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Pete Carroll Shares Injury Updates On K.J. Wright, Nick Vannett, Ed Dickson & More

Much of Pete Carroll’s Tuesday press conference at Virginia Mason Athletic Center carried a solemn mood as questions focused on the passing of Seahawks owner Paul Allen, who died Monday from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Addressing the loss of Allen, Carroll discussed how his team plans to “really maintain the effort and the spirit Paul always stood for,” and reflected on the impact that Allen’s endeavors have had around the world, which you can read more about right here.

But coming off of Seattle’s 27-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders in London, there was also a bit of football talk mixed into Carroll’s Tuesday meeting with the media as the Seahawks set to enjoy their Week 7 bye.

Carroll gave a few updates on injured Seattle players, including linebacker K.J. Wright, tight ends Ed Dickson and Nick Vannett, defensive end Rasheem Green, and running back J.D. McKissic. Here’s a look at what Carroll had to say about his team’s injury situation:

LB K.J. Wright

K.J. Wright has yet to play in a regular-season game this season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in late August, but the Pro Bowl linebacker should be back in the fold soon, Carroll said.

"K.J. has had a couple of really good days too and we think he’s on track for getting back to competing at practice,” said Carroll. "He’ll practice with us and compete to play next week when we return (from the bye week).”

Asked if Wright had any setbacks in his recovery, Carroll added: “Quite a while ago, yes he did. After about Week 3 or so I think it was coming back, we were really going to try to get him back in three or four weeks and there was even talks about two weeks, which sounded crazy to me. He was going for it and he just couldn’t quite turn the corner, so we had to step back a bit. Now he’s back on track again.”

TE Ed Dickson & TE Nick Vannett

Tight end Nick Vannett was inactive for this past weekend’s game in London after a back issue popped up and regressed during the week of practice. 

“He has continuing issues that he’s dealing with,” Carroll said. "He doesn’t have an injury, but he’s got kind of a condition that he’s working with. He’s doing some special work this week and next week to be back. We think he’ll be back, but it is something that we are monitoring all the way along the way.”

Fellow tight end Ed Dickson, meanwhile, has a chance to return to the team next week, Carroll said. Dickson has been on the non-football injury list since the start of the season. 

"Ed Dickson’s in really good shape,” said Carroll. "Knocking on wood and hoping we can make it through, we think he’s going to be able to go coming out next week.”

Worth Noting

  • Carroll said rookie defensive end Rasheem Green will be back following the bye week and is in “good shape” after missing the past three games with an ankle injury. 
  • Running back J.D. McKissic, who was placed on injured reserve in early September and is eligible to return after eight games, is “doing great and as soon as he can come back, he’ll be raring to come back for us,” said Carroll.

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