The Seattle Seahawks are set to square off with the Los Angeles Rams Tuesday night. The game was postponed from Sunday because of the massive COVID-19 outbreak the Rams were dealing with. But Seattle has also had their own issue with COVID. They placed wide receiver Tyler Lockett and running back Alex Collins on the COVID-19 reserve list Friday.
It was announced earlier Tuesday that neither Lockett nor Collins have cleared the protocols and will not play vs. the Rams, according to Seahawks beat writer Gregg Bell.
It’s official: Tyler Lockett, Alex Collins are still on the COVID-19 list and won’t play today for Seahawks at the Rams.
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) December 21, 2021
The Rams initially had 26 players and staff in COVID protocols. That included the likes of key players Odell Beckham Jr., Jalen Ramsey, Darrell Henderson Jr., Von Miller and Tyler Higbee. However, the Rams were able to activate every one of those players except Higbee prior to the game.
Seattle is essentially playing for their season Tuesday night. They have won two straight games and are 5-8. Currently, the Minnesota Vikings hold the final wild card spot. Minnesota has seven losses. So, it's not out of the realm of possibility for the Seahawks to make the post season. More than likely, they will need to win out to do so.
Without Collins, the Seahawks are expected to lean heavily on Rashaad Penny for the second straight game. Penny was impressive last week. He ran for a career-high 137 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Houston Texans.
Meanwhile, Lockett had been the one consistent weapon for Russell Wilson in the passing game. D.K. Metcalf has not scored a touchdown or had more than 60 yards receiving in a game since October.