Nov 27, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay reacts to a replay review during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks look to get well vs. beat-up Rams

The defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams will be without another one of their stars Sunday afternoon when they host the Seattle Seahawks.

Seven-time All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald will miss a game because of injury for the first time in his nine-year career. Donald sustained a high ankle sprain last week, coach Sean McVay said.

“So much of (the defense) is built around him,” McVay said. “He is truly one of one. You don’t replace anybody like him. Guys will be asked to step up, (and we) have confidence in those guys, but I think Aaron’s resume speaks for itself — the way that he works, the way that he brings others with him — so it’s a huge loss.”

The Rams (3-8) have lost five in a row, are already without wide receivers Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson, the offensive line is banged up, and quarterback Matthew Stafford remains in the concussion protocol after missing two of the past three games. McVay said Wednesday it was “safe to say” Stafford would miss the game.

In last week’s 26-10 loss at Kansas City, the Rams managed just 198 yards of total offense behind backup quarterback Bryce Perkins.

Their offense has dropped to 31st in the NFL with 279.8 yards per game, less than a yard ahead of last-place Houston.

“We are trying to compete to get the results that we want, but man, it certainly has been something that I don’t think anybody could have ever predicted,” said McVay, who indicated that Perkins and John Wolford might both play against Seattle. “I mean, when it rains, it pours.”

In addition, the Rams have practiced this week without running back Cam Akers (illness), wide receiver Lance McCutcheon (shoulder), offensive guard Oday Aboushi (illness) and linebackers Travin Howard (hip), Ernest Jones (back) and Terrell Lewis (back).

The Seahawks (6-5) have lost their past two games to drop a game behind San Francisco in the NFC West.

Seattle was overrun in a 40-34 overtime loss to Las Vegas last week, giving up a franchise-record 283 yards rushing — including Josh Jacobs’ game-ending 86-yard bolt up the middle.

The Seahawks have allowed at least 150 yards rushing in each of their five losses this season, and in none of their six wins.

“We didn’t come out of the bye as sharp as we would like to,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, whose team got the break in the schedule after a 21-16 loss to Tampa Bay on Nov. 13 in Munich, Germany, before facing the Raiders. “I have no idea if that had to do with the bye or not, but we just didn’t play well enough up front and that’s where our focus will be here.”

The Seahawks gave up 161 yards rushing to the Buccaneers, who entered that game with one of the league’s poorest rushing attacks.

“We have to fix it. Everybody’s going to expose it if we don’t fix it,” Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs said. “We fixed it for a little bit. It showed its head (last Sunday). … If we don’t stop the run, we’re not going to be able to do anything. It starts with everybody.”

The Seahawks have had four players miss practice time with illnesses this week — offensive guards Phil Haynes and Damien Lewis, nose tackle Al Woods and running back Travis Homer, who is also dealing with a knee issue — along with linebacker Bruce Irvin (knee) and safety Ryan Neal (elbow/shoulder).

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Oct 9, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (20) is tackled by New Orleans Saints defensive end Carl Granderson (96) and defensive tackle Kentavius Street (91) during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny fractures tibia

Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny sustained a fractured right tibia in Sunday’s loss at New Orleans, according to multiple reports.

NFL Network said Penny will undergo further tests Monday to assess the damage and determine whether surgery is necessary.

Penny was hurt when he was tackled near the sideline after a six-yard run midway through the third quarter.

He was taken to the locker room on a cart, finishing the Seahawks’ 39-32 loss with 54 yards on eight carries.

Penny, 26, has rushed for 346 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season, his fifth with the Seahawks since being drafted in the first round in 2018 out of San Diego State.

Rookie backup Kenneth Walker III broke off a 69-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and finished with 88 yards on eight carries.

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Oct 9, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Taysom Hill (7) celebrates a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Taysom Hill and Saints hold off Seahawks

Taysom Hill ran for three touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass as the host New Orleans Saints defeated the Seattle Seahawks 39-32 Sunday afternoon.

