visting locker room six days ago in Philadelphia in a walking boot with a sprained ankle.
Fellow tackle Al Woods, an effective run stopper all season, was also active to play against 1,000-yard rusher Davlin Cook and the Vikings. The team had also listed Woods as questionable Saturday.
Carroll said starting linebacker Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) was questionable to play but was active. He tested his injury during early pregame warmups.
Special-teams mainstay Neiko Thorpe (groin) and fullback Nick Bellore (quadriceps) were inactive.
So were rookie wide receiver John Ursua, rookie guard Phil Haynes and running back C.J. Prosise, again.
The Seahawks had three rookie draft choices inactive again. Last month they waived a fourth rookie pick, wide receiver Gary Jennings.
Gregg Bell is the Seahawks and NFL writer for The News Tribune. In January 2019 he was named the Washington state sportswriter of the year by the National Sports Media Association. He started covering the NFL in 2002 as the Oakland Raiders beat writer for The Sacramento Bee. The Ohio native began covering the Seahawks in their first Super Bowl season of 2005. In a prior life he graduated from West Point …read more
Source:: Daily Times