Following the Seahawks' 33-27 loss to the Saints in Week 3 at CenturyLink Field, Pete Carroll shared a handful of injury updates during his postgame press conference, a recap that unusually included an account of a setback the Seattle head coach had suffered himself. Fans watching on television or glancing at the stadium's video boards may have caught a glimpse of bandages covering Carroll's nose, the result of taking a football to the face during pregame warmups.
"It would have been a pretty good story that I head-butted Bobby (Wagner) in pregame getting fired up in the locker room, but I heard that they captured it on film," Carroll said when asked about his injury. "I just got smacked in the nose with a football, last play of warmups, and I didn't see it coming."
Moving to Seattle's players, safety Bradley McDougald (ankle) and offensive lineman Duane Brown (arm) were each injured in the second half and announced in the press box as questionable to return. Carroll said Brown, whose injury came in the fourth quarter, could have returned to the game if necessary.
"He could have gone back in," Carroll said of the Seahawks left tackle. "He did have a little upper arm strain that we've got to figure out what that is. That's as far as we know right now. It's very early."
McDougald's exit, meanwhile, was short-lived. The veteran defensive back was replaced briefly by rookie Marquise Blair before returning to action on the following defensive series.
Also worth noting, trainers attended to linebacker K.J. Wright after he was shaken up on Saints running back Alvin Kamara's 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Wright was able to finish the game, totaling 13 tackles in the process, and in the locker room postgame stated he had the wind knocked out of him on that play.
Second-year running back Rashaad Penny was inactive for Sunday's game due to a hamstring injury sustained during the past week of practice, and Carroll said Penny could return to practice later this week.
"He ran well in pregame, so he'll have a chance by Thursday, probably, to show us how he's doing," said Carroll. "We won't rush it along."
Finally, as noted pregame, receiver David Moore, who missed the Seahawks' first two games with a shoulder injury, and defensive tackle Poona Ford, who missed last week with a calf injury, were both active against the Saints. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who was held out for the first two games due to injury, made his Seahawks debut.