The Seahawks host the Rams at Lumen Field on Sunday, and should be getting some players back from injuries, including tight end Greg Olsen. One player who won't make it back this week, or at all this season, is cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who will need season-ending knee surgery, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
Dunbar has dealt with a knee injury for much of the year and was placed on injured reserve last month with hopes he could make it back. He did return to practice two weeks ago, but it was later determined the injury will require surgery.
"Quinton is going to stay on IR," Carroll said. "He's going to get his knee fixed. He just couldn't make the turn. He tried really hard the last couple of weeks and he just can't get over the hump on it. So he's going to get that taken care of, soon I think."
The Seahawks could be getting help at cornerback soon even with Dunbar out, however, as Tre Flowers, who went on injured reserve earlier this month with a hamstring injury, will return to practice this week.
"Tre's coming back to practice today," Carroll said. "He'll be a little limited just numbers wise, but he's coming back to play, so we're really excited that he has a chance to return to us."
As for Olsen, who returned to practice last week, should be able to play Sunday if all goes well in practice.
"Greg's coming back," Carroll said. "He's going to practice this afternoon. He had a really solid week last week, he looked very good. It was really close enough that he had a chance to play last week—it was such a shock that he was so good so soon, that we just didn't want to press our luck on it. So he's back in action this week, and we're really happy to get him back out there. He has to make it to the and all that, as always, but be he's going full-go today."
Carlos Dunlap II, who played last week but has practiced only once, participating in last Friday's practice, in the past three weeks due to a foot injury, is expected to do more this week in practice.
"Carlos is practicing, he starts the week in full mode," Carroll said.
Right tackle Brandon Shell, who has missed three of the past four games with an ankle injury, could return to practice late in the week, but his status for the weekend is not yet known.
"We're going to monitor Brandon until later in the week with the hopes that he can get back on the field by Friday and show some stuff and see if he can compete to play," Carroll said. "We're really pleased with what Cedric (Ogbuehi) did at right tackle, so we feel fortunate that he had a nice game going into this one, but we'll see what happens with Brandon."
The Seahawks could also be adding rookie defensive end Darrell Taylor for a playoff run if all goes well. Carroll said Taylor, who has been on the non-football injury list all season due to a leg injury sustained in college, is going to try to make it back for practice next week.
"He's going to try to practice next week for the first time and he's getting ready to do that," Carroll said. "We'll find out if that in fact can come to life and all, so we'll see. Like I've said all along, we've been waiting and hoping that we could get to this day, he had a lot of consulting that he did to get to that point, saw a number of doctors to make sure that he was confident in what he was doing. So now that we have that behind us, I think he'll get a chance to see if he can jump back sooner than later. We'll be happy to have him,"
Carroll was also asked about receiver Phillip Dorsett II, who has not been able to play this season due to a foot injury, but is trying to work his way back from surgery he had early last month.
"I just saw Phillip in the weight room before the walk thru today, and he's moving around pretty well," Carroll said. "He's out of the boot and trying to make the transition now. I don't know how long it takes from this point, but he's made strides forward that he's at least to that portion of the workout now."
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