The Seahawks have three players listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but head coach Pete Carroll expressed optimism that all three—left tackle Duane Brown, left guard Damien Lewis and running back Alex Collins—will all be able to play.
Brown, who did not practice Friday, has a non-COVID illness and is "under the weather, not feeling great," Carroll said. "He was in meetings today, then we took care of him out here again. He should be fine, he's just feeling lousy."
Collins, who was also questionable last week due to a groin injury before playing against the Saints, did practice Friday.
"Alex worked today, looked pretty good," Carroll said. "I think we've got him as questionable, but he looks like he's going to make it. He actually said he felt as good yesterday as he did last week when he played, so he should be OK."
Lewis, who missed last week's game with a shoulder injury, is hopeful he will be able to return this weekend.
"Damien practiced today and made it through it and did OK," Carroll said. "He's going to still be questionable just because we've got to make sure on gameday, but other than that, he looks like he's playing. He's saying he's going, so that's a good sign."
Defensive end Darrell Taylor, who missed last week's game with a neck injury, does not have a game-status designation on the final injury report, meaning he's good to go.
"He's really excited to play and had a really upbeat week," Carroll said. "He knows that he missed out last time and he wants to make up for it. I just want him to play good and get a lot of plays in, but it's great to have him back."
Also off the final injury report is right tackle Brandon Shell, who came out of last week's game late in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.
"He practiced today, so that was a really good sign," Carroll said. "We held him out for a couple of days, then he got out there today and he made it through."
As for players looking to get back from injured reserve, Carroll said receiver Dee Eskridge should be back after the bye, while there are still no timelines for Russell Wilson and Chris Carson to return.
"He's come back raring to go," Carroll said of Eskridge. "It looks like he'll be ready to play after the bye. He's able to work out and go for it and push and all that kind of stuff. He feels great. Everything is really positive, so barring and kind of setbacks or something, once we get back—he'll be going home over the break, working out there—then we get back, we really expect him to be able to go."
On Wilson, Carroll said the quarterback has not yet had the pin removed from his surgically-repaired finger, but that he's a head of schedule.
"He's pretty positive," Carroll said. "He's feeling really good. His finger looks great, all the stitches out and that kind of stuff. He looks great. So he's making all of the strides that he should be making way ahead of schedule, so we'll see what that means."
On Carson, Carroll said, "No updates about him coming back at any time that we can predict at this moment. So we've just got to wait it out."
Asked if there's a chance Carson won't be able to play again this season, Carroll said, "He's got to make a turn here to show us that he's feeling better and good enough to really go for it. He hasn't been able to come out to practice yet and go… You're going to say, 'Well is he going to make back?' I'm not ready to do that yet, but really keeping my fingers crossed for him that he gets a chance to get back and play. He's working out hard, but he's not ready to practice football yet."
Safety Marquise Blair, who fractured his patella on Monday night, had surgery this week and will miss the season, Carroll said earlier in the week. On the surgery and recovery, Carroll said, "He had his surgery and everything went really well. It's somewhat of a long recovery, but they were able to fix the fractured patella. It's going to be a while, he's been through it and he's a warrior about getting back, so he'll make it back. This won't be one he can't get back from, he'll make it back from this."
In non-injury news, Carroll declined to say who will start at center or left cornerback, two positions that have ongoing competition going on in practice. At cornerback, Sidney Jones IV has been the starter since replacing Tre Flowers in the lineup, but he has split time the past two games with rookie Tre Brown. Kyle Fuller has been the starting center all season, but Ethan Pocic, last year's starter, is back from injured reserve and Carroll said Pocic got a lot of work this week and is in position to play, though again, he didn't say who will start.
Also unknown at this point is who will serve as the backup quarterback to Geno Smith. Jake Luton has had the role the last two weeks after being elevated from the practice squad, but because he has been elevated twice, he would have to be added to the 53-man roster in order to be the backup again on Sunday. The other option is Jacob Eason, who was claimed off waivers last week.
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