The Seahawks will play on with out followers within the stands.
The crew introduced Tuesday it should play its subsequent house sport Nov. 19 on a Thursday night time towards the Arizona Cardinals because it has played its first four games at CenturyLink Area this season: with out followers, due to pngoing native restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic.
“By ongoing collaboration with native public well being and authorities officers, we have now determined we are going to proceed with out followers in attendance at our house sport on November 19 vs. Arizona,” the Seahawks stated in a press release.
“Ought to they decide situations have improved sufficient for us to host followers in a restricted capability in December, we are going to announce these plans at a later date.”
That assertion neglected: put on a masks.
There aren’t any indicators of situations bettering for Seattle.
Tuesday, state officers confused an pressing want for Washingtonians to redouble precautions corresponding to masks sporting round folks exterior households and avoiding sizable gatherings. COVID-19 circumstances proceed to rise within the state.
Washington has the best variety of circumstances it’s ever had, and charges of circumstances are accelerating, State Well being Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy stated at a digital media briefing Tuesday.
And Dr. Lofy stated it’s not on account of a rise in testing. It’s a “actual improve in illness.”
King County and Washington stay one of many nation’s extra locked-down counties and states, and have been for the reason that pandemic started greater than six months in the past. Seattle and King County have remained in part two of Washington’s four-phase Protected Begin plan since June 19.
That makes it probably the Seahawks will play their remaining house video games of the NFL common season in an empty-, silent-again CenturyLink Area. That’s Dec. 6 towards the New York Giants, Dec. 13 towards the New York Jets and Dec. 27 towards the Los Angeles Rams.
The Seahawks are among the many 13 of the league’s 32 groups persevering with to ban followers from attending video games.
The groups allowing restricted numbers of followers in stadiums for video games are: Arizona, Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Carolina, Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas, Kansas Metropolis, Denver, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Houston, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Baltimore and Miami.
The Seahawks had announced in August there would be no fans by way of their first three house video games. They’ve made two subsequent bulletins of continued prohibitions since then.
A lot for one of many NFL’s loudest, most-impacting home-field benefits.
Coach Pete Carroll, common supervisor John Schneider and Seahawks gamers have stated repeatedly how a lot they miss having their followers at house video games. Seattle has gained three of its house video games within the remaining seconds—in a stadium the place the one noise was from the roaring gamers celebrating on the sphere and sideline.
After its fourth-down touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to DK Metcalf with 15 seconds left to beat the Minnesota Vikings final month, Carroll stated: “I’ve a remorse. I’ve a MAJOR remorse: That the 12s weren’t right here to have the ability to take pleasure in this one. …
“Since you guys by no means would have gone house tonight.”
The Seahawks (6-2) have the identical report as New Orleans however at present maintain the second playoff seed within the NFC behind the Saints with eight video games remaining within the common season, primarily based on tiebreakers. Solely the highest seed in every convention will get a first-round playoff bye and residential subject all through the postseason.
The Seahawks are holding out hope coronavirus pandemic tendencies flip favorable between now and January to make that house subject a real benefit.
There might be no followers in attendance Sunday night time when the Seahawks play the Rams of their new stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
The NFL’s official transactions for Tuesday confirmed the Seahawks launched defensive again DeMarkus Acy from the observe squad.
That leaves an open place on the 16-man observe squad.
This COVID-19 season, observe squads can embody veteran gamers of any service time, for the primary time.
That’s why former All-Professional defensive deal with Damon “Snacks” Harrison is on it.
Carroll stated Monday the defensive deal with Bryan Mone’s high-ankle sprain could mean Harrison makes his Seattle debut Sunday towards the Rams.