The Seahawks are off to Oakland for their preseason finale against the Raiders, and before the team left for the airport, head coach provided a few health updates on his team.
Most notably, running backs Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, who have both missed the past two preseason games, are healthy enough to play, though Carroll didn't specify if either actually will.
Rawls, who has been dealing with an ankle injury, returned to practice this week, and Carroll said, "Thomas can go." Carroll gave the same answer on Prosise, who returned to practice this week from a groin injury, saying "He can go also."
The news is also positive on defensive end Frank Clark, who saw a specialist this week about a wrist injury.
"The results of that came out really positive," Carroll said. "He's got a sore wrist, a legitimate sprained wrist. He's got some old stuff that kind of caused the soreness, but he'll be fine. We won't play him this week, but he could play this week. We'll keep him out and he'll be ready to go next week."
Linebacker D.J. Alexander, who has missed the first three preseason games, will make his Seahawks debut Thursday. Alexander, who was acquired in a trade that sent Kevin Pierre-Louis to Kansas City, will see time not just at linebacker, but on special teams, where he was a Pro Bowler last season.
"He's going to play," Carroll said. "I'm real anxious to get him out there. I was real fired up when we had the chance to acquire him because of the magnitude he brings on special teams first. He'll play some linebacker as well, but I'm anxious to just get him out there on the field with our guys. This is the first chance he's had. He had a good week, and we'll play him like it's the first game for him, but I'm really anxious to see him."
While Tyler Lockett isn't expected to play Thursday, he still has a good chance to play in next week's regular-season opener. And even though Lockett is coming off of a serious leg injury, Carroll said the receiver and All-Pro return man will be used on special teams when he is back.
"If Lock's ready to go, he'll be involved in special teams," Carroll said. "We'll see next week where we are. If he's back, he's back, and we think he's going to be."
Photos of the Seahawks playing the Raiders throughout their 40 year history.