The first official injury reports are out ahead of Sunday's season opening clash between the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks. They're both short, but here's what we've got:
|Tre Mason||RB||Thigh||Did Not Participate|
|Daren Bates||LB||Knee||Did Not Participate|
With reports that Gurley is likely out for the first three weeks, his inclusion was a foregone conclusion. Don't carry any delusion, it's not a contusion. It's a patellar fusion that requires medical illusion.
And we're prepped for the Benny Cunningham and Isaiah Pead show with Mason still lingering. Bates' holdoff is just as concerning given the quality, and quantity, of his special teams play.
I'm a bit surprised not to see a couple more names like Rodger Saffold or Jamon Brown on their headed toward "probable" status given how they ended camp and the preseason. If we're taking this at face value, it's certainly a good indication that they're a full go.
Here's the Seahawks' report:
|Marshawn Lynch||RB||Not Injury Related||Limited|
Aaaaaaaand this is why I have trouble accepting these straight up. Earl Thomas had reconstructive shoulder surgery just seven months ago and is still less than 100%. He didn't even get into practice until Aug. 18.
Of course the key is that these guys may be full participants in practice but not fully available at the conclusion of the final practice.
Still, for a barometer of where things are at for both teams heading into week 1, they're about as healthy as you could ask for.