Seahawks vs 49ers : The Seahawks ruled out running back Rashaad Penny, linebacker K.J. Wright and safety Maurice Alexander for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, while guard D.J. Fluker is doubtful.
Coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week that Penny suffered a sore knee and experienced swelling from the Vikings’ game Monday. Penny didn’t practice this week. The first-round pick was questionable ahead of the Minnesota game with an ankle injury, but ultimately played. Carroll told reporters Friday that the ankle issue is no longer a concern.
“(The knee) didn’t respond quickly enough at practice this week,” Carroll said of Penny. “After about Tuesday or Wednesday we’ll know a little bit more, we’ll let you know next week.”
Wright will miss his 11th game of the season Sunday as he continues recovery from his surgically-repaired knee. The veteran linebacker returned to practice this week on a limited basis, a positive sign. Carroll said that Wright is aiming for a return in Week 16.
Alexander is out due to a concussion suffered in Monday’s game.
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Fluker (hamstring) didn’t practice for a second consecutive week and appears to be a long shot to play. The offensive guard biked on the sidelines during Friday’s practice.
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin (hip), defensive tackle Jarran Reed (oblique), and safety Bradley McDougald are questionable on Friday’s injury report. Carroll, however, sounded optimistic that all three will be available against San Francisco.
Baldwin appeared visibly frustrated talking to Carroll during the portion of practice open to media Friday. Baldwin continued to talk animated with an assistant coach during a special teams session, a possible sign of growing irritation with injuries this year. Asked about the receiver, Carroll said he’s fine and “ready to go” for Sunday.
Defensive end Frank Clark, who was limited in practice Wednesday and didn’t play Thursday with an elbow injury, will be active on Sunday. The fourth-year pro went through pass-rushing drills Friday with extra padding on his left elbow.
The 49ers ruled out safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) for Sunday. Running back Matt Breida (ankle), defensive end Cassius Marsh (concussion), cornerback K’Waun Williams (knee), receivers Marquise Goodwin (calf) and Dante Pettis (foot), and linebacker Nzeocha (groin) are all questionable.