DETROIT – John Moffitt is back, just not all the way.
The second-year guard is among the Seahawks’ inactive players for today’s game against the Lions at Ford Field – as are pass-rushing defensive tackle Jason Jones and wide receiver Braylon Edwards.
Moffitt, a third-round draft choice last year, missed the past four games because of a knee injury. In his absence, Paul McQuistan moved from left guard to the right side and was replaced at left guard by James Carpenter.
Moffitt returned to practice this week, but coach Pete Carroll said on Friday, “John is close. He has practiced every day this week, didn’t get all of the work, but he practiced enough to have a chance to play.”
Jones did not practice all week because of an ankle injury. His presence in the nickel line will be missed against a Lions team that averages 46 passes a game.
“It’s really a big deal if we can’t get him out there,” Carroll said on Friday. “We’re starting to learn how to rush together and we have a chance to get really good here as we grow together. It’s unfortunate because Jason is a big deal, he’s been involved in a lot of stuff. He has two or three sacks, but he’s been involved a bunch and been a factor. We’ll miss him if we can’t get him out there.”
Edwards participated in the Saturday walkthrough at a local high school, and was expected to share time at split end with Golden Tate. But Edwards woke up this morning with a swollen knee. The knee was drained, but it became swollen again when he went through pregame warmups.
Also inactive for the Seahawks:
WR Doug Baldwin
CB Byron Maxell
CB Danny Gorrer
DT Jaye Howard