Season-ending injuries to defensive end Cliff Avril, strong safety Kam Chancellor, and cornerback Richard Sherman have tested the Seahawks' depth in recent weeks, and depending on how a few more key personnel are able to respond throughout this week, that depth could be tested even further when Seattle welcomes the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams to CenturyLink Field this Sunday. But as Pete Carroll noted during his Wednesday press conference, the Seahawks are counting on the talent they have to step up if needed.
"We've been under before, many times, so this doesn't seem much different," said Carroll. "We're not taking it any different, our approach isn't any different. Next guy up and away we go. The guys have to rally around those guys as they step in."
Here's more of what the Seattle head coach had to say Wednesday about the team's injury situation:
Bobby Wagner & K.J. Wright
Seattle's pair of Pro Bowl linebackers was hit with injuries this past weekend, as Bobby Wagner left Sunday's loss to the Jaguars with a hamstring injury and K.J. Wright exited shortly thereafter with a concussion.
"K.J.'s in the protocol and that's up to the (doctors)," Carroll said of Wright's Week 15 status before adding, "Bobby's going to go all the way through the week as he has the last couple weeks, so we'll have to wait and see."
On Wagner, Carroll expanded a bit, noting, "He's very upbeat and very positive. He's planning on getting ready. That's what he's doing."
More information on Wagner and Wright's availability for Sunday's game against the Rams should come as the team distributes its daily practice reports, as well as when Carroll meets with the media on Friday, a day the team will also submit its gameday status report to the NFL.
Mike Davis & Dion Jordan
Running back Mike Davis, who left this past weekend's game in Jacksonville with a rib injury, and defensive end Dion Jordan, who's missed the last three games with a neck injury, are both set to practice Wednesday, Carroll said.
Rookie defensive tackle Nazair Jones, who has been sidelined the past two games with an ankle injury, wasn't ready to practice Wednesday, Carroll said.
"He's still in rehab mode here," said Carroll. "We've got to see if something shifts by the end of the week. He won't go today."
Cornerback DeShawn Shead, who injured his ACL during last season's playoff run, "really survived his first week back" at practice last week, Carroll said.
"This week and next week will be his two weeks to really get going," said Carroll. "We're just looking for indications of how far along he's come. He's able to go, he's running fast, he's working hard, but each day of practice is really big for him. So we don't have much time to take, but we'll take all that we can to figure this out."
After suffering a setback in his return from an early-season leg injury that landed him on injured reserve, Carroll said rookie running back Chris Carson is back to running again this week.
"He's running and doing all the rehab stuff," Carroll said. "I don't know if he would have had a chance to be able to practice this week anyway, but we were entertaining the thought. So that probably goes to next week is how we would think of it. That's how I'm thinking of it, I've got to talk to the trainers about that, but I'm trying to push him along. There was a bit of a setback, but he's back working again, so it wasn't that big of a deal. But still, we were hoping to have none of those in the process."
Team photographer Rod Mar shares exclusive behind-the-scenes images from the Seahawks' 30-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road in Week 14 at EverBank Field.