The Seahawks earned a victory in Arizona on Sunday, but lost two key players to injury, with safety Earl Thomas fracturing his tibia and tight end Will Dissly injuring his patellar tendon, an injury that will require surgery this week.
On a more positive note, the Seahawks are expecting a handful of players back this week, including running back Chris Carson, defensive end Dion Jordan, and guard Ethan Pocic. Running back C.J. Prosise should also be closer to 100 percent this week after playing sparingly on Sunday while dealing with an abdomen injury.
“I know we had a couple of losses, but we have four guys coming back in and Doug (Baldwin) improving,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We’ve solidified the depth at the running back spot, you can see it, so we have some real positive things to look forward to.”
While Pocic will likely be available after a two-game absence, Carroll indicated they’ll stick with J.R. Sweezy at left guard for at least another week.
“We’ll see how that works,” Carroll said when asked about Pocic. “We’ve got to get him back in. The guys who are coming back all have to get Wednesday’s practice in then come back on Thursday and Friday and show us they can do that. So we’re not projecting any changes at all there.”
Rookie defensive end Rasheem Green, who missed last week’s game with an ankle injury, is unlikely to make it back this week.
“He’s still going to be a bit,” Carroll said. “He’s getting back going, but he’s going to be a bit. It would probably be difficult for him to make it this week.”
Carroll said Doug Baldwin came out of the game healthy after missing the previous two games with an MCL sprain, and should be able to play more in this week’s game than he did Sunday.
“He felt great about it, came out of the game great,” Carroll said. “We’ll take care of him again this week as he builds some background of being back in the fold, but I expect him to play a ton this week.”
Linebacker K.J. Wright, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in August, is progressing but Carroll said it’s too early to know what that means for this week.
“K.J. is stepping up his workouts,” Carroll said. “We’ll know more later in the week where he is. But he is running, and he’s on the road back. I can’t tell you when that’s going to happen though.”
As for those injuries sustained in Sunday’s game, Carroll said Thomas, “fractured the tibia in almost the same area where he did it before. He was trying to jump over the receiver and he just kind of kicked him and he hit right in the same spot. He knew exactly what happened. It felt just the same and all that.”
Carroll said Thomas has not yet decided whether or not to have surgery for that injury. Thomas elected not to when he sustained a similar injury in 2016.
Dissly’s injury is somewhat similar to the one tight end Jimmy Graham suffered during the 2015 season.
“Will is going to have surgery this week,” Carroll said. “He injured his patellar tendon. It’s similar to what Jimmy did a while back. I don’t know how similar, but it is the same kind of injury.”
With Dissly out, Carroll said the team could add someone off the practice squad this week. Seattle has two tight ends currently on the practice squad, Darrell Daniels, who until last week was on the 53-man roster, and Marcus Lucas. The Seahawks should also get Ed Dickson, an offseason free-agent addition, back off of the non-football injury list when he’s eligible to return following Week 6.
Tedric Thompson, who spent training camp and the preseason as the starting free safety before Thomas reported, will go back into that role.
“Tedric steps up,” Carroll said. “We’re excited about Tedric’s play, and he has been playing quite a bit in the dime group that we’ve been playing, so he has been on the field a lot. So it’s nothing new for him to get out there. He has been a contributor on special teams as well… He has been very solid, so we expect him to play very well.”
Carroll pointed out that they aren’t expecting the second-year safety out of Colorado to be Earl Thomas, but rather to be himself.
“I don’t see it as replacing Earl Thomas, I don’t see that,” Carroll said. “(Thomas) is a great football player, and has demonstrated that for a long period of time. He came out and had probably his best start of any season he could recall, so it’s next guy up. This is not Earl coming back, this is Tedric playing. He’s going to do the best he can, the way he plays. I remind you that Tedric had the best camp and late-offseason work of anybody. He was the most spectacular player we had making plays and doing things on the back end. I don’t know how high expectations were about how our secondary was going to play, but these guys are playing good football, and I would expect Tedric to jump in there and do the things that he does really well. He’s a different player to some extent than Earl—Earl’s really one of a kind—but he’ll do a good job for us. We intend to see him play really well.”
Game action photos from the Seattle Seahawks' 20-17 road win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4 of the 2018 NFL season.