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DK Metcalf Expected To Play, Devon Witherspoon A Game-day Decision & Other Seahawks Injury Updates

Injury updates from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll ahead of Sunday’s game against the Steelers.


The Seahawks head into Sunday's game with several key players listed as questionable for their Week 17 contest against the Steelers, and following Friday's practice, head coach Pete Carroll gave updates on several of those injuries.

Receiver DK Metcalf hasn't practiced the past two days, but Carroll said he expects the team's leading receiver to play.

"He's got a little lower back stiffness, so we're taking care of him," Carroll said, later confirming Metcalf would play.

Cornerback Devon Witherspoon, who has missed the past two games with a hip pointer injury, was limited in practice all week and will be a game-day decision.

"He practiced today again and was moving around pretty good out there," Carroll said. "We'll see how that goes, and we'll wait all the way up to gametime."

Carroll had said early in the week that it was going to be challenge for Jordyn Brooks to get back after he left last week's game with an ankle injury, but the linebacker was at least able to take part in Friday's practice to give him a chance.

"He practiced today, we'll see how that goes," Carroll said. "I don't know any more than that."

Also questionable is starting running back Kenneth Walker III, who is dealing with a shoulder injury and illness.

"He worked today too, so he made it through," Carroll said. "All of the guys that were limited in some fashion, we're going to make sure that we get them all the way to gametime then we'll figure it out then."

Safety Jamal Adams, who has missed the last two games, was able to return to practice this week, but has been ruled out for the game.

"He did try to get out there and go, and we're listing him as out," Carroll said. "He's not going to be able to make it back this week. He's doing everything he can, it's just really, really frustrating that he can't quite get over the hump. So we declared it already just talking about it, he feels like this is the right thing this week."

Carroll later added, "We had taken a couple of weeks off, so we thought we'd see how that helped him. It helped him enough to get on the practice field and he could get around and all that, but it's just not up to the level that he can play at, and he knows that and we know that, so we talked it through, and that's why we settled on listing him as out."

Veteran offensive lineman Jason Peters is out with a foot injury, and Carroll said, "He wasn't able to do anything this week. We think it's a couple of weeks if he's lucky and fortunate to come back soon. So we're going to have to hold off."

Also listed out are Mario Edwards Jr. (knee), Frank Clark Sr. (NIR/resting player) and receiver Dee Eskridge (ribs).

Asked if Eskridge will be able to make it back this season, Carroll said. "I don't know that. We're waiting to see. We're going to try to buy as much time as we can. We're running out of time here, it's getting late."

Carroll also noted that guard Phil Haynes, who is on injured reserve, may make it back to practice next week: "It's possible. We were hoping this week, he couldn't quite get it done, so we're hoping that next week he can turn the corner and get some work on Wednesday and start coming back."

Seahawks at practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. on Dec. 28, 2023.

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