Pete Carroll was coaching with a cane and a noticeable limp this week, but that won't keep him off of the sideline on Sunday when the Seahawks face the Arizona Cardinals.
Carroll had arthroscopic knee surgery during the bye week, then explained that he overdid it a bit in his rehab, leading to a setback that had him alternating between a cane and a golf cart in practice this week. Carroll joked that him overdoing it in his rehab was not a surprise to anyone.
"I had to wait for a scope opportunity on the bye week," Carroll explained Friday. "My rehab was going really well, then if you can imagine this, I overdid it a little bit too much. Not that I wasn't warned from everybody that knows me that was here that I probably was going to do that. I guess I wanted them to feel good about calling the shot, and they were all right. I went too far, too fast, so I took a little step back."
As for the actual injury report, only two players were listed on Friday, safety Jamal Adams, who will miss a third straight game with a groin injury and left guard Mike Iupati, who is questionable with a back injury.
UPDATE: Iupati's status was downgraded Saturday morning from questionable to out, so he will not play. Jordan Simmons started in Iupati's place in Week 5, so he likely will get the call again.
Here's what Carroll said about those players and some other injuries and roster notes:
S Jamal Adams
Adams has missed two games already with a groin injury, and the hope heading into the bye week was that he might get back for this game, but Carroll said that, while Adams was close to ready, the plan was to wait and hopefully get him back next week.
"He's really close," Carroll said. "We want to make sure to get it right. The consensus is that it's better to wait until next week. I anticipate that he'll be practicing next week. We hoped to and wanted to, but we couldn't get him out, so we're going to leave him home, one more good weekend of rehab and prep and try to break him out next week."
G Mike Iupati
Iupati missed Seattle's Week 5 game with a back injury, an injury that's still bothering him after the bye. He will miss a second straight game after being downgraded Saturday from questionable to out.
"He's struggled this week some," Carroll said Friday before Iupati's status had changed. "It was an uncomfortable a couple days, so we have to see how he is by the weekend and all that, and for next week. We've got to see, we've got to to get Mike so he's healed and that he has returned fully, because it has nagged him a little bit, so I'm a little concerned about that."
LB Jordyn Brooks
Rookie linebacker Jordyn Brooks has missed the past two games with a knee injury, but was not listed on Friday's injury report and will play Sunday. Carroll stopped short of declaring Books the starter at weakside linebacker over Cody Barton, who played in Brooks' place the last two games, but did say Brooks will play a lot.
"He had a great week, he really did have a great week," Carroll said. "He looked full speed, we ramped him up as the week went on, got more reps as he could handle the work. So he's definitely going to play in this football game and I expect he'll play considerably.
"Really, he had a fantastic week. I'm really excited about him coming back and helping our defense out. He's really fast, he's got great instincts, he's a tough hitter—he had a couple of great hits this week in practice—so he's ready to go."
Carroll also gave updates on a few practice squad players looking to eventually make their mark:
DT Damon Harrison
Harrison, a veteran defensive tackle and former first-team All-Pro, signed to Seattle's practice squad in Week 5, and is "still on the road back," Carroll said, so his Seahawks debut won't come this weekend.
"He's making progress," Carroll said. "We're on a schedule, we're just going to go one week at a time. We're going to leave him home this week to continue to work."
LB Mychal Kendricks
Kendricks, who's 2019 season ended with a torn ACL, signed to the practice squad Wednesday and will need some time to be game-ready, Carroll said: "Mike's making a good run at it. It's going to take him a little bit. Mike wanted to think that he could just come jumping right back in and be full-flow, full-flight and all of that. I did talk to him today, and he needs the days, he needs the days to work his way back in. He's coming off his knee, and he did a fantastic job of rehabbing, but you've still got to get your legs underneath you and get a feel for it. We ramped it up with more plays each day, and next week will be a really big week for him."
DE/TE Stephen Sullivan
Sullivan isn't dealing with an injury, but rather is adjusting to a position switch. A seventh-round pick out of LSU, Sullivan played tight end and receiver in college, and started his Seahawks career as a tight end, but with good depth there—the Seahawks have four tight ends on their roster and also saw rookie Colby Parkinson return to practice this week from the non-football injury list—they're taking a look at Sullivan as a pass-rusher.
"It's been a good experiment for us and for him," Carroll said. "He shows the versatility that he's in the running for this thing. With the tight end situation right now, we don't need him yet there. So we we've been patient with this. Next week will be an important week for him. He had a good day in pads this week, and I'm not sure if it's next week or not, but next week we're looking at him really seriously to see where he fits, see if he has a chance to even have a chance to play there. We know he can play tight end, we have no problem that. We love him there."
Carroll also gave updates on a pair players trying to get back from injured reserve:
DE Rasheem Green
Green has been on injured reserve with stinger, but should be back to practice soon, perhaps as soon as next week.
"He's in great shape," Carroll said. "He's ready to come back. I'm not sure exactly, I think he has a chance to practice here soon. He'll be back soon as we can get him out."
WR Phillip Dorsett II
Dorsett, who has yet to play this season, is running and is "flying" according to Carroll, but the Seahawks are being cautious with his foot injury to make sure he's fully healthy before bringing him back.
"He's in a situation where he's got to make sure that he's back," Carroll said. "This nagged him a little bit early through camp, and he's felt this issue before in his foot, so we're just trying to put a lot of space between when he's feeling really well and running full speed and making sure that he's back. Because if we come back too early, he might miss the rest of the season, so we're going to be conservative. There's a lot of games to play and a lot of time coming up where we'd love to have him. We're being conservative to a certain extent because of the nature of the injury."