As expected, the Seahawks will welcome safety Kam Chancellor back to the lineup after a four-game absence with a groin injury. Chancellor practiced all week, and is “going to be ready to go,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after Friday’s practice. “He looked great… He’s a terrific part our team and has always been a great leader and great impact player. So when you ask, ‘will you miss him?’ Yeah, you’re going to miss the guy. There’s only one guy like that. It’s great to have him back.”
The Seahawks have a chance to also get tight end Luke Willson back this week. Willson has missed the past three games after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee. He is listed as questionable, but practiced fully the past two days.
“He did really well,” Carroll said. “He made it through, practiced every day this week and finished well today, so he’s in position to play this weekend.”
Also listed as questionable is tackle Bradley Sowell, who has missed two games with a knee injury. Sowell practiced fully all three days this week, though Carroll would not say if he’ll return to the starting lineup this week.
Cassius Marsh practiced fully the last two days after missing Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury and “looked great,” Carroll said, which is good news for Seattle’s pass rush.
Running Back Thomas Rawls is still at least a week away from returning to game action, but he did practice this week and showed no signs of the fibula injury that has kept him out since Week 2.
“He looked really fast and confident making his breaks and moves,” Carroll said. “He practiced throughout the week. It was a really good week for Thomas coming back. You couldn’t see anything that was bothering him at all, so it was really, really positive.
Asked if Rawls would be able to play in next week’s game against Philadelphia, Carroll said, “I don’t know that. We’ll just go to next week and see what happens. He has to respond, see how he does and all that, but he looked really good. You couldn’t see that there was anything holding him back at this point. His confidence has got to be there, and his conditioning looked great, so I think we really have a chance. We’ll see how that goes.”
Additionally, running back Christine Michael was a late addition to the injury report, listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. If Michael can’t play, that would likely mean an even bigger workload for C.J. Prosise, who has seen his playing time increase each week since returning from a wrist injury. If Prosise does take on a bigger role this weekend, the Seahawks won’t be worried about how the rookie handles it.
“He fits really well,” Carroll said. “He’s a very versatile athlete that we’re just trying to grow with and figure out where he fits and what we can do with him and kind of find a role that really suits him. There aren’t many restrictions here. He’s big, he’s fast, he can catch and he can run, he runs nice fast routes and all of that. He blocks well when he has had his chances and he’s been aggressive with his pass protection. It’s just all positives, and we continue to work with him to see where we can fit him in and make him a factor for us. Just as we had hoped for in the drafting process that he could be versatile and do these things, he looks the part. We’re really excited about that and just hope he can contribute in a bigger way as we move through the schedule here.”
Coming off of the bye, the Patriots have no players ruled out, and only four are questionable, three of whom were able to practice Friday.
Here are the full injury reports for both teams:
DE Michael Bennett (knee, did not participate in practice)
RB Thomas Rawls (fibula, full participation)
RB Christine Michael (hamstring, limited participation)
T Bradley Sowell (knee, full)
CB DeAndre Elliott (hamstring, full)
TE Luke Willson (knee, full)
New England Patriots
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle, limited participation)
DT Alan Branch (back, limited participation)
WR Julian Edelman (foot, limited participation)
WR Chris Hogan (back, did not participate)
The Seahawks and the Patriots are currently tied 8-8 in the all-time regular-season series. One team will look to break that tie this Sunday during Week 10 at Gillette Stadium.