The Seahawks should get a few key players back for this week’s Wild Card playoff game in Dallas, but also have a couple of question marks heading into that game, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday on 710 ESPN Seattle.
Among those expected back after not playing in Sunday’s win over the Cardinals is right guard D.J. Fluker, who was active for the game but held out to rest the hamstring injury that kept him out of two games earlier in December. Fluker’s return not only solidifies things at right guard, but also allows Germain Ifedi, who played right guard on Sunday, to go back to right tackle, which in turn allows George Fant, who started at right tackle, to go back to his role of sixth lineman/big tight end.
“Fluke will practice all week and is ready to go,” Carroll said. “He could have played this game, he was chirping to start and all that, but we thought because he didn’t practice last week that it would be better to save him one more time. So he’ll be ready to practice all week long. He’s back. That would move Ifedi back to tackle, and Fant back to tight end in all those special situations.”
The status of guard J.R. Sweezy, meanwhile, likely won’t be known until the end of the week. Sweezy, who left Seattle’s Week 16 win over Kansas City with a foot injury, will try to make it back despite having what Carroll last week said is normally a three-to-four week injury.
“Sweez had a good report this morning, but it’s still going to be a game-day decision for him,” Carroll said. “Like I said, it’s a three or four week recovery that he’s going to do in two, so we’ll see if he can pull that off.”
Also unclear as of now is the status of starting left cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who left Sunday’s game with what Carroll called a minor ankle sprain after the game.
“We’ve got to wait and see on that one,” Carroll said. “It was OK coming out of the game, but this morning he was pretty stiff, so we have to wait and see. Along with that though, Akeem (King) did a nice job. He got whipped on the one play down there on the play-pass (touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald), but all in all he played good football. He has been playing well, and if that’s the way we went, the style of play and everything would stay the same.”
Two other players who did not play on Sunday—defensive end Dion Jordan and safety Tedric Thompson—are expected back, Carroll said.
On Jordan, Carroll said, “He’ll be ready to go. He was just banged up from the week before, and we thought it would benefit him to stay out and get right. He has been nursing a knee all year long, so he’ll be back to full speed.”
Carroll said Thompson, who has missed the past two games with ankle and chest injuries, “Should be fine, he should be ready to go.”
Even with Thompson back, the Seahawks could look for ways to get Delano Hill on the field after liking what they saw from him in a starting role.
“Delano has played really good ball,” Carroll said. “He’s still young and there’s some plays that get away from him, but his toughness and his aggressive style—he has always been a great tackler. When we took him, we thought he was clearly the best tackler in the draft, and he showed it again yesterday. So we’ll see. It’s a good problem. We’d love to have Tedric back out there too.”
Game action photos from the Seahawks' 27-24 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17 of the 2018 NFL season.