As the Seahawks (7-4) ready for their Week 13 Sunday Night Football competition with the NFL-leading Philadelphia Eagles (10-1) at CenturyLink Field, Pete Carroll met with the media Wednesday to discuss the matchup, as well as offer a few injury updates on key personnel.
Here’s some of what the Seattle head coach had to say:
RB Mike Davis Will Practice Today
Running back Mike Davis will return to practice Wednesday after missing last week’s win over the San Francisco 49ers with a groin injury.
"He’ll practice today and we’ll get him out there and see how he’s going,” Carroll said of the third-year pro. "We’re anxious to see if he can fit back in. Can’t tell you until he comes back after a couple days.”
Before Davis’ setback, Carroll noted the run game received a boost when Davis made his Seahawks debut in Week 11 against the Atlanta Falcons, adding that Davis will be right back in the running back competition when he returns.
“He showed a real spark reading the line of scrimmage,” Carroll said of what stood out from Davis’ initial outing with Seattle that saw him run six times for 18 yards and catch two passes for 41 yards. "He showed some creativity that got him some extra space on a couple runs and he couldn’t have been more aggressive in the opportunity that he had when he got to go after some guys with the football. And he can catch it, so all of that.
"He’s very well rounded and he looked good, so as we’re trying to figure it out and maximize the running game’s opportunities we’re going to keep looking to make sure we’re getting better, so the competition remains. It’s on still.”
TE Luke Willson “Looks Really Good And He Feels Really Good"
Luke Willson suffered a concussion in this past Sunday’s game against San Francisco. Carroll said the Seahawks tight end isn’t yet ready to return to practice as he remains in the concussion protocol, but noted Willson has “a real good chance” to return to work this week.
"He’s got to get through this next stage here, but he looks really good and he feels really good, so he’s got a real good chance,” Carroll said. "But we won’t know until possibly tomorrow, Friday for sure we’ll know one way or the other.”
DE Dion Jordan Has “A Chance To Play This Week”
Defensive end Dion Jordan, who was inactive against the 49ers with a shoulder/neck injury, could return to action this week, Carroll said.
“He’s working. He’s trying to get back this week,” said Carroll. "He had a little shoulder, neck thing that got him a little stinger that he’s coming back from. We’re going to take it day by day. He’s got a chance to play this week.”
- Defensive end Cliff Avril, who is on injured reserve with a neck injury, had surgery Tuesday. "As far as I’ve heard everything went really well,” Carroll said. “So we’ll just wait for him to get back.”
- Carroll said offensive lineman Oday Aboushi is “making progress, but there’s no change right now at this point” in regards to the shoulder injury Aboushi sustained against the Falcons that kept him out of the following week’s game against San Francisco.
- On Monday, Carroll said rookie defensive end Malik McDowell, who has been on the non-football injury list all season, isn’t likely to make it back this year. On Wednesday, Carroll added a bit more clarity, noting "At this point it’s just he’s out for the season. That’s basically what it is. He’s out."
Faces Of The Philadelphia Eagles
Take a look at the Philadelphia Eagles players you can expect to see when the Seattle Seahawks take the field in Week 13 at CenturyLink Field.