INDIANAPOLIS—Seahawks coach Pete Carroll held a press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, his first session with the media since the day after Seattle's final game of the season.
Among the numerous topics covered by Carroll was the health of players who are coming back from injuries that required surgery during or after the season. Here's a rundown of what Carroll had to say.
DK Metcalf, who played through a foot injury for most of the season, had surgery earlier this offseason to clean up issues that resulted from a previous surgery.
"They fixed a surgery that he had on his foot a couple of years back," Carroll said. "They just had to go in there and adjust some stuff in his foot. It bothered him all year long. We were not able to practice him. He practiced one day a week and a couple walkthroughs, and we always had to be guarded just to maintain his progress, which is not what was best for him. He needed to be working. He needed to be out there. It would have helped us and helped himself too. He knew it, we all knew it, there's just nothing we can do about it. He did everything he could and he did admirably, remarkably well, but you can only get so much done. He's still a young player. He's still a developing player, and he'll get better."
Safety Quandre Diggs left Seattle's Week 18 win in Arizona with a leg injury that required surgery, but is on track to be ready by the start of training camp, if not sooner.
"I don't think there is any doubt," Carroll said when asked if Diggs, who will become a free agent when the new league year begins, will be ready for training camp. "That's all he's thinking about. He'll be back before then I would think. We really want to get him back."
Running back Chris Carson missed all but four games in 2021 due to a neck injury, one that required surgery, but the Seahawks are still hopeful he'll be back in 2022.
"His workouts are going well, he's in good spirits, and he's looking forward to playing and getting back," Carroll said. "Anytime you have a neck surgery, it's obviously very intricate and all, we've got to see how that works out. You know how much I've always loved Chris, I'd love to get him back if we can get him back."
Asked if there was any concern about Carson not being able to play again, Carroll said, "I don't have any reason to doubt it right now. He's really positive about it and everything went well. And so he should be progressing the way the docs count on. So we'll have to see what happens."
On Jamal Adams, whose season was cut short by a shoulder injury, Carroll said, "He sounds great. He's just chomping at the bit. He just, he wants to get going right now. He feels like, he left too much out there. And also his attitude is great. I just communicated with him Monday."
Safety/nickel back Marquise Blair has had his last two seasons cut short by knee injury, but Carroll said the update on Blair, "Sounds great. It sounds great. He's had a long time to work this recovery, so he's in good shape right now. And he's hopping around pretty good."
On cornerback Tre Brown, whose rookie season was cut short by knee injuries, Carroll said, "Tre is doing well. He's working hard at it. He's active already and going. He's pushing himself hard, so there's always going to be some struggle in there, but he's really optimistic and really positive. He's been around the building a bunch, so we're looking for him to be a big part of what's going on next year."
Check out photos from the 2022 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday, March 2.