The Seattle Seahawks offense has been struggling as of late, as the defense has been picking up the slack after having a rough start in the beginning.
In large part of the offense struggles are the injuries on the offensive line.
Most notably at the tackle position for the Seahawks.
Starting right tackle Brandon Shell sat out in Weeks 12 and 13 with a high ankle sprain and came back last Sunday against the Jets.
Unfortunately, Shell only played two quarters before re-injuring his ankle and leaving the game.
As the Sunday game against the Washington Football team approaches, the hope is that Shell makes his return against a WFT stacked pass rush.
With Chase Young, Montez Sweat, Ryan Kerrigan on the line, quarterback Russell Wilson is going to need all the help he can get.
The three of them have 18 sacks for Washington rushing off the edges, they are also a large reason Washington (6-7) turned the season around after starting off 1-5, and have won four straight to take the lead in the NFC East.
For the Seahawks, the biggest concern on Sunday has to be the pass rush and not necessarily the Washington offense or quarterback Alex Smith, who missed more of practice on Wednesday with a calf injury.
Shell has only been penalized four times all season, one of them for holding. What Shell brings to the offensive line helps a lot for the offense and giving time to Wilson to make plays.
As scheduled, Shell did not practice again Wednesday. Carroll said he is likely to stay off the field most of this week.
"That's where we are right now," Carroll said on Shell. "But we'll have to wait until the end of the week to see how it develops, we can't call it now. We won't practice him today."
If anything, the Seahawks are likely to list him questionable to play Sunday, making him a game-time decision on whether or not he plays.
The status of Shell is an important one that people should not just gloss over so easily. If the Seahawks get the win, they clinch their eighth playoff berth in nine seasons.
The win would also set up the battle for the NFC West throne agains the Los Angeles Rams in Week 16.
The game this weekend is an important one for the Seahawks, it is no secret at this point. The key to it all and a solid victory, believe it or not, is with Shell and the protection he has provided for the offense and Wilson.
If the offense can be full-go like they were at the beginning of the season, the Seahawks can be an unstoppable force with how the defense has finally peaked up the pace over the last few weeks.