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Carlos Dunlap II & Brandon Shell Game-Day Decisions For Seahawks' Week 15 Game at Washington 

Injury updates from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll ahead of his team’s trip to Washington. 


For the second week in a row, the Seahawks will have to wait until game day to determine if defensive end Carlos Dunlap II and right tackle Brandon Shell are able to play.

Shell, who started last week's game but was unable to finish due to an ankle injury, did not practice this week, but is listed as questionable. Dunlap, who didn't play last week after playing through a foot injury the previous week, returned to practice Friday on a limited basis, his first practice participation in three weeks.

"We held Brandon out again today, but Carlos did practice today," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "So that was a good sign for him in hopes that he'll be able to pull it off to play on the weekend. We'll see. I can't tell you yet. Won't know until really on game day on both those guys."

If Shell is unable to play, Cedric Ogbuehi is expected to start in his place. Ogbuehi started Seattle's Week 12 game at Philadelphia in place of Shell, but has been out the past two games with a calf injury.

"He's a fine athlete," Carroll said of Ogbuehi. "He's got all the physical stuff that he needs. It was really good for him to play in that game, just to get comfortable with the game speed and all of that. I think he's got a tremendous upside. So this is going to be a great challenge for him to play, if he does, and he's going to have to play really well and all. But he is really capable, he's got a great future."

The Seahawks saw tight end Greg Olsen, who went on injured reserve last month, return to practice this week, and running back Rashaad Penny and cornerback Quinton Dunbar returned to practice last week. Carroll didn't say whether any of those three would play Sunday, though if that is going to happen, a roster move will have to occur on Saturday to add them to the 53-man roster.

"All those guys practiced this week and made it through the week so we have some options," Carroll said.

The Seahawks have three players ruled out—running back Travis Homer, guard Phil Haynes and guard/tackle Jamarco Jones—and all three are dealing with long-term injuries.

"All three of those guys are in long-term situations," Carroll said. "We're going to work at figuring out what to do next with those guys. Homer had a couple injuries—he had a wrist where he cracked a bone in his wrist, and he also had his knee that's bothered him too, so it's been a long haul for him to get back. So we're working on what's going on with those guys. It's a little bit of gray area right now. If you could just hang on for a couple days, it'll make more sense."

Cornerback Tre Flowers, who went on injured reserve earlier this month, is not yet eligible to return, but should be ready to return to practice next week when he's eligible to do so, Carroll said.

"He's excited to get back," Carroll said. "He thinks he's ready to go. So we'll look for him next week, and he'll have to work his way through it and show what he's capable of doing and all that, but I know he's pumped up about it."

Carroll was also asked about rookie defensive end Darrell Taylor, who is on the non-football injury list due to a leg injury from last season at Tennessee.

"I really don't have any further update other than we're just kind of waiting and seeing," Carroll said. "We don't know. He's here with us and all that, but he's not able to do a lot of stuff right now. Next week we'll start all over again, see what happens Monday with the trainers and we'll see where that takes us."

Seattle Seahawks


  • RB Travis Homer (knee, did not participate)
  • G/T Jamarco Jones (groin, did not participate)
  • G Phil Haynes (groin, did not participate)


  • DE Carlos Dunlap II (foot, limited participation)
  • T Brandon Shell (ankle, did not participate)
  • S Damarious Randall (foot, did not participate)
  • CB Jason Stanley (shoulder, did not participate)

Washington Football Team


  • QB Alex Smith (calf, did not participate)
  • LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (ankle, did not participate)
  • LB Cole Holcomb (concussion, did not participate)


  • RB Antonio Gibson (toe, limited participation)

The Seattle Seahawks take on the Washington Football Team for Week 12 of the 2021 season, the 19th meeting between the two teams. Take a look back at some of their previous matchups.

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