The Seahawks were hoping an early bye week would help them get some players back from injury, and they will indeed be bringing a few players back who either missed Seattle's Week 4 game or left that game with injuries.
When the Seahawks play the Bengals on Sunday, they will have back left tackle Charles Cross, who has been out since the opener with a toe injury, safety Jamal Adams, who left Seattle's Week 4 win over the Giants with a concussion, cornerback Tre Brown, who missed the last game with a concussion, and most likely, guard Phil Haynes, who left that game with a calf injury.
Cross, Adams and Brown do not have an injury designation on Friday's injury report, meaning they're ready to go, while Haynes is listed as questionable, though Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he expects the starting right guard to be ready to go.
On the return of Cross, a 2022 first-round pick who started every game as a rookie, Carroll said, "It's great to have him back out. He's been just sick not being able to help his team. He looked really good, obviously he's got fresh legs and all of that. I wouldn't be surprised if he feels like he sees things a little bit better just from sitting out and watching. I would bet he grew a little bit more from that. He had a good week and he's ready to go, and we're excited about that."
On Haynes, Carroll said, "He's doing OK, practiced every day," adding later that he expects Haynes will be available.
Also listed as questionable is backup quarterback Drew Lock, who practiced Friday after being held out a day earlier due to an ankle injury.
"He stepped on a guy's foot and just turned his ankle a little bit," Carroll said. "He had a really good day today. We weren't sure until we got him out there, but he practiced today and did fine."
Lock's injury led to Seattle adding rookie quarterback Holton Ahlers to the practice squad, and Carroll said they'll wait to make a decision whether or not they need to elevate Ahlers for depth, a decision that has to be made by Saturday afternoon.
Seattle's starting left guard, Damien Lewis, is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury suffered against the Giants.
Carroll said Lewis could be available, "Maybe if we need him. We'll wait all the way up to game time."
Two players, cornerbacks Coby Bryant (toe) and Artie Burns (hamstring) have been ruled out for Sunday's game.
Starting quarterback Geno Smith practiced fully all week and is good to go after injuring his knee against the Giants, but Carroll said the bye week did help.
"He had a terrific week," Carroll said. "I think he needed all of the time though. He was maybe a little hampered, a little stiff at the beginning of the week, but he practiced and did everything the whole time, so he's fine."
Receiver DK Metcalf didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday due to a rib injury suffered in Week 2, but was a full participant Friday and should once again be able to play without any restrictions.
"He was spectacular today in practice, had a perfect day today," Carroll said. "We did everything we could to try to keep him away from the discomfort that he's got. He's no worse than he was, we just wanted to use every day that we could to give him a full recovery opportunity. He looked great today, and I have no reservations about him going full speed as much as we want to play him. He ran well during the week, so he's ready to go."
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