Seahawks Insider Blog

Cassius Marsh latest D-lineman to get hurt; Seahawks down to one healthy TE, Cooper Helfet

Wide receiver Percy Harvin did not practice today because of a thigh injury. But before we sound alarms recall that last week the Seahawks also gave him Thursday off from practice and listed him with a thigh injury then, too, before he played against Dallas.

The newer concern that could affect Sunday's game at St. Louis is now two injured defensive linemen who have been seeing time in the rotation as early as the first drives of recent games: end Cassius Marsh was added to the list today with a foot injury and tackle Jordan Hill missed his second consecutive practice with an ankle issue.

Cornerback Byron Maxwell missed a second straight day of practice because of the calf he strained last weekend against the Cowboys. It's looking more likely Tharold Simon, now fully practicing for the first time since knee surgery six weeks ago, or DeShawn Shead will start at cornerback for Maxwell against the Rams. That would leave Marcus Burley, who came in last weekend after Maxwell got hurt, to play nickel as he has in the first five games.

"We are very much ready to see Tharold play as much as we have to," is how defensive coordinator Dan Quinn put it following this afternoon's sunny practice.

Tight end Luke Willson also missed practice with a newly listed groin injury. Starting tight end Zach Miller  is already out for the week. He had ankle surgery three weeks ago and does not look close to returning. Cooper Helfet is currently the only tight end on the roster that is not on the injury list. That means tackle Garry Gilliam, who was a tight end for all but his final season at Penn State and played one down there two weeks ago at Washington, may need to brush off his tight-end skills again this weekend.

Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane rested today.