News and notes from Pete Carroll's Friday press conference ahead of his team's trip to Pittsburgh.
While Russell Wilson was able to do very limited work in practice the past two days, there was never any thought that the Seahawks' Pro-Bowl quarterback would play a week after having surgery on his right middle finger, and as expected, Wilson was ruled out for Sunday's night's game against Pittsburgh.
And while the move has not been made official yet, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did confirm that Wilson will be placed on injured reserve, meaning he will miss at least three games. Presuming that move happens by Saturday, he would be eligible to return following Seattle's bye for a Week 10 game at Green Bay.
Wilson being ruled out makes it official that he will miss the first game of his 10-year NFL career. Wilson had started 165 consecutive games to start his career, postseason included, and his streak of 149 regular-season starts was the longest active streak by a quarterback in the NFL and the sixth longest by a quarterback in NFL history.
The Seahawks will also be without running back Chris Carson, who was ruled out with a neck injury that already caused him to miss last week's game. Carroll had said early in the week that Carson made a positive turn over the weekend and was hoping to return to practice this week, but he didn't make enough progress to be ready to play, particularly given the nature of the injury.
"He made a really good jump over the weekend and felt way better, but coming out of that, starting to go back to work with it, there's not enough progress made," Carroll said. "So it's better for us to get him back and make sure that we don't rush it back. And so we're going to just take this time—it is a delicate thing, he's got something going on in his neck—so we got to make sure that we do it really well. So we're going to take care of him, it just seems like the right decision. The jump that he made was in his relief and he felt way better and all of that, but not ready to play it."
Carroll said Carson could also end up on injured reserve, though that decision has not yet been made.
"Yeah, we're looking at that," Carroll said.
If Carson misses time beyond this week, the Seahawks should be getting Rashaad Penny back when he's eligible to return from injured reserve next week.
"He's going to be ready to go barring any setbacks, and he's really hungry to play and help us," Carroll said.
Carroll also said rookie cornerback Tre Brown should be back this weekend, though for that to happen, a roster move will have to happen by Saturday to activate him from injured reserve. Even without placing Wilson on injured reserve, the Seahawks have an open roster spot after waiving Tre Flowers earlier this week, so there's room for Brown on the roster.
"He had a really good, solid week," Carroll said… "So he's ready to play and can play in the game."
The Seahawks and the Steelers will meet this Sunday in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field in Week 6 of the 2021 season. Take a look back at photos from the past games between the two teams.