Seahawks coach Pete Carroll met with the media and gave a handful of injury updates before his team left for Los Angeles, where they will play the Chargers Saturday night for the second preseason game of 2018.
While he won’t play this week, or next week for that matter, the most encouraging sight during Friday’s practice might have been that of Doug Baldwin running on the side at full speed, or something very close to it. Baldwin, who is dealing with a knee injury, will build up his conditioning the next couple of weeks and Carroll said the Pro-Bowl receiver is still on track to be ready for the regular-season opener.
“He’s going,” Carroll said of Baldwin running. “He’s back to going again here, he’s conditioning to get back in. So next week will be really important to see how far along he comes. Really the fourth week will be the first chance we get to work him really hard, then we’ll see how that goes in terms of that week and heading into the opener. We think he’s going to be fine, but we’d like to have a really good active week next week so the week after that can be a good competitive week, which is short, but we’ll still get after it pretty good.”
As for Saturday’s game, a few players who missed last week’s preseason opener are expected to play, including running back C.J. Prosise, defensive end Frank Clark, cornerback Dontae Johnson and safety Maurice Alexander.
Carroll said Prosise is “ready to go,” and that “We’d like to see him play quite a bit in this game.”
On Clark, who was limited earlier in camp due to offseason wrist surgery, Carroll said, “He’s ready to go. He’s had a great week. He has been battling with Duane (Brown) all week, and he’ll play in the game.”
Carroll said Alexander and Johnson will both be on a pitch count, so to speak, but said, “They’re both going to play if everything goes well in pregame. We’re counting on those guys to get some playtime.”
Cornerback Byron Maxwell was back at practice this week, and the hope is that he’ll play, but his status won’t be determined until Saturday.
“We’ve got to wait until gameday,” Carroll said. “I don’t know. We’re hoping so, but we’ve got to get him on the field and see what happens.”
Receiver Tyler Lockett won’t play, the result of a sore toe, but Carroll said, “he’s fine.”
Recently-signed running back Gerald Holmes won’t play because of a concussion. Nor will receiver Amara Darboh, who is dealing with a hip flexor injury.
The Seahawks and the Chargers have faced one another 50 times in the regular season over the years. They will face off in Seattle on Sunday for their 51st meeting.