Yesterday, I broke down the 49ers final injury report, looking at who would play, and who would not play. The Seattle Seahawks had an injury report of their own and I spoke with Danny Kelly to get his thoughts on the implications.
Out: RG John Moffit (knee)
Doubtful: CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)
John Moffitt's knee injury appears to be much worse than originally thought, as he's been declared OUT early in the week for the past three weeks. He's been replaced on the right side by veteran journeyman G/T Paul McQuistan, who, by most accounts, is better on the left side than on the right (McQuistan started at LG and LT last season for the Seahawks, and for someone they signed off of the street during the prior preseason, has played very well). He seems to be struggling a bit with the right side of the line, so obviously he'll have to improve this week against an elite D-Line for the San Francisco 49ers.
McQuistan was moved to the right because he was replaced at the left guard spot by 2011 1st round pick, James Carpenter. Carpenter was originally drafted as a right tackle but after struggling at that spot, then missing half the season with a torn ACL in 2011, Carpenter was moved back to the left side at guard. Carpenter played LT at Alabama and seems to work better from that side, and when paired with 2010 1st round pick Russell Okung, the Seahawks' left side is strong.
As for the rest of the injuries, CB Byron Maxwell probably won't play, and this will affect special teams. Maxwell is a very good gunner so his presence will be missed against the Niners, because as we in Seattle all know, San Francisco's special teams units can make the difference in a game.
It's looking like Clinton McDonald, a backup DT that comes in on passing downs and goal line situations, will play. Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor also looks good to go. Obviously, this is good news for Seattle.