The Seahawks head into their bye this week with a 3-2 record thanks to Sunday's victory in Los Angeles, and while this is somewhat early in the season to get that break, it will come at a good time for a few Seahawks dealing with injuries.
Prior to coaches and players enjoying a bit of time off, Carroll addressed the media Monday and provided some updates on those injured players.
Carroll confirmed that left guard Luke Joeckel will have arthroscopic surgery this week, and while the bye week will help minimize the time he's out, Carroll did say Joeckel likely won't be back in time for Seattle's Week 7 game at the New York Giants.
"They'll clean him and we'll see how fast we can get him back," Carroll said.
Asked if Joeckel could play in Seattle's next game, Carroll said, "It's going to be hard to count on that. That's probably too much to count on."
Defensive end Michael Bennett came off the field with a foot injury late in the second quarter of Sunday's game, but was able to return and play the entire second half with that injury. That being said, he was sore Monday and will benefit from a week off.
"He did have a plantar fascia injury and he's really sore today," Carroll said. "He was able to finish the game and did a fantastic job to help us down the stretch. He's going to need these couple of weeks here."
The Seahawks continue to be patient with Cliff Avril, who missed Sunday's game with a neck injury sustained in a Week 4 win over the Colts.
"He's got some tests coming up, I'm not sure if it's two weeks or a week and a half, something like that," Carroll said. "Pretty soon. I think when we get back, we'll know more and we'll find out. Like I've said all along, we're going to do everything we can to help him for the long haul and not rush any decisions, make any conclusions in a rush. We don't need to. He's a bright guy, he's got family, all kinds of support and all that. We'll make a really good decision on whatever it is, but we'll have to wait and see."
The Seahawks could get some help at defensive end at some point from Dion Jordan, an offseason free-agent addition who opened the season on the non-football injury list with a knee injury. Jordan is eligible to come off the NFI list as soon as next week, but while he's making good progress, it will take a bit longer than that.
"He's still a couple of weeks from getting back out there, but he's in full conditioning mode right now," Carroll said. "He's in football conditioning mode with the trainers and the strength and conditioning staff, and he's pushing it. He's going to see how far he can go and how fast he can go, and we'll just keep our fingers crossed for him. It has been a long haul for him and we're pulling for him."
Also pushing to come back is cornerback DeShawn Shead, who is on the physically unable to perform list due to the knee injury he sustained in January's playoff loss in Atlanta.
"He's just a couple weeks now," Carroll said. "He has been looking at this Giants game and the week after that. He's got a couple weeks before he can get back out, but he's in full push mode, he's trying to get it done. As soon as they'll let him back out, he's coming."
Game action photos from the Seahawks' 16-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 5.