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Kenneth Walker III & DeeJay Dallas Game-Day Decisions, A Jamal Adams Update & More From Pete Carroll

Injury updates from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll ahead of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.


The Seahawks head into the weekend with five players listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, but three of those five—receiver DK Metcalf, tight end Will Dissly and safety Ryan Neal—are on track to play. 

Running backs Kenneth Walker III and DeeJay Dallas, however, are both going to be game-day decisions after suffering ankle injuries last weekend that kept them out of practice all week. 

"We're going to have to wait and see on a couple of guys," Carroll said. "We won't know with Kenny and with DeeJay, we'll wait until gametime to find out how they're doing. The other guys are ready to go." 

Also ready to play is running back Travis Homer, who missed last week's game with a knee injury. He gives the Seahawks two healthy running backs on the active roster along with Tony Jones Jr., and the Seahawks also have three backs available on the practice squad who could be elevated ahead of Sunday's game: Godwin Igwebuike, Darwin Thompson, and Wayne Gallman, a veteran who just signed to the practice squad this week. 

On Metcalf, who showed up on the injury report Thursday, then did not practice Friday, Carroll said, "He just had a little hip thing that he felt during the week, so we just thought we'd take advantage of the chance to shut him down and get a little fresh legs going for him, so we held him back today, but he's ready to go."

Carroll said Neal, who left last week's game with a knee injury, "did a nice job today, he looks good."

Quarterback Geno Smith was back to full participation Friday after being limited Thursday with a shoulder injury, and is not listed with a game status, meaning he's good to go. 

Carroll said Smith felt a little something in his shoulder Thursday and that "we just rested him, and he came out and ripped it today, so he's fine. He just needed a break too, he's been throwing every day forever, hasn't missed a rep—so for him to get 20-30 throws off, it was just a little bit of an edge for him that we hope will make a difference."

In other injury news, the Seahawks are expected to elevate Jon Rhattigan from the physically unable to perform list before Sunday's game, Carroll said, allowing the second-year linebacker out of Army to make his 2022 debut after having his rookie campaign cut short by a torn ACL.

"He's really tough, he's real disciplined about his play, that's what we liked about him right off the bat as a rook," Carroll said. "He does stuff right all the time. He's physical, fast, and he's one of us. He's one of our guys. So to get a core (special teams) guy back this time of year, we really feel lucky that he's coming back."

Carroll also mentioned that safety Jamal Adams, who suffered a quadriceps tendon injury in Week 1, was back in the building Friday to visit the team and get checked out by the athletic training staff.

"We saw Jamal out here for the first time in a bit," Carroll said. "It was great to see him. He's back here to check in with the trainers and make sure everything's on track, which we know it is. It's just good to see him back, and having that spirit around that building is great. We miss him."

Asked about how Adams was doing in his recovery from surgery, Carroll said. "He's making good progress now. It's been a while. This is a hard recovery, it's really taxing. He's been through a lot, he'd tell you, it's been rigorous to get back where he's really walking and he's up on it and going and all that. He's got a big old zipper on his knee and all that. This injury in particular is a difficult one, it's a challenging one. But he's doing great and he's happy about it now. He's finally going and really can feel the progress and start getting strong again and all that."

Seahawks wide receivers Dareke Young and Penny Hart visited a Spokane Children's Hospital on December 6, 2022 to spread holiday cheer.

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