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Russell Wilson Ready To Go vs. Packers; Chris Carson Won't Play

Injury updates from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll ahead of his team’s trip to Green Bay.


Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed on Friday what was largely assumed as soon as Russell Wilson was medically cleared to return to practice on Monday.

Wilson is officially back, and he will start Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

"He had a terrific week, he really did," Carroll said. "And you could see him just feel a little bit better as the week went on, but he really didn't hold anything back. He finished great the last couple of days, and he's ready to go."

Carroll isn't expecting to see a different version of Wilson despite the fact that the quarterback is coming off the first missed games of his career, and is only a month removed from surgery.

"I expect him to go just like he always plays," Carroll said. "I don't expect anything different. Not a thing different."

If there is any concern at all about Wilson, it would be that he's a little overly excited having never before missed games during his career, but Carroll is confident he'll handle that aspect of his return fine as well.

"He's pretty hungry to play football, now," Carroll said. "He missed it, so we've got to make sure that he stays clear and all that about this opportunity. If anything, I'm just worried that he's too excited and too amped up, but he'll be fine. Really, I'm just so impressed with how this thing has worked out, and that he's gotten us to this point, and really fired up to see him play football."

Also expected back this weekend is rookie receiver Dee Eskridge, who has been out since suffering a concussion in the season opener.

"He had a great week," Carroll said. "He did everything to be included in the plan. We can use him as we want to. He really had a great week and looked terrific."

The news is less positive, however, when it comes to running back Chris Carson, who also returned to practice this week after missing the past four games with a neck injury. Carson was able to practice Wednesday and Thursday, Carroll said, but was held out of Friday's practice and won't play in Sunday's game.

"He did not practice today, and we've made the decision that we're going to hold him out this week," Carroll said. "He worked hard on Wednesday and Thursday, and we just don't feel like it's time yet, so we're going to keep him out."

Asked if Carson had a setback to his neck injury, Carroll said, "We just don't think that it's time to do it yet. He just hasn't had enough time to really evaluate it. He had two good, hard days, and just didn't quite clear it enough. He's dying to play and all that, but we just need to make sure we're doing the right things, so we're going to take care of him this week and we'll see what happens next week."

The Seahawks will have to make a roster move by Saturday afternoon in order to add Wilson and Eskridge back to the 53-man roster. One obvious move would be to place safety Marquise Blair, who had season-ending knee surgery before the bye, on injured reserve.

The Seahawks will also be without linebacker Cody Barton, who has a quadriceps injury. Barton was initially listed as questionable on the report that came out before practice had ended—the league requires teams to submit Friday's injury report by 1 p.m. PT regardless of whether or not they've finished that day's practice—but Carroll said after practice that Barton won't be making the trip to Green Bay.

The Seahawks have cornerback Bless Austin listed as out with a personal matter, and he won't make the trip, Carroll said. Starting defensive tackle Al Woods is listed as questionable after not practicing Friday, also due to a personal matter, but he will make the trip, and Carroll said when asked the likelihood of him playing, "The likelihood, I think you could say it's good."

Photos from Seahawks practice on Wednesday, November 10 at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.

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