MINNEAPOLIS—When Tyler Lockett went to the turf holing his knee, players for both teams immediate expressed concern for the Seahawks receiver.
Fortunately for the Seahawks and Lockett, he avoided injury despite being twisted awkwardly to the ground, and that might have been the best news of the day in a 30-17 loss to the Vikings.
"He was OK," Carroll said. "It was such an unusual situation, he got twisted, and he just wanted—because he was so close to getting hurt—he wanted to make sure he was all right. It was really an awkward position he was in, and his foot released just when it had to fortunately to save him."
The Seahawks did have at least one injury of significance come out of the game, however, with defensive end Kerry Hyder Jr. leaving the game in the first quarter with a concussion.
Linebacker Jordyn Brooks was carted off the field in the second half with an apparent injury, but it turned out he just had what Carroll called "really bad cramps on both legs," and Brooks was able to return to the game.
The Seahawks came into the game knowing that receiver Dee Eskridge (concussion), right tackle Brandon Shell (ankle) and running back Rashaad Penny (calf) would all be out due to injury, and linebacker Benson Mayowa was also inactive after being listed as questionable with a neck injury. There was also a suspire pregame scratch, with Marquise Blair being inactive despite not being on the injury report Friday. Carroll said Blair banged his knee in practice during the week, but that he seemed to be OK by the end of the week, but that Blair, "just didn't feel right" in pregame warmups and wasn't able to play.
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