Seahawks vs. 49ers: Injury Rundown for Thursday's Game and More NFC West News

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterOctober 17, 2012

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On a short week, it's always tough to bring the same players from the previous week's game into the current week's matchup. Injuries are an integral part of the NFL—many games are won and lost due to matchups. Here is a look at the current injury situations for both the 49ers and Seahawks.

For being six weeks into the season, head coach Pete Carroll's club has been safe from the injury "bug". Tuesday's injury report only featured one new addition, and that was safety Kam Chancellor. Last week his elbow was giving him discomfort and this week it's his ankle.

However, his limited participation status was a precautionary move, and Coach Carroll indicated that he would be ready to go Thursday Night. Other than Chancellor, it appears guard John Moffitt will be out again this week with a bum knee.

Clinton McDonald is quickly recovering from a groin injury and should return after sitting out against New England. Cornerback Byron Maxwell didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, so it appears he won't be making the trip to San Fran as well.

It will be interesting to see if Walter Thurmond III makes his first appearance after coming off the PUP.

As far as San Francisco goes, they only had one player who did not practice. Left tackle Joe Staley was limited with symptoms stemming from his concussion and kicker David Akers missed practice with an illness.

Wide receiver Mario Manningham was also a limited participant with shoulder soreness. Alex Smith, Brandon Jacobs and Andy Lee were all full participants, despite being on the injury report.

Both teams will need all hands on deck as the winner will stay atop the NFC West with a record of 5-2.

With that, let's take a look at a links from other stories from around the NFC West.


Arizona Cardinals

Darren Urban of touches on the offensive line and its newest return addition, Pat McQuistan.


Ben Chodos of Bleacher Report tells us why the Cardinals' offense won't improve with John Skelton under center.


St. Louis Rams

DCRamFan of breaks down the Rams' defense and previews St. Louis' toughest matchup yet.  


Mack Rosenberg of Bleacher Report gives us two logical deals the Rams could make at the trade deadline.