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Seahawks Injury Updates From Head Coach Pete Carroll On 710 ESPN Seattle
While taking part in his usual Monday appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll provided a rundown of his team’s injury situation following a Thursday night victory that took its toll on both teams. In addition to losing Richard Sherman for the season due to an Achilles injury the Seahawks had several other players exit the game early, and others who missed the 22-16 win over the Cardinals, but are hoping to get back this week.
The latter category includes safety Earl Thomas, who has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, but looks to be on track to return this week.
“I think he’ll make it back,” Carroll said on the Brock and Salk Show. “He felt like he probably could have played had he gotten couple days of practice. It worked out great, we made it through the game, Bradley (McDougald) did a great job filling in for him. So he should be back. Now, he has to make it through the days, but I think he’ll be just fine.”
Fellow safety Kam Chancellor sustained a stinger in Thursday’s game, leaving his status in question this week.
“We’ll find out,” Carroll said. “We don’t know yet. He had a stinger thing that happened during the game. We’re going to make sure that he’s in good shape and he’s OK. Don’t know right now. He’s going to get some tests and make sure. This is the stuff that’s just so crucial we do a really good job and take our time with it and all that. We’re doing that.”
Left tackle Duane Brown is also in the “wait and see” category after leaving the game with an ankle injury.
“We’ll find out,” Carroll said. “You saw, that was a pretty dangerous situation right there. It will take one day at a time here to kind of assess how he does. Hopefully he’ll practice a little bit this week and have a chance. We don’t know that yet. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
In talking about a running game that “just hasn’t been the way we want it to be,” Carroll noted that a couple of players could be coming back from injuries soon to help in that area: left guard Luke Joeckel and running back Chris Carson.
On Joeckel, who has missed four games since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, Carroll said, “Here comes Luke coming back maybe in a week, maybe he comes back this week. There’s a chance for that. That will be an interesting matchup to see if he can play with Duane on the left side, we’ll see, and see what that means for (current left guard Ethan) Pocic. We’re still kind of in flux a little bit.”
Carson, who opened the season as Seattle’s starting running back, is currently on injured reserve, but teams can return two players from IR after eight weeks, and Carroll indicated the rookie back is a candidate to do just that.
“We haven’t been as we would like,” Carroll said of the running game. “We really felt a direction, Chris really took us off in a direction, we really thought we had something special going there, which I think we saw… He’s coming back too. He has a chance to make it back. There’s a chance, yeah. He is doing remarkably well in his rehab. So (running back) has been in flux, it hasn’t been steady, and it’s been like that for more than this season.”Read