The Seahawks' offense will present a problem regardless of who's on the field against the 49ers' dominant defense in their Week 10 matchup. Quarterback Russell Wilson looks like the NFL's leading MVP candidate thus far, but he also recently received another weapon to throw to in Josh Gordon.
But Gordon might not be ready to suit up for Seattle on Monday night against the 49ers.
"Some teams would just throw him out there," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thursday in a phone conference with reporters. "We're not doing that. We like our guys and all that. We'd love to see if he can complement and help us. We don't know [his status] yet."
The Seahawks claimed Gordon off waivers on Friday from the Patriots. The former All-Pro struggled this season with New England while battling a knee injury, racking up just 287 yards receiving in six games.
Later Thursday afternoon, it was revealed that Gordon is dealing with an ankle injury -- something different than the knee issue he had with the Patriots.
Josh Gordon (ankle) immediately pops up on the #Seahawks injury report with an injury we didn’t know about. He’d dealt with a knee injury in New England.— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) November 8, 2019
Entering Thursday, Gordon was yet to practice with the Seahawks. He has been studying the team's playbook, though he might not have a strong enough grasp of the offense before the NFC West showdown.
Russell still has dangerous options to throw to in Tyler Lockett and rookie wideout D.K. Metcalf. Whether Gordon is on the field or not, the 49ers could have their hands full, especially with the loss of linebacker Kwon Alexander.
A lot can change in four days. For now, we'll play a wait-and-see game with Gordon.