Pete Carroll said Seahawks running back Fred Jackson (ankle) will likely play in the Sunday game against the Bengals, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
His high-ankle sprain apparently isn't too serious, as he's expected to take the field just six days after sustaining the injury. This situation would normally bring about skepticism, but if the Seahawks wanted to be deceptive about their Week 5 backfield plans, they wouldn't have ruled out Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) on Friday.
Seattle Seahawkscoach Pete Carroll said he expects running back Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) to return for Week 6 against the Panthers, the Seattle Times reports.
Carroll said Lynch might be physically capable of playing in Sunday's game against the Bengals, adding that the team ruled out its star running back because it was worried that a re-injury could lead to an extended absence. Thomas Rawls is thus in line to lead the Seattle backfield in a tough road matchup against the Bengals, with Fred Jackson (questionable-ankle) potentially available as a complement. If Jackson sits, the Seahawks will likely sign another player and/or use fullback Derrick Coleman as the top backup. Despite the internal optimism, Lynch can still be considered questionable for Week 6.
The Seahawks announced a several of roster moves on Tuesday, according to the Everett Herald. The team placed defensive tackle Jordan Hill on injured reserve with a calf injury. In a corresponding move, Seattle signed defensive back Steven Terrell off the practice squad to fill Hill's roster spot. Defensive tackle Jimmy Staten was also signed to the practice squad.
With wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders dominating the targets, it's unlikely that Daniels becomes an upper-tier fantasy option like Julius Thomas was the past two seasons, but he has scored a touchdown in back-to-back weeks. Additionally, he'll next face off against a Raiders defense that has been badly exposed by opposing tight ends this season.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning completed 17 of 27 passes for 213 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions Sunday against the Vikings.
After back-to-back games with multiple touchdowns and only one interception, Manning struggled to get much going Sunday despite completing 63 percent of his passes. He connected with six different receivers but only Demaryius Thomas (nine catches on 12 targets for 93 yards) had more than three receptions. The running game was a little better, as Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson combined for 146 yards on the ground, though a lot of that had to do with Hillman's 72-yard touchdown.
Manning has plenty of weapons at his disposal but the offensive line isn't giving him a lot of time, which is forcing him to throw quickly and exposing him to cheating defenders, particularly on the left flat. He'll look to get back on track in Week 5 against the Raiders in Oakland.
Broncos prolific wideout Demaryius Thomas (neck) practiced fully both Thursday and Friday and is listed as probable for the Sunday game against Oakland.
Thomas, who is coming off back-to-back nine-catch efforts, looks like a strong play Sunday while going up against a Raiders defense that is giving up an average of 310.5 passing yards per game. Only the Giants (316.2) are allowing more.