Seahawks’ Geno Smith’s Participation Uncertain Against 49ers, While Key Running Back Kenneth Walker III Faces Doubtful Status

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Geno Smith (Credits: Gaming Today)

The possibility remains open for Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith to participate in Thursday night’s matchup against the 49ers. However, another crucial offensive component for Seattle, running back Kenneth Walker III, is less likely to take the field.

The Seahawks released their Wednesday injury report, designating Smith as questionable due to an elbow/triceps injury suffered during Sunday’s game against the Rams. Despite the setback, Smith returned for the final drive, contributing to the team’s 17-16 loss. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll expressed optimism on Monday about Smith’s availability, stating, “I’m thinking he is” when asked on Wednesday.

NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported that Smith has been progressing positively in recent days, and as of now, there have been no changes to his status for the upcoming game.

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Geno Smith (Credits: Sports Illustrated)

In the last game, Smith showcased resilience, completing 22 of 34 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown, helping the Seahawks establish a 16-7 lead. Unfortunately, his efforts were not enough, as a missed 55-yard field goal attempt by Jason Myers sealed the team’s defeat.

On the other hand, the outlook is less promising for running back Kenneth Walker III, who sustained an oblique injury in the first quarter against the Rams. While Carroll indicated that Walker might not require a stint on injured reserve, his availability for the upcoming week remains uncertain.

Smith has faced challenges this season, marked by two separate injuries that sidelined him in previous games. After an impressive performance with 30 touchdowns in 17 games last season, he has thrown for only 12 touchdowns in 10 outings this year, with reduced completion percentages and passing averages.

Despite Smith’s career year in the previous season, the Seahawks were unable to overcome the 49ers in all three meetings in 2022, including a wild-card playoff game. In those encounters, Smith threw three touchdowns, completing 74% of his passes, but also had three turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble).

Walker III has been a vital force for the Seahawks, leading the team with 621 rushing yards and six rushing scores. In his absence, rookie Zach Charbonnet took over against the Rams, rushing for 47 yards on 15 carries and catching six passes for 22 yards. Additionally, rookie Kenny McIntosh is anticipated to make his professional debut, as stated by Coach Carroll earlier in the week.


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