The Seattle Seahawks are messing with fire in a meaningless game versus the Arizona Cardinals and they just got singed a little bit.
In the first quarter, starting left cornerback Shaquill Griffin was having one of his best run-stopping efforts of the season with five total tackles (two solo tackles) and a tackle for a loss but his good game just wasn’t meant to be or maybe he was playing a bit too hard (no such thing) because he turned his ankle on an early defensive play and had to hobble off the field.
The Seahawks officially announced Griffin as questionable to return with an ankle injury but he has not seen any action since injuring his ankle and that’s probably for the best with a playoff matchup coming next week and the team already having some injuries in the secondary. The Seahawks didn’t even start free safety Tedric Thompson due to his ankle injury despite the fluid in his chest clearing out, which was the injury that held him out week 16 action. They also have Bradley McDougald’s patellar tendonitis in which to monitor. He is playing on Sunday despite being listed as questionable on the injury report.
For now, Griffin remains out of the game as the Seahawks entered halftime in a matchup becoming more meaningless by the second. He’s been replaced by Akeem King who the Arizona Cardinals have been targeting to some success in the first half.
The Seahawks currently lead by a score of 14-13 but that lead may not matter in the end. The Chicago Bears currently hold a 13-3 lead over the Minnesota Vikings and if the Vikings lose, the Seahawks clinch the fifth seed even if the Seahawks loss. The Seahawks can also clinch with a win but none of that is worth losing a starting player over in the first place.
Currently, Griffin is the only player the Seahawks have seen suffer any real damage and according to reports on hand, it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. According to the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta, Griffin got the ankle taped and looks like he could go back onto the field if he needed to do so. He didn’t even go back to the locker room; so that’s a good sign. The Seahawks may not need him this week but they certainly need him versus Amari Cooper and the Dallas Cowboys.
Head coach Pete Carroll will have the final word on Griffin’s status but they appear to have averted disaster. But if they plan to continue to play their starters, they have another half of football to get through. And since they’re decidedly not blowing out the Cardinals, he can’t pull the starters based onBu the game flow, which means he’s unlikely to pull them at all.