There’s a good chance the Seahawks will be without linebacker K.J. Wright when they host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. Wright, who missed the first six games of the season with a knee injury, has played in the last three games, but did not finish last week’s game at Los Angeles, and was listed as doubtful on Wednesday’s injury report after not practicing this week.
“We’re going to go up to game-time and see how it works out,” Seahawks coach Carroll said. “He’s a gallant competitor and we’ll see what it means, but right now we’ve got him as doubtful.”
On a more positive note, the Seahawks should have running back Chris Carson (hip) and right guard D.J. Fluker (calf) back after they both were held out of last week’s game with injuries. Neither was even listed on the final injury report, meaning their availability isn’t in question. Also left off the injury report is Bradley McDougald, who turned a corner this week with the knee injury that has been bothering him the past few weeks, Carroll said.
Carroll described Carson as being “full-speed, ready to go,” and noted that holding Carson and Fluker out of the Rams game helped those two get fully healthy.
“Both of those guys are really hungry to play again,” Carroll said. “They were close enough that they might’ve been able to play last week, but they would probably not have been able to finish. I think that all of our work and collaboration to figure this one out worked out well, and both guys are raring to get out there and should be able to put up a good showing.”
On McDougald, Carroll said, “Bradley feels great. What we did a week ago in working him in his rehab, it really took and he had made a big jump and he’s feeling really positive about that. He’s been a very special player for us this year, and he’s been a little bit hampered the last couple weeks so it’s great to have him back. I think he’s full-go and we’re counting on that.”
The Seahawks also have four players listed as questionable, including defensive end Dion Jordan (knee), who is coming off of his most productive game of the season with five tackles and half a sack against the Rams.
“It’s just wear and tear from last week’s game,” Carroll said. “He played really hard and really well last week, and we just wanted to make sure and take care of him and there’s a lot of games left. We’ve got to make some good decisions to make sure we’re handling him well and taking care of his knee.”
Also questionable is safety Delano Hill, who left Sunday’s game with a quadriceps injury after taking over for McDougald, who eventually came back into the game. Hill, as well as cornerback Neiko Thorpe (calf) will be game-day decisions, Carroll said, though the short week—and the long break that follows—could factor into the decision-making process.
“He practiced,” Carroll said of Hill. “He worked through it. He’s got a quad thing that’s bothering him that happened in this game. If this was a Sunday game, it wouldn’t be any question but the fact that it’s a Thursday game, it does accelerate it.”
On Thorpe, who has missed the last three games, Carroll said, “Neiko looked great in his running today. We can take that one to game time but this is also a case of when he gets back, we’ve got to keep him back. These extra couple days of this next week are really kind of attractive to giving these guys one more shot at really coming back strong. We’re considering that.”
The Packers, meanwhile, will be without receive Randall Cobb, cornerback Kevin King, linebacker Nick Perry and safety Kentrell Brice.
Here are the full injury reports for both teams:
LB K.J. Wright (knee, did not participate in practice)
S Delano Hill (quadriceps, limited participation in practice)
S Mo Alexander (elbow, full participation in practice)
CB Neiko Thorpe (groin, limited participation in practice)
DE Dion Jordan (knee, full participation in practice)
Green Bay Packers
S Kentrell Brice (ankle, did not participate in practice)
WR Randall Cobb (hamstring, did not participate in practice)
CB Kevin King (hamstring, did not participate in practice)
LB Nick Perry (knee, did not participate in practice)
G Lucas Patrick (concussion, did not participate in practice)
CB Bashaud Breeland (groin, full participation in practice)
LB Blake Martinez (ankle, limited participation in practice)
For the Seahawks "Salute To Service" game, presented by USAA on Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field, 96-year-old U.S. Air Force combat veteran Staff Sergeant Art Unruh, a B-17 waist gunner for the 32nd Fighter Group during WWII, will raise the 12 Flag prior to kickoff. Unruh visited Seahawks practice on Tuesday, meeting with players, coaches, and staff. During a six month span in 1944, Unruh participated in 243 hours and 15 minutes of aerial combat. His awards and decorations include a Silver Star, Air Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. Unruh has lived in Everett, Wash. since 1952 and serves as a docent at Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum.