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Geno Smith "Totally Back" & Other Seahawks Injury Updates Ahead Of Week 16 Game At Tennessee

Seahawks injury updates from Pete Carroll ahead of the team’s trip to Nashville to face the Titans.

Seahawks at practice on a foggy afternoon at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. on Dec. 21, 2023.
Seahawks at practice on a foggy afternoon at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. on Dec. 21, 2023.

The Seahawks are heading to Tennessee this weekend for another game that is crucial to their playoff hopes, and they'll be facing the Titans with starting quarterback Geno Smith back in the lineup.

Smith, who practiced fully all week, does not have a game status on Friday's injury report, meaning he's ready to play after missing the past two games with a groin injury.

"Geno was fantastic, he had a great day today," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "So he's totally back and primed and all that."

Carroll later added, "Geno had a terrific week, he looked great. As good of a Friday as I can remember for a quarterback, he was really sharp. You can tell because he laid off a little bit, he's spunky and strong and in good shape and moving around great. You could tell."

Carroll also sounded optimistic that running back Kenneth Walker III will play despite his questionable designation. Walker didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, but was back on the field Friday. 

"He practiced today, he got through today," Carroll said. "He did all right."

Carroll later answered in the affirmative when asked if he anticipated Walker playing, saying, "Yes. He did well today, he looked fine."

Carroll also said cornerback Tre Brown, who is questionable with a heel injury, is "doing fine. He had a good day."

Center Evan Brown didn't practice due to illness and is listed as questionable, but Carroll said he will make the trip with team.

Also listed as questionable is cornerback Devon Witherspoon, who missed last week's game with a hip pointer injury. Witherspoon was listed as limited in Friday's practice after not practicing Wednesday or Thursday, and Carroll said, "He couldn't do much today, not yet. He tried to do some walkthrough stuff, he's done some of that, but we're going to have to just wait and see."

The Seahawks will be without safety Jamal Adams for the second straight game, and Adams will not make the trip, Carroll said.

"He's still trying to get back, he's still working at it, trying to find the right preparation process to make sure we can maximize… the rigors of the season caught up a little bit," Carroll said. "It's a very difficult injury and he's handled it amazingly, and he's battling. He worked really hard to get back this week, and just couldn't do it, so we'll see about next week."

Also ruled out are outside linebacker Frank Clark Sr. (illness) and receiver Dee Eskridge (ribs).

On Eskridge's injury, Carroll said, "It just keeps lingering. He can't get out of it, so he's going to miss this week too."

Safety Julian Love missed the week of practice with he and his wife expecting the birth of their son, and the plan is for him to fly separately to Nashville after the baby arrives.

"As far as we know, we don't have a baby yet, so we don't know," Carroll said. "Julian will not be traveling with the team, he'll be traveling otherwise when he can."

Asked what happens if the baby doesn't come before Sunday, Carroll expressed support for whatever decision Love wants to make that's best for his family, saying "Whatever he's got to do, he's got to take care of his wife and family and all that."

Carroll noted that Coby Bryant "has been practicing there all week" in Love's absence.

Seahawks practice on a foggy afternoon at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. on Dec. 21, 2023.

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