The Seahawks will be without three key players for Saturday's game in Kansas City, as receiver Tyler Lockett (hand), nose tackle Al Woods (Achilles) and safety Ryan Neal (knee) have all been ruled out due to injury.
On a more positive note, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll expressed optimism that all four players listed as questionable—running back Kenneth Walker III, receiver Marquise Goodwin, tight end Noah Fant and running back DeeJay Dallas—will all be able to play on Saturday.
Walker, who returned from an ankle injury last week, didn't practice this week, and had a back injury added to the report Thursday, but Carroll said Walker showed enough in other work to show he should be ready.
"He's OK," Carroll said. "I've got to wait and see. He had something, little spasms or something today, but he looked good yesterday, so he should be ready to go."
As for Dallas, who has missed two games with a high ankle sprain, Carroll said the running back's work was limited on Thursday because he showed enough that he's ready to go.
"DeeJay did well today," Carroll said. "As a matter of fact, he looked good enough, we pulled him out of it. He had done enough to show us he can play."
Fant was limited Thursday after not practicing the previous two days, and "should be ready to go," Carroll said. "He should be OK. We've got to get him through all the way until we get to the stadium, he's needed all that time. But he looked good yesterday, and that was enough to give us the feeling that he should be OK."
Goodwin, who is expected to take on a bigger role in Lockett's absence, injured his ankle in practice Wednesday, but is expected to be fine.
"He got tangled up yesterday and just turned his ankle a little bit—a regular lateral ankle sprain that should be OK," Carroll said. "He said he's playing and nothing's going to hold him out. It wasn't bad, but we just needed to rest him today."
As for the three players ruled out, all have a shot to be back next week, Carroll said.
On Woods, who will miss a second game with an Achilles injury, Carroll said, "He thinks he's playing next week. He's really positive about it. It breaks his heart, this is his team. He's a leader on this team and he wants to be right in the middle of everything, so it breaks his heart that he can't be a part of it, but he has a really good chance next week."
Neal, who has played through a knee injury the past two weeks, just didn't bounce back quickly enough this week, with the short week last week being a factor.
"His knee just didn't respond this time," Carroll said. "Really, the Sunday-Thursday thing got him. That was just too soon. He made it through the game and played all right in the game, but it just was too much to ask, and he couldn't get back up. If anybody would have made it back to play, he would have done it. So It's unfortunate, but we got to rest him a week."
With Neal out, Carroll said the Seahawks will see both Teez Tabor and Johnathan Abram getting time at safety.
"Both those guys will play, so it'll be fun to see those guys out there," he said.
Lockett, who had surgery on Monday, stayed in Los Angeles after the surgery to begin rehab and already is moving his hand. He'll rejoin the team next week with a chance to play again the Jets in Week 17.
"He can already move, so they're very positive about it," Carroll said… "It'll be a miraculous return in my book, but yet the doc down there is bigtime and he's pulled it off before, so maybe he's done it again."
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