Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had his usual Monday morning appearance on Seattle Sports 710 AM, discussing with Brock Huard and Mike Salk Saturday's loss in Kansas City. Carroll also provided some health updates on his team as it gets ready for a Week 17 game against the Jets.
The Seahawks were without starting nose tackle Al Woods (Achilles) and safety Ryan Neal (knee) on Saturday, with both staying back in Seattle to rehab their injuries, and the hope is that both can return this week.
"Al is feeling better and has a chance, he's been rehabbing over the weekend and we left him here to make sure he had a chance to work," Carroll said. "Same with Ryan Neal. We'll keep our fingers crossed that both those guys have a chance to get back."
Receiver Tyler Lockett, who had hand surgery last Monday with the hopes that he could return as soon as this week, is back with the team, but Carroll didn't know yet what Lockett's status for this week will be .
"Lock's (Lockett) back in, I haven't seen him yet," Carroll said. "We'll see where he is, I don't know."
The Seahawks obviously missed Lockett, who was the team's leading receiver heading into the weekend—DK Metcalf has since moved ahead of him for the team lead—and Lockett's absence was particularly evident on third down, with the Seahawks going just 2 for 14.
"Third down was hard," Carroll said. "That's where he has been such a great player and such a go-to guy. He just makes things happen, by getting open, by making the catch, getting exactly the right distance and doing things exactly the way you need it. That's hard to replace that, so I think that was a little bit of the struggle. We weren't able to overcome his in his absence."
As for players injured in Saturday's game, Carroll said the issue with right tackle Abraham Lucas was a patellar tendon issue, not the elbow injury he has been playing through in recent weeks, as Carroll thought was the case after the game.
"Abe's going to get some imaging done," Carroll said. "… He had had a patellar tendon thing earlier in the year that's kind of bothered him that just popped up again. Elbow was OK."
Safety Joey Blount, who left the game with a knee injury, will have more testing done, but the thought is that he does not need surgery.
"Joey Blount, he got banged," Carroll said. "We'll see what happens to him, he's got to get some imaging done too. It's not surgical-oriented right now."
Tight end Will Dissly also needs more testing for a contusion, Carroll said: "Will Dissly's got to get some imaging done, he got banged on, he's got a contusion he's dealing with, so we've got to figure out what that's all about."