In his first press conference since coming off of the team's bye week, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll shared a few injury updates as the club readies for its Week 7 road game against the New York Giants.
Here's some of what Carroll had to say on Tuesday afternoon at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center:
OL Luke Joeckel
Left guard Luke Joeckel underwent knee surgery over the bye week "to get some things cleaned up," Carroll said, and the Seattle head coach optimistically anticipates the veteran lineman should be able to make it back on the field in four to five weeks.
"We're going to be optimistic that he can make it back in four or five weeks and we'll see what happens," Carroll said. "Maybe that's possible, maybe that isn't, we've got to see how he heals and how he comes back around. He definitely needed to get some things cleaned up and that was taken care of and everything went beautifully, so he's very optimistic as well. So we need to see what happens here and really won't be able to know probably for three weeks anyway to know where he is."
Carroll went on to comment on how Joeckel's knee injury impacted him over the team's first five games.
"It took him a couple days to get back, to recover from the games," Carroll said. "He handled it beautifully in terms of the process and preparation of it to get through each week and it just got to the point where it wasn't getting any better and we needed to do something for the long haul, so we'll get him back to finish the season and I'm not sure when that will happen, but when he comes back he shouldn't be restricted in any way either. He should be fine."
Carroll said Mark Glowinski and rookie Ethan Pocic are options to replace Joeckel in the starting lineup at left guard and that the two will compete for playing time this week.
DE Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett, who went into the bye week with a sore foot coming out of the team's Week 5 win over the Rams, feels like he'll be ready to go against the Giants, Carroll said.
"He went through the walk-thru today," Carroll said. "He's going to I think practice tomorrow, he's going to work a little bit. He feels as though he's going to be able to play, but he's going to need all these days to keep healing. So good signs today, though."
DE Cliff Avril
The Seahawks continue to be patient with defensive end Cliff Avril, who injured his neck in the Seahawks' Week 4 game against the Colts and has not practiced or played in a game since.
"We're continuing to help him look and figure out what comes next," Carroll said. "I can't say anything to you today. Maybe in the next couple days we'll know more. He's continuing to see specialists to make sure he knows what his situation is and we're encouraging all of that. We really don't have an official update for you yet."
RB C.J. Prosise
Carroll said running back C.J. Prosise "looks like he's ready to go" after missing the past two games with an ankle injury.
"We're going today, counting on him practicing full speed," Carroll said.
OL Rees Odhiambo
Carroll said Rees Odhiambo is "fine now" after suffering a bruised sternum in the Seahawks' Week 4 game against the Colts. Following that game, Odhiambo had difficulty breathing and was hospitalized as a precaution, but he was able to fully participate in practice a majority of the following week and was back in the starting lineup for Seattle's Week 5 win over the Rams.
CB DeShawn Shead, DEs Dion Jordan & Malik McDowell
Cornerback DeShawn Shead (knee), who's on the Seahawks' Physically Unable to Perform list, along with defensive ends Dion Jordan (knee) and Malik McDowell (head), who are on Seattle's non-football injury list, have been working out with trainers in recent weeks, but Carroll noted the trio is not yet ready to return to practice with the team.
"They're not ready to do that yet," Carroll said. "We're going to stretch those weeks out, but the guys are working out and they're pressing for it now. They're pushing to get back, Dion Jordan is and of course Shead."
On McDowell, Carroll added: "You probably saw that Malik is back to working out some and that process begins. I don't have any indication of what that means, but it's great for the young guy to have a chance just to get back involved and get active again, so we'll see how that goes."
For McDowell, the Seahawks' first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft who suffered an injury this past offseason that resulted in what Carroll has confirmed to be a "really bad concussion," Carroll said it will be "a slow process to get him back out here," but he has re-entered the conditioning phase of things to get back into football shape, what Carroll called "a very positive sign for him," adding, "He really wants to be playing football."
"He hasn't done anything for months and we're being very careful and all that, of course," Carroll said. "But it's a good sign for him."
The best photos from the Seahawks' Tuesday practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in preparation for Sunday's Game against the New York Giants.