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Injury Updates From Pete Carroll Ahead Of The Seahawks' Second Preseason Game

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll shares health updates prior to his team's second preseason game.

The Seahawks will host the Vikings Friday night at CenturyLink Field in their second preseason game, and while most of the roster is healthy, a few players will be unavailable or are question marks heading into the game.

Running back Thomas Rawls, who got the start last weekend, has a minor ankle injury and is unlikely to play, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said following Thursday's practice.

"Thomas has been hobbling a little bit on a sore ankle that he sprained in the game, and it's not likely that he'll be able to play," Carroll said. "We did not practice him this week… It's a real minor sprain, he's going to be fine with it. He'll be raring to go next week, but I think it's the right thing to hold him back this week."

Rawls' absence will mean "a good dose" of Eddie Lacy, Carroll said, as well as more work for C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins, Chris Carson and Mike Davis.

Carroll didn't completely rule out receivers Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson, but said, "They'll both go through pregame warmups with us," when asked if they'd play. It's common for players who are close to game-ready but being held out as precaution to suit up for pregame workouts, then sit out the remainder of the game.

K.J. Wright, meanwhile, will miss Friday's game. The Seahawks linebacker is still out of town going through a process to help his knee. Carroll said Wright "has had a really good week" and is expected to be back at practice on Monday.

"We think he's going to be back for next week," Carroll said. "He's not injured. This was a process, a long-range thought that he was excited about going for, so we went for it. We're hoping this should be a good step for the whole season. He wasn't hurt, he played last week and was fine, and he could play this week, but this was the time to do it if we're going to do it, so we went for it. We're thinking he'll be back in action next week with no setbacks."

Tight end Luke Willson, who has been managing a groin injury, is a couple days away from a return, Carroll said. 

"This weekend should be really important for him, thinking that by the middle of next week he should be ready to go," Carroll said. "Luke is a guy who always heals quickly, and that would put him well ahead of schedule for the little thing he's got, but I'm almost assured he will make that."

Defensive end Dion Jordan, who started training camp on the team's non-football injury list with a knee, suffered "a little setback with a hamstring in his workouts," Carroll said, noting he couldn't predict a timetable for Jordan's return right now.

"It's just slowing him down from making a normal return, unfortunately," Carroll said. "So I can't tell you where that's going to go yet."

Finally, last year's starting cornerback DeShawn Shead continues to work his way back from the knee injury that ended his 2016 season and landed him on the physically unable to perform list to start practices this summer.

"He's doing great," Carroll said. "Those of you who don't know DeShawn, he is one of the most dedicated, grittiest guys we have in the program. He is well ahead of schedule. They uncovered a little area that he needed some help that they fixed something up a couple weeks ago, and he has bounced right back from that and jumped ahead again. I can't imagine him not being way ahead of schedule come the time we can get him back out there. That's just who he is and what he's all about, and he's really fired up about the progress that he's making. He's got every element of, 'I'm coming back sooner than you could ever imagine.' That's kind of what his makeup is all about."


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