Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed that his team’s defense will again be without weakside linebacker K.J. Wright, who is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery that was performed in August.
But while Wright is “not going to make it,” as Carroll put it, for this week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, he is ramping up his workouts this week.
“He has had a great few days,” Carroll said. “He’s going to be off today, then the next three days will be solid days back to back to back, see how he tolerates that. He’s working his way back in hopes that that kicks him into high gear next week.”
With Wright out again, and with the NFL suspending Mychal Kendricks this week, the Seahawks will have a new starter at weakside linebacker. Austin Calitro, who played in that spot in the season opener, and who started at middle linebacker in Week 2, could be an option to start there, as could rookie Shaquem Griffin, who started the opener and split time with Calitro in that game.
And while the Seahawks won’t have Wright this week, they should be getting back a couple of important players, including running back Chris Carson and defensive end Dion Jordan.
“He should be fine,” Carroll said of Carson, who missed last week’s game with a hip injury. “We’re going to go light on him today. He did the morning part of the work, then tomorrow he should go full-go.”
On Dion Jordan, who also missed Sunday’s win in Arizona with a hip injury, Carroll said, “He’s going to go today and he’s full-go.”
Carroll said second-year guard Ethan Pocic should get back this week from an ankle injury, but noted that for now at least, J.R. Sweezy will remain the starter at left guard.
“We’re going to go that way just because of the continuity of the last couple of weeks and the way (Sweezy) has come off the football,” Carroll said. “We’re going to work Ethan back in and see how he progresses—he’s practicing today for the first time. We feel really comfortable with D.J. and Sweez playing the guard spots for us. What it does allow us, Ethan is an extremely versatile football player—he can play tackle, guard and center—and that’s a real benefit to have him available to us, particularly as he’s working his way back in.”
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