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Pete Carroll Shares Injury Updates From Seahawks' 36-31 Loss at Rams

There were few new injuries reported from the Seahawks’ 36-31 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but Seattle head coach Pete Carroll did provide a handful of noteworthy personnel updates on players who are continuing to deal with and play through a variety of setbacks.  

Running back Chris Carson (hip) and guard D.J. Fluker (calf) were both inactive for the Seahawks on Sunday. Carroll said both players could have played, but with a short week coming up because of Thursday night’s Seahawks game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field, the decision was made to hold the duo out in hopes of getting them right for Week 11 and beyond. 

“He’s close,” Carroll said of Carson. "He would have been like he was last week, a little bit better probably, but he didn’t make it through the game last week, so we’ve just got to get him healthy. Coming up with a Thursday night game we thought let’s see if we can get him right so that he can go Thursday, then there will be 10 days after that game (before the next game). There’s a couple guys in that same mode. 

"Same thing with D.J.,” Carroll added. "He could have played maybe today, but he probably wouldn’t have finished, so then where are we for Thursday? So with this game (against the Packers) and then the big break coming up after that, we’re trying to take full advantage of that.” 

Safety Bradley McDougald (knee), who was questionable to play in Week 10, was active and started Sunday’s game against the Rams. McDougald shared snaps throughout the game with second-year pro Delano Hill and came out of the game feeling OK, Carroll said.

"He came out of the game really well and feeling good, so that’s a real positive for us,” Carroll said of McDougald’s status. "He really talked us into it during the end of the week that he was going to be OK, he felt a lot better and the fact that he made it through is a big plus. Even coming up with a short week I think that he has a chance to be OK.”

Carroll said the Seahawks would be comfortable going with Hill in McDougald’s place as needed going forward.

“The other side of it is Delano Hill has got a lot of work now,” Carroll said. "He’s ready to go. He can play. We’re better in preparation because we’ve had to bring him along, so either way we’re going to be all right.”

Linebacker K.J. Wright (knee), meanwhile, started Sunday’s game against the Rams but wasn’t able to finish. Wright was listed as questionable to play heading into the weekend.

“He just didn’t feel great once he got going,” said Carroll. 

Additionally, linebacker Shaquem Griffin and defensive back Akeem King were evaluated for concussions during Sunday’s game after colliding into each other while covering a punt in the second quarter. Both players later returned.

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