Seahawks running back Tharold Simon has been placed on injured reserve Saturday, per Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR. Simon dislocated his toe a week before the regular season opener and briefly played in Week 2 before dislocating it again. With the team hurting at that position, Rod Smith was called up from the practice squad to take Simon's place on the roster.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that safety Earl Thomas is expected to be good to go following offseason shoulder surgery, according to ESPN.com. Carroll said cornerback Tharold Simon's shoulder is recovering well from surgery too. "Everything we're hearing is things are going really well and the surgeries were very successful," Carroll said. "There's just a time frame we have to make it through." Thomas had 97 tackles and one interception in 2014. Simon recorded 13 tackles and one interception.
The Patriots methodically matriculated their way down the field to grab a 7-0 lead over the Seahawks with 9:47 left in the second quarter. Patriots Play Calls on That Drive: - Dink - Dunk - Dink - Dunk - Dink - Dunk - Dink - Dunk - Touchdown — CBS Sports (@CBSSports) February 2, 2015 Picking on replacement cornerback Tharold Simon, Tom Brady threw an 11-yard slant to Brandon LaFell for his 50th career postseason touchdown pass. It was Brady's 10th Super Bowl scoring toss, second only to Joe Montana's 11. Simon was playing for Jeremy Lane, who hurt his arm after intercepting Brady in the end zone. Simon also gave up Julian Edelman's 23-yard gainer on the drive. LaFell, by the way, was a 12-to-1 long shot at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook to score the game's first touchdown.
Seahawks starting right tackle Justin Britt (knee) and safety Jeron Johnson (elbow) are questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers. Britt missed practice on Wednesday and practiced in full Thursday before participating in a limited fashion Friday. He'll be a gametime decision, and Alvin Bailey will be plugged into the starting lineup if Britt can't go, Pro Football Talk reports. The team had four players listed as probable to face the Packers, including tight end Tony Moeaki (calf), center Max Unger (ankle), defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (shoulder) and cornerback Tharold Simon (illness).
As expected, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will play on Saturday against the Panthers. Lynch was listed as probable due to a back injury, but was never expected to miss the game. He's been battling the injury throughout the whole season, but has not missed a game. The team will also have Michael Bennett, Demarcus Dobbs, Cooper Helfet, Jermaine Kearse, Byron Maxwell and Tharold Simon for the game. All six players were also listed as probable going into the contest.