One of the injuries announced in-game for the Seahawks in Thursday night’s 27-24 win over the Packers was to rookie running back Rashaad Penny, who in the first half was questionable to return with an ankle injury.
“He twisted his ankle on a run,” Carroll explained of Penny, who came back into the game and finished with eight carries for 46 yards, including an impressive 30-yard gain where he evaded multiple Packers defenders. "He kind of came down on it funny and he kind of lost some chances to get back in there for a while because we weren’t sure how serious it was. But they taped it up and he felt pretty good about it, so he got back in there and did fine. But he missed a couple (opportunities) in there that he would have gotten, I think, if that hadn’t happened. He looked good. He looked really explosive again.”
Other than the setback for Penny, Carroll said his team came out of the primetime matchup in good health.
“Thankfully we came out in really good shape,” Carroll said. "We made it through the game and for a Thursday night challenge we came out in really good shape. We’ll see how the guys come back next week, but I was thrilled. There was nothing on the report.”
The Seahawks will now get a long weekend off ahead of the team’s Week 12 road game against the Carolina Panthers. Carroll said the extra days off this weekend will be beneficial to the players who missed Thursday’s game to injury, a list that included linebacker K.J. Wright (knee), defensive end Dion Jordan (knee), safety Delano Hill (quadriceps), and cornerback Neiko Thorpe (groin).
"Thrilled about that,” Carroll said of the extra days off aiding the health of his club. "A couple of guys that missed the game because they were banged up will be in the fight this time around coming back. … Delano Hill, he’ll get back and that’ll be great to have him back out there. That’ll help.”
On Wright specifically, Carroll added, "We’re trying to get his knee back where he really feels confident that he can get back and stay back. So we’re going to take time, whatever time it takes, to check that out and make a decision on giving him an opportunity. The whole time we were pressing for a really quick return and he was going for it and we were going for it, the (doctors) were going for it and all, and it just, maybe it was too much too soon, but we found out that he did everything he could. He’s been awesome and he did everything he could to get back. Now we’re just going to figure it out and make sure that we give him a shot to come back full go.”
Seeing action in Wright’s place against the Packers was Austin Calitro, who had five tackles and recorded half a sack in the win.
“Austin did a nice job,” Carroll said. "He’s played enough football now and for the next guy to go in at that spot he’s the most experienced guy and that’s really what gives him the advantage right now. He’s a good ball player and doing some nice stuff, but he’s the most experienced guy playing the spot so we feel like we can get the most consistent work out of him. Shaquem’s (Griffin) banging at it trying to get in there too, but that’s the way we’ve decided to go.”
Meanwhile, running back J.D. McKissic, who the Seahawks placed on injured reserve at the start of the season, will return to practice next week, Carroll said.
“J.D. McKissic’s going to come back to practice this week for the first time,” said Carroll. “So he’ll have a chance to see what he can do to make (the running back rotation) more confusing and challenging, but that’s a good thing.”
Additionally, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who was suspended by the NFL, is eligible to return to Seahawks headquarters this week, Carroll said.
“Mychal can be around starting today,” said Carroll. "He’s got two weeks that he can prepare and then in the third week he can play. So we’ll welcome Mychal back. He did a real nice job for us and I know for his own personal world it’ll be great for him to be back working with the guys.”
Game action photos from the Seahawks' 27-24 win against the Green Bay Packers in Week 11 of the 2018 NFL season.