The Seahawks head into their Week 3 game against the Panthers with a lengthy injury list, but several of the players listed as questionable to play have a good chance of playing, Pete Carroll said following Friday's practice.
The Seahawks will be without left tackle Charles Cross (toe) and nickel corner Coby Bryant (toe), both of whom have been ruled out, while two other starters, cornerback Riq Woolen (chest) and tight end Will Dissly (shoulder) are listed as doubtful.
Of the seven players listed as questionable, three were full participants in practice, whole two others were limited in practice, and Carroll gave positive updates on several of those players.
Receiver DK Metcalf, who was held out the first two days of practice with a rib injury, was a full participant Friday, and had what Carroll called "a really good today. He busted it all day long. He practiced full, and he looked good today."
Asked if that meant Metcalf would play, Carroll added, "He looked great, I would think so."
Quandre Diggs did not practice due to a hamstring injury and is listed as questionable, but Carroll said the Pro-Bowl safety believes he will play.
"He just had a little bit of a tight hammy, and we wanted to make sure to not expose it, so we're just waiting it out," Carroll said. "But he feels like he's playing."
Fellow starting safety Julian Love is also questionable with a hamstring injury and was limited in practice.
"He did really well today in his workout," Carroll said. "We'll see, we've got to see how (Love and Diggs) respond to the work that they've done."
Carroll gave the same answer for two other players listed as questionable, guard Phil Haynes and nose tackle Jarran Reed, saying both "practiced today, and did well."
DeeJay Dallas was also listed as questionable, having been sent home due to illness.
While safety Jamal Adams, who is getting closer to his 2023 debut, is listed as questionable after practicing all week, Caroll indicated they may give him one more week before his return to game action.
"He practiced really well," Carroll said. "He's as close as he can get to going, and we'll see how this winds up. He'll be in the middle of it next week for sure. I'm really excited for him. He's done a fantastic job of conditioning and being on it so consistently that he's created an opportunity for him to get back here."
On Woolen, who left last week's game due to a chest injury, Carroll indicated the Pro-Bowl cornerback has a good shot at making it back next week: "Riq is getting really close, he has run hard and all of that, we'll see what happens here. The week isn't over yet. But I would really think we could count on him next week. We'll see what happens on the weekend."
Dissly, who has a shoulder injury, "is in the middle of the rehab for this deal," Carroll said. While Dissly is unlikely to play Sunday, Carroll said injured reserve is not a consideration, meaning it isn't a long-term concern.
Cross, who will miss a second straight game with a toe injury, continues to make good progress and has a shot to get back next week.
"He's very upbeat about it, feels way different than he did, so he's truly on the road to recovery," Carroll said. "The treatment and the stuff they're doing is working, so he's very confident about that. Next week will be interesting to see where he is, see how far he's come back."
Bryant, who has been Seattle's nickel corner the past two games, has a different, and less serious toe injury than the one that sidelined him during camp.
"It's not the same, it's on his other foot," Carroll said. "It's a little bit of a different injury, and it's not nearly as severe as the other one, but something happened there, so we're going to take care of him."
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