Game status update: Metcalf is not included in Seattle’s list of inactives, meaning he will suit up for the Seahawks on Sunday.
Game day update: Metcalf is expected to play on Sunday. The veteran wide receiver would leave a big hole in the receiving corps if he cannot play. Luckily, the Seahawks added to their depth this offseason and if Metcalf does miss the game, rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba and fan-favorite Jake Bobo would likely see more reps.
Seahawks' WR D.K. Metcalf, listed as questionable for Sunday due to a rib injury, is expected to play vs. the Panthers, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2023
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf suffered a rib injury in last week’s comeback win over the Detroit Lions. Though he returned to action in that game, the injury was still bothering him this week on the practice field. The Seahawks gave him the day off on Wednesday and Thursday, but he returned as a full participant on Friday.
Metcalf has a questionable designation going into Sunday’s game against the visiting Carolina Panthers, but he is expected to play. Kickoff time for that one is at 4:05 p.m. ET.
Betting and DFS implications for Week 3
Metcalf leads the Seahawks with 122 receiving yards this season, followed by Tyler Lockett at 69 yards. He’s also got one score through the first two games of the season. Metcalf is tough to cover, and that’s going to make him a solid WR2 choice against the Panthers this week. If he can’t play, Lockett would assume that role and a similar fantasy value in DFS leagues. Rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba could have some appeal as a flex or WR3 if Metcalf can’t go.
The Seahawks are 5.5-point favorites, and that line feels very safe whether or not Metcal can play against a Panthers offense led by Andy Dalton this week.