Hill rushed for 112 yards on nine carries, Alvin Kamara had 103 rushing yards and 91 receiving yards and Andy Dalton, making his second start in place of the injured Jameis Winston, passed for 187 yards and a touchdown as the Saints (2-3) ended a three-game losing streak.

Geno Smith passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns, with Tyler Lockett catching two of them en route to 104 receiving yards for the Seahawks (2-3).

The Saints recovered a Seahawks fumble on the first possession of the third quarter and Dalton threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Chris Olave, who suffered a concussion on the play and did not return.

A 54-yard screen pass to Kamara led to a 22-yard touchdown pass from Hill to Adam Trautman, increasing the lead to 31-19 at the end of the third quarter.

Seattle quickly responded with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Lockett to trim the lead to 31-25 with 14:08 left.

Kenneth Walker III, replacing an injured Rashaad Penny, ran 69 yards for a touchdown that gave the Seahawks a 32-31 lead with 6:54 left.

Three plays later, Hill broke free for a 60-yard touchdown run and Mark Ingram II added a two-point conversion run to give New Orleans a 39-32 lead with 5:22 left.

On the first possession of the game, the Saints drove to Wil Lutz’s 56-yard field goal.

The Seahawks responded with a 75-yard drive that ended with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Smith to D.K. Metcalf.

Jason Myers added a 56-yard field goal to increase the lead to 10-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Hill’s 8-yard touchdown run tied the score early in the second quarter.

Later in the quarter Seattle’s Michael Dickson couldn’t get a punt off and two plays later Hill ran 9 yards for a touchdown to give New Orleans a 17-10 lead.

Myers’ 31-yard field goal and Smith’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Lockett gave Seattle a 19-17 halftime lead.

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Sep 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) scores a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks RB Chris Carson retiring with neck injury

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson is retiring due to a neck injury, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The team reportedly will release the two-time 1,000-yard rusher with a failed physical designation.

The 27-year-old Carson would be entitled to receive “several million” in injury protection benefits under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, per the report. He signed a two-year, $10.43 million deal in March 2021.

Carson suffered a neck injury in a Week 4 win against San Francisco last season and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 16.

He later had surgery to repair the injury, finishing the season with 232 rushing yards and three touchdowns and six receptions for 29 yards in four starts.

A seventh-round pick in 2017, Carson rushed for 3,502 yards and 24 TDs and caught 107 passes for 804 yards and seven scores in 49 games (48 starts) over five seasons. He ran for 1,151 yards in 2018 and 1,230 in 2019.

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Oct 17, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Seattle Seahawks nose tackle Bryan Mone (90) at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks sign DT Bryan Mone to 2-year extension

The Seattle Seahawks signed defensive tackle Bryan Mone to a two-year contract extension worth up to $13.8 million, NFL Network reported Monday.

Mone, 26, is an exclusive rights free agent who signed his tender for the 2022 season in April.

The new deal will pay him $12 million for the 2023 and 2024 seasons. It includes a $1.5 million signing bonus and he can earn up to an additional $1.8 million in incentives, per the report.

Mone played in 14 games (five starts) and contributed 35 tackles, three quarterback hits, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble last season.

Undrafted out of Michigan in 2019, Mone has 48 tackles and two sacks in 28 games (five starts) over three seasons with the Seahawks.

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Nov 21, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) jogs to the locker room following a 23-13 loss against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks re-sign veteran QB Geno Smith to 1-year deal

The Seattle Seahawks officially re-signed veteran quarterback Geno Smith for the 2022 season on Tuesday.

Multiple outlets said Smith, 31, will receive a $3.5 million base salary — including a $500,000 signing bonus — and can earn an additional $3.5 million in incentives.

Smith started three games last season for the Seahawks while Russell Wilson was sidelined with a finger injury. Overall, he saw action in four games and passed for 702 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

With Wilson traded to Denver in the offseason, the Seahawks’ quarterback room consists of former Bronco Drew Lock, Jacob Eason and Smith.

