The Seahawks head to Carolina with a pretty healthy and well-rested team having played on Thursday night last week, but they do have one significant question mark, with receiver Doug Baldwin listed as questionable with a groin injury.
“It has been a really good week,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We’ve taken advantage of the fact that we played Thursday night. Guys feel good, they feel strong, and we’re going to try to take advantage of that if we can. We’re going to need it.”
Baldwin, who had been on the injury report earlier this season with a groin injury that did not keep him out of any games, will be a game-day decision after not practicing Friday, Carroll said.
“We’re going to work him out in pregame and make sure he’s OK,” Carroll said. “We’ve got him as questionable right now.”
Carroll noted that Baldwin did run on Friday, though he did not practice. The injury comes on the heels of Baldwin finally feeling healthy after dealing with knee injuries dating back to training camp.
“It popped up the day that I said that he’s the best he has felt all year,” Carroll said. “The groin kind of acted up on him a little bit, so I’m not going to say that again.”
Linebacker K.J. Wright will miss a second straight game with a knee injury.
“We’re going to keep working on it,” Carroll said. “There’s a couple of things we’re going to do, it’ll probably take him another week.”
Carroll didn’t confirm that Austin Calitro will start at weakside linebacker in Wright’s place, but said “There’s a good chance that that could happen.” Calitro spent most of last week’s game playing that spot in place of Wright.
Cornerback Neiko Thorpe, one of Seattle’s top special teams players, is back this week after missing the last four games with a groin injury.
“It’s great to have Neiko back,” Carroll said. “Neiko has been a leader, particularly on special teams, since he arrived. His attitude and the personality he brings, the effort and the playmaking have always been outstanding, so we love getting him back.”
Defensive end Dion Jordan is also back after missing last week’s game with a knee injury, and Carroll said the week off served Jordan well: “He looked really good. This has helped him out. The way we did it helped him out. He had a good week of practice.”
Running back J.D. McKissic had a good first week back at practice, Carroll said, but won’t be added to the roster off of injured reserve for this weekend’s game.
“He looked great,” Carroll said. “Really, he looked really quick and on it. He jumped right into doing his stuff and his assignments and all that, but it just doesn’t make sense for us to try to do it in one week’s time, so we’ll go next week and take a look at him again, and anticipate that he’s going to be in pretty good shape and pretty close to going the next week. So we’ll wait and see, but he looked terrific.”
The Panthers also have a short injury report, with one starting receiver, Devin Funchess (back), listed as doubtful, and another, Torrey Smith (knee), listed as questionable.
LB K.J. Wright (knee, did not participate in practice)
WR Doug Baldwin (groin, did not participate in practice)
WR Devin Funchess (back, did not participate in practice)
WR Torrey Smith (knee, limited participation in practice)
The Seahawks and the Panthers have faced off 12 times, including three postseason matchups. The Seahawks currently own eight wins in the series and will play the Panthers again this Sunday in Week 12 of the 2018 NFL season.