Coach Pete Carroll has already ruled safety and special-teams player Jeron Johnson out for Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against Carolina with the elbow injury he sustained in the regular-season finale Dec. 28 against St. Louis.
Tony Moeaki's injury is new -- and potentially worrisome to the Seahawks' offense. The tight end Seattle signed Nov. 4 after he reached an injury settlement with the Buffalo Bills over a summer hamstring issue has eight catches in six games, with an average of 16.8 yards per catch. His last four receptions have been for first downs. The reasons why the Chiefs, for whom he was a rookie starter with 47 catches in 2010, and Bills let him go is because of injuries. He missed all of 2011 because of an injured knee and has a history of shoulder problems; he was inactive for the Dec. 21 game at Arizona because of a shoulder injury.
Carroll is scheduled to address the injury situation tomorrow following practice.
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Other than the key loss of emerging defensive tackle Jordan Hill, who went on injured reserve yesterday with a calf injury, the Seahawks are in decent shape physically for the playoffs -- as they should be following last week's first-round bye they earned as the NFC's top seed. Center Max Unger is back fully participating and will start Saturday at center for the first time since he sustained a high-ankle sprain seven games ago at Kansas City.
Michael Bennett's "NIR" designation is the NFL euphemism for "veteran rest" from practice.