The Seahawks play at Arizona Thursday, which means a short turnaround for everyone, but especially for players trying to get back from injuries. A day after Sunday's loss to Washington, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave a rundown of his team's injury situation during his weekly appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle.
Running back Eddie Lacy left the game early with a groin injury, and as of now the severity of that injury is not yet clear, Carroll said: "He's got a groin strain. I don't know how bad it is. He couldn't finish the game. I wanted to see him hit it and see how he would do. That was the intention, he just didn't get a chance. Thomas (Rawls) jumped in there and did fine, ran hard and came through."
On a more positive note, the running game showed progress after a rough outing the week before, gaining 148 yards, the team's second-highest rushing total of the season, while averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
"Everybody averaged 4 yards or more per carry, so we made progress yesterday," Carroll said. "Russell (Wilson) added to it with his runs… I thought we blocked pretty well, we ran well, and I think we made good progress. I think last week was the aberration, I don't think that was the norm."
And even if Lacy can't play this week, the Seahawks are expecting help at running back, with C.J. Prosise expected back from an ankle injury that has kept him out of four of the past five games.
"He's ready to play," Carroll said. "He'll play this week. He was really close last week. He'll get four more days, and we're not going to be able to practice hard enough to get anybody whacked during these four days here, so he's ready to contribute."
Carroll did not know yet if safety Earl Thomas would be back this week after missing the game with a hamstring injury, and his status likely will remain in question until Thursday.
"I don't know about Earl," Carroll said. "We won't know until gameday."
Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson missed Sunday's game with an oblique injury sustained during the week of practice, and is making progress, but his status for this week is still unknown as well.
"We've had guys come back from this," Carroll said. "His was little more intense than those. So we'll have to wait and see this week. He made progress on gameday, but not enough, so that's a good sign. Today he should be better, but it's coming quick, so we'll see what happens."
The Seahawks lost another defensive lineman during the game with end Marcus Smith leaving the game with a head injury. Smith is in the concussion protocol, which would make it tough for him to get back on short week.
"We've got to see what happens with Marcus, it would be hard for him to get back," Carroll said.
The Seahawks do have help coming on the defensive line, however, with Dion Jordan ready to come off the non-football injury list after practicing the past two weeks.
"He's ready, he's ready to go," Carroll said. "The chance is that this his first week to come back. He had a very good week last week. I'm thrilled about that for him in particular, because it has been such a long haul for him to get back. We'll see how we can mix him and find him a spot."
The Seahawks fall short 17-14 against the Redskins in Week 9 at CenturyLink Field.