The Seahawks head into Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals with a few players whose statuses won't be known until game day. What the Seahawks won't do, head coach Pete Carroll said, is make determinations on players' availability based on the knowledge that they've already secured a playoff berth.
"It has nothing to do with that," Carroll said following Friday's practice.
The Seahawks are almost certain to be without left guard J.R. Sweezy, who left last week's game with a foot injury and who is listed as doubtful. The hope, however, is that Sweezy can be back by next week's Wild Card playoff game.
"Sweezy improved during the week," Carroll said. "He got really good, consistent information in the checks that we made around the country on what he has. It's an unusual little thing that he's dealing with. It's real uncomfortable, he's got some swelling that he's dealing with. It's probably a three-to-four week recovery for most people, and he's going to do it in two weeks. He'll be ready next week."
Seattle's other starting guard, D.J. Fluker will work out before the game to determine if he is good to go. Fluker, who is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, missed two games because of the injury, then was active but did not start last week, only to have to play after Sweezy left the game with an injury.
"Fluke's game day," Carroll said. "But he made real progress this week and he did some things that helped him so we're looking forward to him being ready to go if he can make it through the Sunday workout."
Also expected to work out before the game to determine if they can play are free safety Tedric Thompson (ankle) and running back Rashaad Penny (knee). Thompson, who was also dealing with a chest issue that has since cleared up, did not play last week, while Penny has missed the past two games.
On Thompson's injury, Carroll said, "He's got an irritation in the back of his ankle, kind of around his Achilles. It's not an Achilles injury, but we thought it was for a little bit. He just hasn't quite made it through it to our satisfaction yet, but he's going to try and we'll take a look at him on Sunday."
On Penny, Carroll said, "He practiced all week, and we'll find out and make sure. He'll have a workout on Sunday also."
Two veteran starters who have been battling injuries for much of the season, safety Bradley McDougald and receiver Doug Baldwin, got through the week well and should be good to go Sunday.
McDougald, who has been dealing with a knee injury for much of the year, was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday, but Carroll said, "He practiced today. He did fine."
Baldwin, who already this season has dealt with injuries to both knees, his elbow, his groin and his hip, was added to the practice report this week with a shoulder injury, but Carroll said Baldwin "did fine. He made it through the week. He continues to carry stuff that's happened to him during the season, but he has been just a rock and he's ready to go."
Here are the full injury reports for both teams:
G J.R. Sweezy (foot, did not participate in practice).
G D.J. Fluker (hamstring, did not participate in practice)
S Bradley McDougald (knee, full participation in practice)
DE Dion Jordan (knee, limited participation in practice)
S Tedric Thompson (ankle, limited participation in practice)
RB Rashaad Penny (knee, full participation in practice)
TE Ricky Seals-Jones (shoulder, did not participate in practice)
DE Markus Golden (ankle, did not participate in practice)
DE Benson Mayowa (back/neck, did not participate in practice)
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