Pete Carroll addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon ahead of his team's Week 15 home matchup with the Cleveland Browns. Here's a few injury updates from the Seahawks head coach:
The Seahawks recently re-signed running backs Bryce Brown and Christine Michael to the 53-man active roster after Thomas Rawls (ankle) was placed on injured reserve and as Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) continues to recover from surgery. Lynch has been rehabbing "off-site" and Carroll said the hope continues to be that 'Beast Mode' will be able to make it back this season, though a specific timeline for his return has not been given.
"He has to make it back to full speed and get going and all that kind of stuff," Carroll said. "There's a really good chance that he will be back. If we can keep playing games it'll help, the more we can play the better his chances are, so we'll see."
Strong safety Kam Chancellor (pelvis) left this past Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens to injury and did not return. On Wednesday, Carroll said Chancellor is still sore and would be "real quiet" on the field as the week of practice gets underway.
"He's still sore," Carroll said. "We're going to wait during the week here and see how he comes back. I can't tell what's going to happen on the weekend, but he's going to be real quiet today out there."
Michael Bennett briefly left this past Sunday's game against the Ravens with an injury to the same toe that has bothered him in the past, but Carroll said the Seahawks defensive end should be OK for this week's game.
"He's got a sore toe, but I think he'll make it," Carroll said. "He knows how to manage this. He's had this for a long time, so we think he's going to be OK."
On Monday, Carroll said tight end Luke Willson was undergoing an MRI for what the team believed to be bruised ribs. The tests revealed "a little bit more than that" according to Carroll, but the Seattle coach said Willson will be OK.
"He went through the walk-thru today and he's going to practice today," Carroll said. "Luke is a remarkable healer. I don't know how he does it, but he feels like he can get some work done today and it really gives us a sign that he has a chance to be ready to play this weekend."
DeShawn Shead & Marcus Burley
Cornerbacks DeShawn Shead and Marcus Burley each suffered ankle injuries this past weekend against the Ravens. On Monday, Carroll seemed optimistic about Burley, calling his injury a "re-tweak." Shead, meanwhile, ran on the sidelines during the team's walk thru on Wednesday.
"Marcus worked out in the walk thru and I watched Shead run some, so he has a chance," Carroll said. "We'll see what happens, but he did run on the sidelines and looked pretty good for the first day back."
Demarcus Dobbs & Jordan Hill
Defensive linemen Demarcus Dobbs (concussion) and Jordan Hill (toe) have each missed the team's past two games to injury. Judging from Carroll's comments on Wednesday, Dobbs could return to action this weekend but Hill looks to be further behind.
"Jordan's still going to be a ways off," Carroll said, later adding that he did not have a timeline for Hill's return. "Demarcus is going to practice today and we'll see how he does, see if he can get through it and we'll just do that one day at a time."
Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette was placed on injured reserve earlier this season after undergoing surgery to stabilize ligament damage in his neck following a hit he took in the team's Week 8 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Since then, Lockette has been in good spirits, according to Carroll.
"I've seen him a number of times," Carroll said. "He seems very upbeat and spirited. I wish he was here more, I wish he was here all the time, but I don't know much about the recovery. This is a real quiet time where he can't do a lot right now. But he's been of good spirit when we've seen him."
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