The Seahawks came out of Sunday’s 21-20 season-opening win over the Bengals with a few new injuries to report. Cornerback Neiko Thorpe (hamstring), tight end Will Dissly (right knee), and defensive tackle Poona Ford (right calf) all suffered setbacks at CenturyLink Field and were unable to finish Week 1’s contest against Cincinnati.
“Will got hit on the knee a little bit. We’ve got to see what that means,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll began when asked postgame about the trio’s injury status. “Poona had a calf that kind of tightened up, don’t know if it was cramping or not. Those guys didn’t finish the game. Neiko didn’t finish either with a hamstring that bothered him a little bit, so we’ll see what that means.”
Further details on that group’s status for Week 2’s road game against the Steelers should start to emerge as Seattle returns to practice in the next few days. One other player the Seahawks will hope to have in the lineup heading into that game against Pittsburgh is Ziggy Ansah. The former Pro Bowl defensive end was listed as questionable with a shoulder injury for Sunday’s opener against Cincinnati and ultimately held from action. Postgame, Carroll stated the club has the “long haul” in mind when it comes to Ansah’s health.
“He just wasn’t quite ready for this game,” Carroll said. “We’re thinking long haul and we’ll hope that next week will be the week. He practiced throughout the week but just couldn’t quite get it right, so we’ll be asking about it all next week too, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed that he can play next time.”
Additionally, rookie free safety Ugo Amadi took a jarring shot in Sunday's game, colliding with strong safety Bradley McDougald on a play. Amadi came out of the game as a result, but later returned to action.
And while not dealing with a specific injury, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was a limited participant in practice this past week after being acquired in a trade with the Houston Texans. Clowney hadn’t reported to the Texans, so there were questions about how the premier pass rusher would be able to handle a gameday after spending just one week in Seattle’s defense, questions Clowney seemed to answer with his performance against the Bengals.
“He was fine. He felt good about it,” Carroll said of Clowney, who had two tackles, a sack, and a pass defensed in his Seahawks debut. “We really knew we’d have to play it by ear, but I think he had 20-something snaps in the first half which was not really the plan, but we were just out there so much because we didn’t get on offense at all. He’s 26 years old, he’s ready to go and all that. We’ll see. He’ll be pretty sore this week.”
Game action photos from the Seattle Seahawks' regular season opener of 2019 against the Cincinnati Bengals.