The Seahawks beat the New York Jets 40-3 on Sunday, their most lopsided win since Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson were rookies, a victory that improved Seattle's record to 9-4. And in more good news, a number of players who were not available due to injury on Sunday could be on their way back soon, in some cases for this week's game against the Washington Football Team.
While as Carroll notes the status on most injured players won't be known for certain until the end of the week or even on gameday, he expressed optimism on several players trying to get back from injury.
DE Carlos Dunlap II
Dunlap played through a foot injury in Week 13, but in an attempt to let that injury heal some, the Seahawks held him out on Sunday. Nothing is set in stone yet, but Dunlap is confident he will be back this week.
"I'll know way more Wednesday, but he is planning to play, that's his thought that he's going to be able make it back," Carroll said. "We've got to get through the week and find out how he handles it, but his intention is to get back to play."
OTs Brandon Shell & Cedric Ogbuehi
Shell returned to the lineup Sunday after missing two games with an ankle injury, but was unable to finish the game after aggravating the injury.
"His comments were that he's not worse than he was last week, starting the week, so that's good," Carroll said. "He tweaked it a couple times in the game, and we determined that we didn't want to finish him. So we'll see how that goes. Whether he can play the whole game I don't know, but he's preparing to play and we'll see how that goes. I won't know until we get through the week here."
On Ogbuehi, who has missed two games with a calf injury, Carroll said, "Cedric's getting ready to play this week too. He's going to come back with the mentality of Wednesday that he's practicing to play, so that's a good sign for us. We definitely need something to happen there, we need some help there, because we're scrambling a little bit to get guys on the field yesterday."
WR DK Metcalf
Metcalf briefly left Sunday's game with an ankle injury sustained on his first catch of the game, but he did return and had five more receptions, including his 10th touchdown of the season.
"I think he's OK today as far as I understand, but immediately after he felt it and it was bothering him, we didn't know if it was anything," Carroll said. "I can't tell you the extent of it yet, but at least he finished the game and played really well."
RB Rashaad Penny & CB Quinton Dunbar
While neither Penny (physically unable to perform list) nor Dunbar (injured reserve) is currently on the 53-man roster, both returned to practice last week, and are approaching this week as if they will be playing Sunday.
"Rashaad is going to practice as if he's practicing to play the game, so we'll see how that works out," Carroll said. "We'll figure it out by the end of the week, but he's going with the mentality that he's up and eligible and all of that, so we'll see how that goes. Quinton is really in the same vein, he's going to get ready to play in the game, and we'll find out at the end of the week and call it when we get all the information."
TE Greg Olsen
Olsen went on injured reserve with a foot injury last month, but the veteran tight end took to social media not long after the injury to declare that he would make it back from this injury. And while an exact return date is not known yet, it appears he's on track to live up to that promise.
"He's challenging right now to practice this week, so we'll see what that means," Carroll said. "He's very, very positive and upbeat about the fact that he has a chance to get back here very soon, maybe this week or next week. I don't know what to tell you until we see him."
- In non-injury personnel news, the Seahawks were granted a roster exemption for defensive end Damontre Moore, who was suspended six games earlier this year for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Moore is eligible to return this week, but the roster exemption allows him to practice without being added to the 53-man roster for now.
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