Rookie receiver DK Metcalf had knee surgery less than three weeks ago, but the second-round pick practiced this week and is on track to make his NFL debut when the Seahawks host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
“He’s ready to go,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
Metcalf only appeared in one preseason game because of the knee injury, but the Seahawks have seen enough in practice to feel good about his level of preparedness for this game.
“He has done so well in everything that my expectations are that he’s going to do well,” Carroll said. “I think he’ll do like he’s been practicing. We’ve done a ton of stuff with him, he’s been really diligent about his work, he stayed with it during the time when he was down a couple weeks. A remarkable recovery. He looks great. He’s a smart kid. He’s picked things up. He does not make a lot of mistakes and stuff. Expectations are that he’s going to play and go, and we’ll see how it works out. He’s got to knock a little rust off and all that, but he looks like a good ball player.”
Two more newcomers likely to make their debuts Sunday are defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney, who was acquired in a trade last weekend, and Ziggy Ansah, a free-agent addition who returned to practice last week after rehabbing a shoulder injury earlier in camp.
Ansah was listed as questionable Friday, not because of a specific injury concern, but simply because the Seahawks need to see how both he and Clowney, who wasn’t practicing prior to the trade having not reported with the Texans, handled the workload this week after long layoffs.
“They made it through,” Carroll said. “There’s still a little bit of a question mark, we’ve just got to make sure on gameday that everything worked out OK because they’re still responding to the workload. So there’s still a little bit of a question for Ziggy. We just want to make sure he’s all right. But they both did really well, and we have really positive thoughts coming out.”
Also listed as questionable is guard Mike Iupati, who Carroll classified as a game-day decision. Iupati injured his foot early in camp then injured his calf while rehabbing the foot injury, and only returned to practice this week. Ethan Pocic would start at left guard if Iupati doesn’t play.
“Mike Iupati practiced today for the first time really—he had team work today," Carroll said. "Mike got through fine. Again, for Mike, we’ve got to wait and see what happens—all the way to game day for him—but he did work and he’s had a great buildup. He’s had no setbacks in the last month. So it’s really close.”
Rookie defensive end L.J. Collier, who has been out since early in camp with an ankle injury, has been ruled out for this week’s game, but he did practice this week and has a chance to play next week.
“He looks really good to me in all the drills and everything that he’s done,” Carroll said. “I would think next week he’d be competing to play. We’re going to keep him out one more time, one week here, but he looks really good. So, we’ll see what happens and how he manages the full workload next week, but I’m hoping that he’ll get full reps and show us where he fits in.”
Also out this week is receiver David Moore, who has a fracture in his humerus bone. Asked about his status, Carroll said, “I’ve been pretty optimistic about David’s return, he’s well ahead of schedule, and I don’t know when the doctors are going to let him go, but he feels great. It’s the kind of injury that’s stable and it doesn’t bother him at all. He doesn’t hardly feel it anymore, so he just has to get cleared with the doctors. He’ll be full speed running all week next week and going for it in hopes to get ready within the following weeks. Not next week, but the following weeks. Whenever that is. We have some guys making some miraculous recoveries around here.”
Reserve center Joey Hunt is also out with an ankle injury, but Carroll noted that he is, “making really good progress.”
Several players who have been dealing with injuries recently, including tackle George Fant, linebacker Shaquem Griffin and safety Marquise Blair, weren’t listed on the final injury report, meaning they are ready to go.
The Bengals will be without two notable players, receiver A.J. Green, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury since the start of camp, and starting left tackle Cordy Glenn, who did not make it through the concussion protocol.
Here are the full injury reports for both teams:
C Joey Hunt (ankle, did not participate in practice)
WR David Moore (shoulder, did not participate in practice)
DE L.J. Collier (ankle, limited participation in practice)
DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder, limited participation in practice)
G Mike Iupati (foot, limited participation in practice)
WR A.J. Green (ankle, did not participate in practice)
OT Cordy Glenn (concussion, did not participate in practice)
HB Trayveon Williams (foot did not participate in practice)
WR Auden Tate (knee, limited participation in practice)
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