For the second time in three weeks, Tom Cable said Patrick Lewis won’t lose his starting job because of injury.
This time, Lewis is healthy enough to play.
Cable said following practice Wednesday Lewis will start Sunday night’s NFC West showdown against Arizona at CenturyLink Field. He started for the first time this season Oct. 18 against Carolina, after Drew Nowak had made his first five NFL starts at center to begin this season.
Lewis has been out with a sprained ankle that cost him a start in Seattle’s last game; Nowak started again Nov. 1 at Dallas. Four days before that game, Cable told me they don’t take people’s jobs away because of injury, but by game day against the Cowboys the Seahawks determined Lewis’ ankle wasn’t quite ready to play again then.
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He is now.
Seattle signed Lewis in October off Cleveland’s practice squad. He then started four games last season when since-traded Max Unger was hurt. One of those starts was the Seahawks’ rout of the Cardinals in Arizona last December. Lewis played well that night. And he’ll get another night against the blitzing Cardinals on Sunday.
▪ Another beauty of Seahawks’ bye is the short injury list from the first practice day of the enusing game week
Lockette has to be on the injury list because he is still technically on the active roster, only because the team has yet to make the transaction of putting him on injured reserve following neck surgery last week in Dallas. That will happen before Sunday’s game, likely with the corresponding move of activating fellow wide receiver Paul Richardson (reconstructive knee surgery in January) off the physically-unable-to-perform list in time to play against Arizona.
Jeremy Lane isn’t on this list because he’s also on the PUP list and not yet on the active roster. But he’s returned to the practice field this week for the first time since the Super Bowl, as mentioned here earlier Wednesday.