Smith went 1-2 as a starter last season and is 13-21 over his NFL career. He was a second-round draft choice by the New York Jets in 2013 and made 29 starts over his first two seasons.

Overall, he has passed for 6,917 yards, 34 touchdowns and 37 interceptions in 45 games with the Jets (2013-16), New York Giants (2017), Los Angeles Chargers (2018) and Seahawks (2019-21).

Seattle also announced the signings of eight restricted free agents or exclusive-rights free agents: wide receiver Penny Hart, guard Phil Haynes, defensive tackle Bryan Mone, linebacker Tanner Muse, safety Ryan Neal, cornerback John Reid, linebacker Jon Rhattigan and center Dakoda Shepley.

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Jul 29, 2021; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai gestures while walking on the field during a Chicago Bears training camp session at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks hiring former Bears DC Sean Desai

The Seattle Seahawks are hiring former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai as an associate head coach, NFL Network reported Friday.

Desai, 38, interviewed for the defensive coordinator jobs with the Las Vegas Raiders and New York Giants this offseason.

He was a defensive quality control coach (2013-18) and safeties coach (2019-20) with Chicago before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2021. The Bears finished No. 3 in passing defense and No. 6 in total defense in his first season in charge.

Desai was not retained by the Bears when head coach Matt Nagy was fired after the season and replaced by Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.

Head coach Pete Carroll’s Seahawks (7-10) missed the playoffs for just the second time in 10 years in 2021 after finishing 28th in the NFL in total defense.

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Jan 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to explore options

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson wants to explore his options this offseason, sources told NFL Network.

Wilson has not demanded a trade, per Sunday’s report, but he intends to investigate other destinations that might give him a better shot at winning another championship.

Prior to the Seahawks’ Week 18 win at Arizona, Wilson said his plan was to win more Super Bowls with Seattle.

“For me, I think what I’m really super passionate about obviously, my goal is to win more Super Bowls,” Wilson said. “And my plan is to win them here. It’s that simple. There’s nothing really else other than that.”

Wilson, 33, made 14 starts in 2021, missing games for the first time in his 10-year career due to injury. He passed for a career-low 3,113 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.

He signed a four-year, $140 million extension in April 2019 that comes with a $37 million salary cap hit in 2022.

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Jan 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks free safety Quandre Diggs (6) is carted off the field against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks S Quandre Diggs breaks leg, dislocates ankle

Seattle Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs faces a long recovery but is expected to be ready for next season after breaking his right leg and dislocating his right ankle Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

The 28-year-old Diggs sustained the injury in the fourth quarter while making a tackle.

Diggs and several teammates were visibly upset after the play. The team’s medical staff attended to him and stabilized his leg before carting him off the field.

This season, Diggs led the Seahawks with five interceptions in 17 games. He has 19 career interceptions in 103 contests, including 38 with Seattle and 65 with the Detroit Lions.

Diggs is set to become a free agent during the offseason.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) stands on the sideline following an injury during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner (knee) out for Week 18

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is reportedly done for the season after spraining his knee on the first defensive snap of Sunday’s win against the Detroit Lions.

NFL Network said Monday that the eight-time Pro Bowl selection suffered MCL and PCL sprains but avoided any major damage that would have required surgery.

The Seahawks (6-10) will close out a disappointing season on the road Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (11-5).

Wagner, 31, slipped while defending a screen play and fell awkwardly. He walked off the field under his own power and later attempted to check back into the game, only to be sent back to the sidelines. He did not return as Seattle cruised to a 51-29 win.

Wagner finishes the season with a franchise-record 170 tackles, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble in 16 starts.

He has started 150 of his 151 games since the Seahawks drafted him in the second round in 2012. The six-time All-Pro has made the Pro Bowl in each of the past eight seasons.

Wagner has one year remaining on a three-year, $54 million extension signed in July 2019.

–Field Level Media