RENTON -- The Seahawks will be without free safety Tedric Thompson and strong safety Bradley McDougald is also questionable to play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.
Thompson was ruled out by the Seahawks due to chest and ankle injuries that kept him from practicing throughout the week. McDougald has been away from the team until Friday after practice to get treatment to address patella tendonitis in his right knee that has bothered him for at least the last two months.
It could force Seattle to turn to some combination of Delano Hill, Shalom Luani and Maurice Alexander to face the high-powered Chiefs offense.
Head coach Pete Carroll didn't have an exact description for Thompson's injury, but said it will take them at least another week to properly handle it.
"He’s not in any discomfort from what he’s got," Carroll said. "It’s just something that they found and so we just got to take a look at it and give him some time for it to go away.
"He’s got some swelling in there that’s of question so we’re just making sure that we’re doing the right thing. There’s just some fluid or something in an unusual place. ... He just can’t play with it so we have to wait until it goes away."
Meanwhile, McDougald had not yet returned to the team when Carroll spoke to reporters after practice on Friday. Carroll wouldn't say who would replace Thompson and McDougald if they were both unable to play, but he seemed to think McDougald would be able to play.
"I can’t believe Bradley is not playing in this game," he said. "He has every intention of playing and he just had to miss the week for his treatments."
Safety isn't the only area of concern for the Seahawks on the injury front.
Right tackle Germain Ifedi tweaked his groin in practice on Thursday and is also questionable to play. This comes on the heels of right guard D.J. Fluker missing the last two games with a hamstring strain and Jordan Simmons being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Fluker did not practice this week, but Carroll said he has not been ruled out as of yet.
“He’s trying to hold out hope for game day recovery so we’ll see how that goes," he said.
Ifedi will also be a game-time decision for Seattle.
"Yesterday in a drill he just tweaked his groin so we’ve got to see what that means. A lot of stuff going on at game time," Carroll said.
Ethan Pocic replaced Simmons last week against the San Francisco 49ers and George Fant would be the likely replacement for Ifedi at right tackle if he is unable to go. Seattle could have looked to try to move Ifedi into guard and placed Fant at right tackle to address the injury concerns at right guard, but the injury to Ifedi would take that option off the table. Additionally, if Fant is called upon to play tackle, it would significantly limit Seattle's ability to use six offensive lineman, which has been a regular sight this season.
One player who isn't questionable is linebacker K.J. Wright.
Wright was off the final injury report of the week and will return to action after missing the last five games and 11 overall this season with a knee injury sustained in the preseason. Wright said he will be on a "pitch count" as they try to be smart about not overdoing it in his first game back.
"Got to be smart because it hasn't played a full game since last year," Wright said. "You've got to be smart and just make sure that you don't want it to get sore."
Wright underwent the same treatment that McDougald has been away from the team for a few weeks ago.
"It's the best I've felt," Wright said. "I'm out there running around with no pain, just out there flying around having a good old time. It just feels good to play healthy. Your mind is focused on other things versus your knee."
Wright said that that pitch count will go away once the playoffs begin.
"We make the playoffs, I'll be playing every play then," he said.
Cornerback Shaquill Griffin (hip), long snapper Tyler Ott (illness) and defensive tackle Jarran Reed (oblique/groin) are all expected to play despite their questionable status. Running back Rashaad Penny will be a game-time decision.
Photo Credit: SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16: Dante Pettis #18 of the San Francisco 49ers runs after a catch against Tedric Thompson #33 of the Seattle Seahawks during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)