The Seahawks left for Detroit on Friday, but not before head coach Pete Carroll could give a shout-out to the Mariners, who after an extra-inning win on Thursday are one win—or one Baltimore loss—from clinching the team's first playoff berth in 21 years.
"How 'bout those Mariners?" Carroll said. "What a game last night, jeez. They were able to hang tough, put (their magic number) down to one. We showed the highlights today and the guys were going crazy. It was an awesome game last night. We're all rooting for them, sorry we are leaving town, wish we could hang close."
Turning to the upcoming game against the Lions, Carroll said, "We're making it through this week, coming out feeling pretty healthy and in pretty good shape. We feel fortunate whenever we get our guys back out. We have some choices that we have to make, we will see about that at gametime. We are getting a little stronger, it's good."
As Carroll noted, the Seahawks are getting healthier, with only two players on the final injury report, cornerback Justin Coleman, who is doubtful with a calf injury, and safety Joey Blount, who is questionable with a hamstring injury.
Among those not on the injury report is defensive end Shelby Harris, who will return after missing the previous two games due to both a glute injury and a family situation that kept him away from the team last week.
"Shelby is a really experienced player, savvy, he's physical, he can play in the running game and the passing game," Carroll said. "He's a really good complement to the front four guys rushing in nickel, he's really kind of the wily vet for us, and does a lot of good stuff."
Also getting back to full health is cornerback Artie Burns, who missed the first two games with a groin injury, and who was inactive last week as he worked his way back to full speed.
"Artie is back to full speed," Carroll said. "He's made it back and this was like the first week that I could tell you that. He practiced last week, and he was trying to feel his way a little bit as we wanted him to. This week, he's back to full speed, so he had a good solid week."
Burn's return and Sidney Jones IV being back as well from the concussion that kept him out for part of camp and the preseason gives the Seahawks a lot of depth and competition at cornerback behind starters Tariq Woolen and Mike Jackson.
"The situation has changed with (Artie) coming back and with Sidney coming back," Carroll said. "Sidney is ready to play too. We have been really cautious with Sidney because of the injury that he had. The competition is really on, these guys are fighting to get through. We had a terrific week of practice with those guys. It's just stepped up, everybody can feel it. They are fighting for their wins in practice, and it made for a really good week."
Coleman being doubtful means rookie Coby Bryant will likely handle nickel corner duties for the third straight game, and the Seahawks like what he has shown since taking over that spot. Carroll said Coleman is running and is close to returning, but his doubtful designation means he's unlikely to play.
"Coby is really growing with the spot, he's learning," Carroll said. "There is so much to learn at this spot, it's such an intricate position because you do so much. You are in zones, you are in man, you are in pressures, you are in run fits, and there are big time adjustments. He's really doing well, and you can see that he played with confidence last week, he really got after it, pressured beautifully, and made a couple of really nice tackles. The time that he has had has given him an opportunity to kind of get comfortable and going with this thing. He still has a long way to go, and with JC not being able to get back, if that's the case, then we are feeling OK with Coby playing."
Looking ahead, the Seahawks will potentially be able to get some players back next week, as players on injured reserve and the physically unable to perform list are eligible to return after four games. Carroll was asked about defensive lineman L.J. Collier, who is on IR with an elbow injury, and said, "It's going to be interesting to see. We really need him to come back. We need his activity and his background in our stuff and all of that. We missed him being in the mix of everything. So, it will be great to get him back. Next week is his week. He will be ready."
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