Pete Carroll met with reporters on Wednesday afternoon at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center, and while much of the conversation was focused on the team’s trade for left tackle Duane Brown, which we'll highlight later this afternoon on Seahawks.com, the Seattle head coach also offered a few injury updates on key personnel.
Here's some of what Carroll had to say about injuries to Earl Thomas, Justin Britt, and DeShawn Shead as the club readies for its Week 9 game against the Washington Redskins at CenturyLink Field:
1. "We'll See On Friday" With Earl Thomas
Earl Thomas, who left last week's win over the Houston Texans with a late-game hamstring injury that left him feeling “a little sore” on Monday, isn't expected to practice until Friday this week, Carroll said.
"We've got to wait a couple days," Carroll said. "We'll see on Friday."
Veteran Bradley McDougald, a free-agent addition of the Seahawks' this past offseason, would be the one to step into the starting lineup if Thomas isn't available to play this weekend. Carroll said Seattle is confident in the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer's ability to fill in if needed.
"Very fortunately on our end of it that Bradley's been a starter in the League for years and he's got the experience, the savvy," Carroll said. "He's a playmaker, he's really tough, he's a good tackler. We have spotted him all over the place to do things in coverage as well as the running game. He's just a really, really good football player to be able to step up too.
"There's no question, we don't have any hesitation in him playing or keeping the plan and the principles intact, all of that. This is a guy that we were very fortunate to get in the offseason. I think (Seahawks general manager) John (Schneider) figured this one out early on and he's been a great addition to our team. Now he's ready to go and he's excited about it. I'm anxious to see him play."
2. Justin Britt Expected To "Be Fine And Ready To Play"
Justin Britt was questionable for last weekend's game against the Texans after suffering an ankle injury the week prior. But the Seahawks' starting center played 100 percent of the offensive snaps in Week 8, and while his workload will be limited to start this week, Carroll said Britt is doing "fine" and expects him to play against Washington.
"We're going to go light on him today just to make sure from the aftermath of the game, but he'll be fine and ready to play," Carroll said.
3. DeShawn Shead "Still Working At It"
Carroll noted cornerback DeShawn Shead is "still working" to return to practice after starting the season on the team's Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list with the ACL injury he sustained in last year's playoff run.
"He's in great shape. He's done everything he can do," Carroll said. "We're just waiting for his knee to come all the way back around and I can't tell you when that's going to happen. I'm hoping it's the next couple weeks, but that's just me hoping."
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