Operating on an abbreviated weekly schedule with just three days off between games, the Seahawks' practice workload will look a little bit different this week as Seattle prepares for its matchup with the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night at CenturyLink Field. Coming off Sunday's 27-10 road win against the Arizona Cardinals, the Seahawks will hold a late walk-thru Monday as the team prioritizes rest and recovery before its primetime showdown.
"On this day we're still in recovery mode, so you have to try to maximize recovery and get your guys ready to go," Carroll said, later adding "We do look after them and you can't practice much, you can't practice in the same fashion that you normally do because it's the day before the game before you know it. But it's really important to look after the recovery aspect of this so that they can be at the best so that they can play and get ready, and they have to still learn, they have to still practice, you've got to still go through reps and all that kind of stuff, but you've got to find your way to do that."
Despite not practicing Monday, the Seahawks and Rams are each required to submit a practice report with injury designations to the league, which you can see in full below (the practice participation listed for both teams is an estimation based on what participation for a full practice would have been). Here's what Carroll had to say when asked during his Monday press conference about the status of a few of those players listed on Monday's report:
Rashaad Penny (Hamstring)
Second-year running back Rashaad Penny has been held from the past two games with a hamstring injury, but Carroll said Penny "looked like he could have gone" against the Cardinals, an encouraging sign for a Week 5 return against the Rams.
"Now it's just about time," Carroll said. "He looked ready to play. He looked like he could have gone. It's just it was kind of defying the timeframe for a hamstring to be ready in eight days, of the severity that it was. He'll do more running than other guys because he didn't play and all, and we'll be able to test him, but in the actual practice reps there won't be many opportunities for him to show more. So we are anticipating that he's healthy unless there's reason to think otherwise."
Ethan Pocic (Mid Back)
Carroll was asked to describe the injury that has bothered offensive lineman Ethan Pocic, a setback that's kept Pocic on the sideline for Seattle's past two games. Carroll called it a "real painful, really discomforting" situation for Pocic, noting the injury has bothered Pocic in the neck area.
"He tried getting back last week and he couldn't use it, so we just have to wait," Carroll said. "We don't know if he'll make it by Thursday, either. Not sure."
Ziggy Ansah (Back)
Defensive end Ziggy Ansah was listed as questionable heading into Sunday's game at Arizona, but he wound up seeing plenty of play time, logging 62 percent of Seattle's defensive snaps and looking more like the player the Seahawks saw on film before signing him to a free-agent deal this past offseason.
"He's a tough dude, now. He's tough and he shows it," Carroll said. "He had some great chase plays yesterday, came out of the stack and made a couple hits downfield and on the perimeter. It's the stuff that we saw on the film when he played in the early part of last year that really was attracting to us. For a big, great-looking athlete he's tough and physical and looking to hit somebody. He showed that. It kind of came to life more than the first game, so it was great to see with the questionable tag going in. He's a tough guy that really adds to our team."
Neiko Thorpe (Hamstring)
Cornerback Neiko Thorpe has missed the Seahawks' past three games to injury, but Carroll said the team's special teams captain "should be ready to go" for this week's game against the Rams.
"He worked out really well last week, was really close," Carroll said. "Like with Rashaad, he'll get some extra running to make sure that he's ready to go, but I think he's got a chance to play this week."
Here's Monday's practice report for both teams. Reminder, practice participation is an estimation based on what participation for a full practice would have looked like.
T Duane Brown (Biceps)
G Mike Iupati (Foot)
G Ethan Pocic (Mid Back)
DE Quinton Jefferson (Hip)
RB Rashaad Penny (Hamstring)
CB Neiko Thorpe (Hamstring)
DE Ziggy Ansah (Back)
Los Angeles Rams
Did Not Participate
LB Bryce Hager (Shoulder)
S Taylor Rapp (Ankle)
CB Marcus Peters (Face)