Following the Seattle Seahawks' thrilling 31-25 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football, head coach Pete Carroll shared injury updates about his team.
The Week 9 matchup for Seattle was extremely positive on the health front. Quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who have been playing through injuries in recent weeks, looked at their healthiest.
Wilson, who has been dealing with a knee, ankle and pectoral injury, looked fresh moving in and out of the pocket against the Bills and had one of his best performances of the season (20 of 26 passing for 282 yards and two touchdowns, with one rushing score). Wilson also ran three times for 10 yards.
"I'm so impressed and so thrilled to see what Russell has pulled off to make it through this time to play for his teammates and to play for his team and keep us moving forward and keeps us where we are with a lot of upside ahead of us," Carroll said after the game.
"I felt great out there," Wilson said. "I felt normal as possible and I felt really strong. I felt quick, I felt fast. I didn't try to push it too much, I tried to be smart."
Lockett, who has been battling a knee injury he sustained in Week 2, showed glimpses of the explosive player who shined for the Seahawks down the stretch of last season. The second-year pro took his only kick return 43 yards, and piled up two solid returns in the punt game for 20 yards. Additionally, Lockett broke a sharp 13-yard run on the ground and caught one pass on the day for 17 yards.
But Carroll said there's still more to come from Lockett in the next few weeks.
"He'll be full speed one of these days, too," Carroll said. "He's not quite back yet.
"He was electric tonight and was a big factor in the game, but he's going to be better."
Six players were inactive against the Bills because of injuries, with defensive end Michael Bennett (knee), left tackle Bradley Sowell (knee), tight end Luke Willson (knee), running back Thomas Rawls (fibula), cornerback DeAndre Elliott (hamstring), and strong safety Kam Chancellor (groin) all sidelined. But that number is likely to decrease come next weekend when the Seahawks face the Patriots in New England.
Said Carroll: "Kam's [Chancellor] coming back next week, which is a great boost to us. Michael [Bennett] is only a couple of weeks away now, and Thomas [Rawls] is coming around. Luke [Wilson] will be coming back."
Carroll later clarified Chancellor's availability.
"I'm saying that, he should be fine," Carroll said. "He told me that he's going to make it back. He did a great job in pregame, he was all fired up with the guys, getting them jacked up. He's ready to get in there. But he has to go through the days and survive the days, as we always talk about. But, it's going to be an easy week for him to do that, so I'm counting on him playing."
With eight games left, the Seahawks look to be in position to put together another impressive second half stretch in 2016.
See some of the action from Monday Night Football, Seahawks vs Bills during Week 9 at CenturyLink Field.