The Seahawks have three players listed on their Week 5 injury report—receiver Marquise Goodwin, running back Kenneth Walker III and cornerback Justin Coleman—but following Friday's practice, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said all three have a good shot at playing against the Saints on Sunday.
Rookie running back Kenneth Walker was added to the injury report Thursday with a shoulder injury, but was back on the practice field Friday.
"He did well today, looked good," Carroll said. "He was fine out there. Did everything in practice."
Asked if Walker will play, Carroll said, "I do think he'll play."
Goodwin took Friday off after injuring his knee on Thursday, but Carroll said the veteran receiver is planning on playing.
"He rested today, and we'll make sure on gameday that he's OK, but he intends to play and he's OK, so we'll see," Carroll said. "… Yesterday in practice he had a little reoccurrence of something he had felt a while back, so we were just real cautious with it, making sure we got it, did all the tests and all that stuff. He's clear."
Cornerback Justin Coleman, who has missed three games with a calf injury, is trending towards playing as well.
"He had a good week," Carroll said. "I watched him real closely the first two days today, and I need to see as we come out of today that he's still OK, but he had a good solid week and he's ready to battle too. We're getting healthy, we really are getting healthy, and we have to make some tough decisions to figure that out on a number of areas. JC is presenting that for us, which is good."
As Carroll noted, Coleman returning gives the Seahawks even more depth at corner and some tough decisions to make in terms of who suits up and who plays.
The Seahawks will be without rookie receiver Dareke Young, who is out due to a thigh injury that happened late last week in practice.
"He got hit in the thigh, I think it was last Friday's practice," Carroll said. "He went up for a ball and came down and landed wrong, and felt OK Friday and Saturday, then he had a lot of swelling. A deep thigh bruise is what it is. They were able to help him, they took a bunch of the blood out of it, so he feels way better, but he's not ready to go this week."
Defensive end L.J. Collier returned to practice this week, and while he has not yet been added to the 53-man roster, he is potentially ready to go, though the Seahawks will be cautious about not bringing him back too quickly.
"He did well," Carroll said. "He had a good week, good solid week. He did everything. This is his first week back in eight weeks, so to me we're cautious with a guy coming back after just one week of practice, we don't want to make him vulnerable, but sometimes we've got to make that determination. He can play, he's ready to go."
If the Seahawks do want to activate Collier from IR, they do have an open roster spot having placed linebacker Darryl Johnson on injured reserve Friday.
Asked about Johnson's foot injury and the decision to place him on IR, Carroll said, "It's an old injury that showed up. According to the tests, it was an old injury that got aggravated, and interestingly, it was one he didn't know he had… So we're curious how that will work, we don't know, so we've just got to IR him and wait it out and make sure he doesn't hurt that further."
The Seahawks practiced at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton on October 6, 2022. Seahawks practice photos are presented by Gatorade.