Safety Bradley McDougald (knee) and running back Chris Carson (hip) were questionable to play for the Seahawks entering Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, and while both players started the game for Seattle, the safety and running back’s injuries tightened up as the game went on, and both players were held out to start the second half.
“His hip just tightened up at halftime,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said of Carson following his team’s 25-17 defeat at CenturyLink Field. "It tightened up and he couldn’t come back out and get going again.”
On McDougald, who did briefly come back into the game in the fourth quarter after Tedric Thompson had the wind knocked out of him, Carroll said: "His knee that was sore all week long, after he played for quite a while in the game, it just tightened up again and he couldn’t finish.”
Carson has played a major role in the resurgence of the Seahawks’ run game this season, going over 100 yards rushing in three of the last four games he’s played. With Carson out, Seattle turned to Mike Davis as the lead back and also worked in rookie Rashaad Penny. Both players were involved in the run and pass game, with Davis pacing the running back position by gaining 62 yards on the ground and another 45 through the air. But Carson’s absence was felt, Carroll said.
“Chris has been pretty hot lately and he’s been doing a lot of really good things for us and we certainly missed him,” said Carroll.
Delano Hill came in at strong safety for McDougald, and while Carroll was not able to offer a thorough evaluation of Hill’s play immediately following the game, he noted the second-year pro played well in helping the Seattle defense hold the Chargers offense scoreless through the second half (Los Angeles’ only second-half points came on a Russell Wilson interception that was returned for a touchdown).
“I can’t give you any real comments about that, but he held up his own and we played well when he was out there, so that’s a real positive, it's a real plus for us,” Carroll said of Hill. "He’s a good ball player and he just hasn’t had a chance to get out there a lot yet. I’m anxious to see how he did, but I can’t tell you right now.”
Additionally, offensive lineman D.J. Fluker was sidelined late in Sunday’s game with a calf injury. Fluker was replaced at right guard by Joey Hunt.
“His calf tightened up a little bit and I don’t know what that means right now,” Carroll said of Fluker. “But we didn’t want to put him back in there.”
Game action photos from the Seattle Seahawks' 25-17 loss to the Chargers in Seattle in Week 9 of the 2018 NFL season.