The Seahawks will be without two starters in their secondary, safety Jamal Adams and cornerback Quinton Dunbar, as both were ruled out for Seattle's Week 4 game at Miami. Starting cornerback Shaquill Griffin should be ready to go, however, despite being listed as questionable, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
Prior to his team's departure for Miami, Carroll provided several updates on his team's health heading into a Week 4 contest with the Dolphins.
Both Adams (groin) and Dunbar (knee) sat out practice all week, so them being out doesn't come as a surprise. Carroll also acknowledged that at Week 6 bye week could factor into the decision making on those two next week.
"Yeah, it's part of our thinking knowing that the bye is coming, so it depends on how the guys are," Carroll said. "We're not going to bring them back until they're ready, but there's an opportunity, if a guy at the end of the week is just barely making it back, taking that extra week will be worthwhile. So we just have to gauge that as we go. Those guys are dying to play, so as soon as they're ready they're going to jump out there."
Also out for Sunday's game is rookie linebacker Jordyn Brooks, who injured his knee in last week's game after taking over a starting role because linebacker Bruce Irvin went on injured reserve after sustaining a season-ending knee injury in Week 2. Irvin is one of three defensive players to go on injured reserve since the season started along with starting nickel defensive back Marquise Blair and defensive end Rasheem Green.
But while the secondary will be short-handed without Adams, Dunbar and Blair, Carroll did give an encouraging update on Griffin, who was listed as questionable Friday with a shoulder injury.
"He just has a bit of a sore shoulder," Carroll said. "He's ready to go, he practiced all week."
Also questionable is running back Chris Carson, who left last week's game with a knee injury, and while Carroll said they'll wait until gameday to make a final decision, he gave a positive update after Carson practiced fully on Friday.
"He did fine," Carroll said. "We've got him listed as questionable—he was on the ground after a play last week, so we've got to make sure he's OK, but he had a good solid week. We'll go all the way to game time to make sure that he feels really confident and all, but he looked good. And he took plays yesterday and today."
Fellow running back Carlos Hyde is also listed as questionable with a shoulder injury but also appears to be on track to play.
"He's just got a sore shoulder," Carroll said. "We just wanted to make sure got through the week without banging it. He practiced all week."
The news was also positive on rookie right guard Damien Lewis, who left last week's game with an ankle injury, but who is on track to play Sunday after practicing full each of the past two days.
"He made it through, he did a marvelous job," Carroll said. "We watched his reps, but he practiced the whole week and did everything. He didn't even flinch, he just got back out there."
Also questionable in the secondary are safety Lano Hill (back) and cornerback Neiko Thorpe (hip), who both missed last week's game.
Here are the full injury reports for both teams:
- S Jamal Adams (groin, did not participate)
- CB Quinton Dunbar (knee, did not participate)
- LB Jordyn Brooks (knee, did not participate)
- RB Chris Carson (knee, full participation)
- CB Shaquill Griffin (shoulder, full participation)
- RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder, limited participation)
- G Damien Lewis (ankle, full participation)
- CB Neiko Thorpe (hip, did not participate)
- S Lano Hill (back, did not participate)
- S Kavon Frazier (shoulder, limited participation)
- CB Byron Jones (groin/Achilles, limited participation)
- G Solomon Kindley (foot, limited participation)
- QB Tua Tagovailoa (illness, limited participation)
The Seattle Seahawks have faced the Miami Dolphins 15 times dating back to 1977, going 4-8 in the regular season and 1-2 in the postseason. They'll look to add another win this Sunday, October 4 at 10 a.m. PT at Hard Rock Stadium.