Seahawks’ Geno Smith set to start Week 16 vs Titans after missing 2 games with groin injury

Following a series of consecutive defeats, the Seattle Seahawks pleasantly surprised their supporters by securing an unexpected victory against the formidable Philadelphia Eagles. Although the triumph boosted morale among the team’s followers, there was apprehension about Geno Smith’s injury, which prevented his contribution to the win over the Eagles.

Now, as the Seahawks prepare for their next game, fortune smiles upon them as there are positive developments regarding Smith’s potential involvement on the field.

Seahawks’ WB Geno Smith off the injury list

The Seahawks are gearing up for a significant comeback as Geno Smith is set to take the field against the Tennessee Titans after missing the last two games due to injury. Smith, who was sidelined with a groin injury after getting hit by a Los Angeles Rams player, is expected to resume his role as the starting quarterback in Week 16.

His absence was obvious during the Week 14 clash against the San Francisco 49ers, resulting in a disappointing loss for the Seahawks. Meanwhile, the team rebounded in Week 15 with a triumphant victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, albeit with backup quarterback Drew Lock at the helm.

The Seahawks coaching staff, under the direction of head coach Pete Carroll, is in favor of restoring Geno Smith as the starting quarterback. In a statement to reporters, Carroll expressed the team’s confidence in Smith’s recovery before declaring him as their Week 16 starter.

“Geno had a terrific week. He looked great. As good a Friday as I can remember for a quarterback,” he said, per ESPN.

Carroll went on to describe Smith’s sharpness during practice, mentioning his spunkiness, strength, and overall excellent physical condition.

“It was really sharp. You can tell that because he laid off a little bit, he’s spunky and strong and he’s in good shape and moving around great. You can tell.”

While Smith was active for the recent win against the Philadelphia Eagles, his limited participation in practice led the coaching staff to start Drew Lock. After discovering Smith fully fit and participating in practice all day this week, despite Lock’s commendable performance, the Seahawks are eager to reintegrate Smith into the starting lineup.

As the dual-threat quarterback makes his comeback, the Seahawks look to build on his impressive performance in the first 12 games of the season. The 33-year-old played a pivotal role in leading the team to a 6-6 record, showcasing his skills with a 64.4 percent completion rate, 2,918 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, and a rushing score.

Seahawks vs Titans injury report for Week 16 clash

Both the Titans and Seahawks are facing a significant challenge as they prepare for Week 16. The Seahawks ruled out three players, while the Titans ruled out nine players for the upcoming clash. 

In part, Seahawks safety Jamal Adams, linebacker Frank Clark Sr., and receiver Dee Eskridge will be sidelined. Seahawks Jamal Adams, who has been dealing with a lingering knee injury, will miss his third consecutive game. Frank Clark Sr. is ruled out due to an illness, while Dee Eskridge will be sidelined for the fourth straight game due to a rib injury.

Alongside the trio that has been ruled out, the Seahawks have also designated four players as questionable for Week 16. There are uncertainties surrounding the availability of center Evan Brown, cornerback Tre Brown, running back Kenneth Walker III, and cornerback Devon Witherspoon.

Evan Brown’s injury remains undefined. Tre Brown and Devon Witherspoon, who recently got a lucrative contract after assisting the Seahawks to win over the Eagles, are grappling with lower-body injuries. Kenneth Walker III’s shoulder injury places him in the questionable category.

The Titans added Jack Gibbens (back), Luke Gifford (hamstring), Amani Hooker (knee), TK Mclendon (shoulder), Sean Murphy-Bunting (hip), Kyle Philips (hamstring), Jeffery Simmons (knee), K’Von Wallace (quad), and Caleb Farley (back) out of the game.

Daniel Bruskill, Will Levis, and Aaron Brewer are questionable with ankle injuries, while Trevon Wasco is dealing with a shin injury, and Josh Whyle is questionable with a knee injury. Craig Okonkwo is also on the list with an undefined injury.

Geno Smith will lead the Seahawks as they try to keep their playoff hopes alive despite the injuries. As the Seahawks prepare to take on the Titans in Week 16, the question arises: Can the 7-7 Seahawks replicate their success against the Eagles and upset the Titans?

Shabiha Akter

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Shabiha, once a casual observer, has morphed into a die-hard NFL fan. She carefully dissects every play, trade, and strategy. Whether it's breaking down game highlights or predicting playoff outcomes, Shabiha is your go-to source for all things NFL.

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