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 Seahawks Quarterback Geno Smith Likely Out with Groin Injury, Drew Lock on Standby

Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Geno Smith is battling a significant groin injury, likely sidelining him for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. Although Smith is determined to push through the discomfort, sources indicate that the decision on his availability will likely come down to pregame warmups, according to ESPN reports on Saturday.

If Smith isn't fit to play, Seahawks' backup Drew Lock will step into the starting position. While Smith is officially listed as questionable for the game, there's uncertainty about his ability to perform, especially considering the impact of his injury on Sunday's clash and the Seahawks' next game against the Philadelphia Eagles on "Monday Night Football" on December 18.

Recognized for his resilience, Smith is eager to endure the injury but faces uncertainties regarding his ability to do so, as confirmed by inside sources.

Coach Pete Carroll mentioned Smith's injury, describing it as a minor tweak to the groin that occurred during Thursday's practice. Carroll remained cautious about Smith's status, stating, "we'll see" when asked about his chances of playing on Sunday.

Despite their optimism, the Seahawks expressed uncertainty upon arriving in San Francisco on Saturday night, acknowledging the real possibility of Smith's absence in Sunday's game.

Smith, who has contended with knee and triceps injuries this season, was limited in practice on Thursday and absent on Friday. Carroll emphasized the need to assess Smith's condition during pregame warmups, highlighting the uncertainty surrounding his potential participation.

The Seahawks, considering Smith's status, bolstered their quarterback options by signing Sean Mannion to the practice squad on Friday and subsequently elevating him to the active roster on Saturday. Mannion, familiar with the Seahawks' setup from last season's practice squad and their 2021 training camp, provides additional depth to the quarterback position.

Lock, acquired from the Broncos in March 2022 as part of the Russell Wilson trade, remains a viable option. Despite limited playing time this season, he has been prepped as the backup, with only 25 snaps to his name, all accrued in this campaign. Lock's readiness stands at the forefront, especially given Smith's questionable status, after competing for the starting role in the previous summer but losing out to Smith.

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