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Encouraging News On Running Backs & Other Seahawks Injury Updates

Injury updates from Pete Carroll a day after the Seahawks’ Week 9 loss in Buffalo.

Seahawks running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde smile after Hyde’s fourth quarter touchdown run.
Seahawks running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde smile after Hyde’s fourth quarter touchdown run.

The Seahawks played Sunday's game against Buffalo with six players inactive due to injury, but are hoping to get at least some of them back this week, Pete Carroll said a day after his team's Week 9 loss to the Bills.

The Seahawks have been without their top two running backs, Chris Carson (foot) and Carlos Hyde (hamstring) for two games, but both have resumed running this week and have made what Carroll described as "encouraging" progress.

"Carlos who will be working this week to try to get back, so we'll see what that means on Wednesday, Thursday, but he is running and he is working with the thought that if he can make through the week that he could," Carroll said. "Chris in the same boat really. I got an update just now that he's got a chance, and we'll have to see how he tolerates the work—he's already out running and working on is cutting and stuff like that, so that's a good statement going into Wednesday, and we'll see how that works. I had hoped that we would get a look at him last week on Friday, that's what we had planned to do, it just didn't work out. So we'll see as we're going, it's encouraging though."

In the secondary, the Seahawks have been without cornerback Shaquill Griffin and nickel back Ugo Amadi the past two games due to hamstring injuries. Carroll sounded more positive on Amadi's chances for this week when asked about those two.

"He's going to try to practice Wednesday," Carroll said of Amadi, "I don't know that about Shaq yet, he's a little bit further behind with his return, so we'll see what happens with those guys."

As for injuries in Sunday's game, Carroll said Sunday that three players, linebacker K.J. Wright, defensive tackle Bryan Mone and cornerback D.J. Reed, came out of the game with ankle injuries. A day later, only Mone's injury appears to be a significant one.

"Bryan Mone had a pretty good high ankle sprain, and it's going be a problem for him," Carroll said. "We'll see what happens in the next couple days, but that was probably the most serious injury that we had—he got caught up and got cut from behind and tangled up. K.J. bounced back pretty good today, and D.J. Reed's moving pretty good today too, so the initial look is that it was not a severe ankle at all."

Mone's injury could very well mean that veteran defensive tackle Damon Harrison makes his Seahawks debut. Harrison, also known as "Snacks," signed to Seattle's practice squad last month but the Seahawks have brought him along slowly as the two-time Pro-Bowler worked himself into game shape. Carroll said last week that Harrison was ready, it was just a matter of fitting him into the defensive line rotation, so Mone's injury could be what opens the door for that to happen.

"He's available, he's ready to go," Carroll said. "The way it looks—we've got to have some more information on Bryan's situation so we can take care of him—but this is where Snacks would jump up right now. This is what he's been looking for and preparing for."

Carroll also gave updates on two players trying to work their way back to the roster, running back Rashaad Penny, who is on the physically unable to perform list, and rookie defensive end Darrell Taylor, who is on the non-football injury list.

"Both Rashaad and Darrell continue to progress," Carroll said. "Darrell is working out with the strength and conditioning people now; he made a transition to that. So he's really working hard now, he's really working on cutting and moving and multiple direction changes and things like that are leading him back. I don't know how long that will take, we'll see how he responds. He had a really good day today, and how does he respond tomorrow is really important. So we'll see what's going on there.

"Rashaad, he's doing all the same stuff. He's working out, he's cutting. He's as strong as he's ever been, he's at a good weight for him. It's just a matter of when they feel and he feels that he's got the confidence to go out there and bang those cuts. Being a speedster and a stop-and-start kind of guy, he's got to get all that movement done before we can cut him loose out there."

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