The first half of Thursday night's preseason opener featured a scary moment for the season, with receiver Cade Johnson leaving the field on a stretcher after spending time being evaluated in the injury tent on the sideline.
Johnson was taken to Harborview Medical Center as a precaution to be evaluated for a head and neck injury, and fortunately there was a positive update on him after the game.
"The first thing that we heard was that it was no findings," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. "I think he got concussed, but there were no findings beyond that at this point, so we got a real good report, the early one, I'm hoping that's conclusive, but that's what we heard… They just went to the max precautions, and the findings were already really positive."
The Seahawks also saw receiver Dee Eskridge leave the game after injuring his knee on kickoff coverage on the first play of the game.
"He twisted his knee," Carroll said. "It's a cartilage thing. We don't know how bad it is yet. He's getting around on it, so it's not horrible, it wasn't catastrophic, but we've got to figure out how severe it is."
In addition to the veteran players getting the night off and the players with known injuries coming into the game, two other players held out were receiver Cody Thompson and rookie nose tackle Cameron Young.
On Thompson, Carroll said, "Yesterday in practice, he felt his groin was tight, and we just felt like, let's hold him out. It wasn't clear that he could go out there and take off and play through the night, so we just said, 'let's rest him.' We really wanted him to play today, but he couldn't do it."
Carroll said Young, "has a calf strain, he got it a couple days ago."
The 12s were back in action at Lumen Field, cheering on the Seahawks as they faced the Minnesota Vikings during Preseason Week 1 on August 10, 2023.