The Seahawks were missing a handful of key players for Sunday's win over the Carolina Panthers, and a day later head coach Pete Carroll expressed optimism that at least some of those players will be back for Seattle's Monday night game against the Giants.
Headlining the list of returning players is Pro-Bowl safety Jamal Adams, who has not played since tearing his quadriceps tendon in last year's season-opening win over the Broncos. Adams has been practicing for the past two weeks, and was listed as questionable for Sunday's game, then eventually made inactive for the game, but now, as long as everything goes well this week, he'll make his 2023 debut on Monday Night Football in New Jersey.
"Judging from the practice he's had the last couple of weeks, he's ready to go," Carroll said." So we've just got to make it through the week, make sure everything goes right. There will be no restrictions at all."
As for what Adams' return can do for the Seahawks, Carroll said, "He's a unique player and he's got a unique way about him—his aggressiveness and attack style. He generates action. Really good running and hitting, the basic fundamentals of the game, but he also brings a lot of energy and juice and confidence. He's just got a lot of energy, so we're really excited for him. We're going to try to keep him as even-keeled as possible so he can just play like he's capable, but I know he's really fired up about finally getting back to it."
Carroll also expressed optimism that Pro-Bowl cornerback Riq Woolen will make it back after missing Sunday's victory with a chest injury, again, as long as things go well in practice.
"We've got to get him to practice and get going on Thursday and get him cranking," Carroll said. "He's going to have to prove it that he's OK, that he can move and feel all right and do the stuff he needs to do. We won't know that until he gets out there. But he's not that uncomfortable now; it'll be determined by how he can handle it."
The status of tight end Will Dissly, who was held out with a shoulder injury, isn't clear yet.
"I don't know that," Carroll said. "We'll have to wait and see. We're not sure yet."
Cornerback Coby Bryant, who missed Sunday's game with a toe injury, is hoping to get back this week.
"He's really determined to play this week," Carroll said. "He was really feisty about it and he wanted to see if he could do something last week, but we'll see what happens. We've just got to make sure we take care of him—it's a different injury, but similar, so he's been through this before. It's not nearly as bad as it was last time, so we've just got to wait and see."
As for players who left Sunday's win with injuries, Carroll said defensive end Dre'Mont Jones, "had some tightness in his hip that kind of gave him some lower back stuff too, so he had a couple things connected, and he just kind of stoved up a little bit too much to keep going."
On cornerback Tre Brown, who left with a concussion, Carroll said, "He got banged pretty good now. He got hit in the face and also hit his head, but he's doing well as far as the early stages of how they evaluate the concussions and all that. They're hopeful he can make it through the week."
And on Darrell Taylor, who left with a leg injury, Carroll said, "The thought is that he has a chance to be OK this week. He got banged, he's got a pretty good bruise or something like that. He got kicked in the shin."
Carroll also praised the efforts of safeties Quandre Diggs and Julian Love to play and get through the game despite injuries that had them listed as questionable for the game, and he said both appear to have come out of the game in good shape.
"That was remarkable, really, for both those guys to make it back," Carroll said. "They both had issues, there were issues that we documented, but they were able to rehab properly and take advantage of the week to get out there, and then they played really capably under those circumstances. Both of those guys, as far as I've heard so far, they came out just fine, and the extra day helps, so they should be back and going."
Check out the best sights from the sidelines following the Seahawks 37-27 victory over the Carolina Panthers at Lumen Field. Easy to Celebrate photos are presented by Bud Light.