The Seahawks elevated quarterback Sean Mannion from the practice squad ahead of their Week 14 game against the 49ers, giving them additional depth at the position with starter Geno Smith questionable with a groin injury.
Linebacker Patrick O’Connell was also promoted from the practice squad, giving Seattle additional depth with Jordyn Brooks questionable with an ankle injury. Additionally, outside linebacker Frank Clark will not travel with the team to Santa Clara (non-injury related/inactive).
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Smith, who injured his hip in practice Thursday, will be a game-day decision.
“He tweaked his hip a little bit yesterday, just tripping over someone,” Carroll said after Friday’s practice.
Asked if Smith would play Sunday against the 49ers, Carroll said: “We’ll see. We rested him today.”
If Smith can’t play, Drew Lock will start his first game since joining the team last year, and Mannion will serve as the backup. Mannion previously spent time with the Seahawks during training camp in 2021, and on the practice squad last year. The former third-round pick out of Oregon has appeared in 14 games with three starts in his career. He was most recently a member of Minnesota’s practice squad before being released last week.
Carroll noted that he was impressed by how quickly Mannion was back in Seattle’s offense after his arrival on Thursday, saying: “It’s amazing that he can remember that he can come back – he was with another team here just two weeks ago with Minnesota. He’s a very special football player.” “. Because he has a lot of leadership, so that’s really a benefit for us.”
O’Connell, an undrafted rookie out of Montana, will make his regular-season NFL debut if he is active Sunday.
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