The Seahawks will head into their 2023 season opener against the Rams with a mostly healthy roster, including several rookies who dealt with injuries in camp, but were able to practice fully this week and who are ready to go for Sunday's game at Lumen Field.
Among the rookies not listed on the final injury report, meaning they are good to go, are receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who fractured his wrist in camp, outside linebacker Derick Hall and defensive end Mike Morris, who both missed time with shoulder injuries, and nose tackle Cameron Young, who missed much of camp with a calf injury. Also off the injury report is outside linebacker Darrell Taylor, who missed the preseason and much of camp with a shoulder injury.
"It feels good to have those guys," Carroll said. "We've been counting on them all along, then you go without for a while. So it's a nice boost to get them back out."
While the Seahawks will be mostly at full strength, they will be missing two players, with safety Jamal Adams and running back Kenny McIntosh ruled out. Two more players are listed as questionable, rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon and starting left guard Damien Lewis. Carroll said Lewis banged his shoulder in practice earlier in the week, leading to a day off Thursday, but he practiced fully Friday and is expected to play.
"He just banged his shoulder a little bit, he's fine," Carroll said.
Witherspoon, meanwhile, will likely be a game-day decision. The No. 5 overall pick returned to practice this week from a hamstring injury, and has a chance to play, but Carroll also indicated the Seahawks will be cautious with Witherspoon.
"He did a nice job getting through it," Carroll said. "He worked and competed, got a lot of turns, but measured the whole time. He could possibly play, so we've got him as questionable and we'll see what happens. We've got to do long-term thinking and make sure we're taking care of our guys the best we possibly can, so we'll see what we do with that."
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