The Seahawks take on the 49ers on Thursday night, and all signs point to them having starting quarterback Geno Smith available for the Thanksgiving NFC West clash.
Smith, who left Sunday's game against the Rams with a contusion on his triceps, then came back late in the game, was limited in walk-thru for most of the week and is listed as questionable on the injury report, but he showed enough throwing in Wednesday's walk-thru to give Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confidence that he's ready to go.
"He did quite well today," Carroll said. "We rested him for most of the week, short week, in terms of throwing. He did really well today."
Asked if that meant Smith was playing, Carroll said, "I'm kind of thinking he is, yeah… He looked good, felt good."
While Smith deferred to Carroll when asked about his availability this week, Seattle's quarterback never intended to miss this game, Carroll said.
"His attitude about what this was was that it was not going to bother him, it wasn't going to be a big factor," Carroll said. "It looks bad because he's got a big bruise on the back of his triceps, but his attitude has been right on it the whole time. He hasn't missed a snap as far as, we didn't let him throw the first couple days, but he didn't miss a snap. He was doing everything, so he's ready to go."
Unfortunately for the Seahawks, the news is not as positive on running back Kenneth Walker III, who left Sunday's game with an oblique injury. Walker did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful, and Carroll all but ruled him out after Wednesday's walk-thru.
"Kenny's not going to make it," Carroll said. "We left it as doubtful because you never know, you wake up in the morning and say, 'I can go.' He wasn't able to do anything during the week, but we'll see. We'll leave the door open that much.
Whether or not Walker has a chance to get back for next Thursday's game will depend on how things go in practice, which will kick off with a "Competition Wednesday" practice on Sunday.
"We're hoping that's the case, but we don't know that," Carroll said. "Until we get to the Wednesday day—I have no idea what day that would be—whenever that day shows up, we'll know more then."
With Walker likely out, that will mean an increased workload for Zach Charbonnet and DeeJay Dallas, as well as, in all likelihood, the debut of rookie running back Kenny McIntosh.
"Zach's ready to go, he's pumped up and ready," Carroll said. "Kenny Mac is ready to go too, and DeeJay."
The Seahawks will not be activating Abraham Lucas from injured reserve ahead of Thursday's game, Carroll said, but the second-year tackle did get in a good workout after walk-thru Tuesday that showed he could be back next week.
"Abe got his first on-field work yesterday, full speed, pads and the whole thing after practice, and he did quite well," Carroll said. "He won't make it for this game though.
Carroll said Lucas "very much so" had a chance to play next week, however, adding, "He needed to pass that test yesterday to get that done. He took some real shots and delivered some pass-rush stuff. He got a little bit of everything done yesterday and it was a really good workout. That's what he needed to show, that he could bounce back from that, which he did. So that's a really good sign for next week."
Carroll also confirmed that rookie safety Jerrick Reed II tore his ACL, which will require surgery and end his season.
"It's remarkable ow he's getting around, you would never know he's hurt," Carroll said. "I don't know what the deal is, because he's being really freaky about it. But they saw it on the scans and all that, but he's kind of bouncing around a little bit. I'm afraid he's going to have to have surgery, but you would never know by looking at him around here."
With Reed out, the Seahawks could activate defensive back Coby Bryant from injured reserve ahead of tomorrow's game. Bryant, who played nickel corner last season but also got extensive work at safety in camp and the preseason this year, returned to practice this week, and Carroll said, "Coby's ready to go. He has a chance in this game."
Carroll added that Bryant's return could help mitigate the loss of Reed on special teams, an area the rookie had thrived this season, contributing nine tackles, tied for third most in the NFL.
"He's been great on special teams," Carroll said of Reed. "He's really one of the leaders for us, he's really been a highlight. So we lose the spark plays that he's made, chasing punts and kicks, but if Coby takes his place—Coby's ready to go, he wants to play so bad, it's been a long haul for him to get back out there—we know that he's physical and he's aggressive and makes things happen, so maybe we don't lose much there."
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