The Seahawks finished their preseason mostly healthy, which is just one reason why head coach Pete Carroll is optimistic about the upcoming regular season.
“We’re pretty strong going in, pretty healthy,” Carroll said following his team’s 17-13 win in Oakland.
Unfortunately, however, there was one serious injury in the game. Second-year cornerback DeAndre Elliott had to be carted off the field in the second quarter with an air cast on his leg, and Carroll confirmed after the game that Elliott had a broken ankle.
“He dislocated his ankle, he broke his ankle,” Carroll said. “He had a bad break today, unfortunately.”
Elliott, who made the team last year as an undrafted rookie out of Colorado State, appeared in 13 games last season, playing primarily on special teams, though he also saw playing time at cornerback in Weeks 11 and 12 when DeShawn Shead went down with a hamstring injury, then again in the divisional round of the playoffs when Shead suffered a knee injury.
Other than Elliott’s injury, the Seahawks came out of the game relatively healthy for a second straight week.
“Nothing much to speak of,” Carroll said when asked if there were any other injuries. “I think (Demetrius) McCray turned his ankle a little bit, a couple little things, but we were very fortunate again.”
The Seahawks rested almost all of their starters for the final preseason game, a group that included five players who were away from the team this week while receiving Regenonkine treatment.
“The guys who were in the circle, they couldn’t play,” Carroll said, referring to the term he has jokingly used to describe players receiving that procedure. “So we had a number of guys who just weren’t available to us tonight.”
That group, which consisted of Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Michael Wilhoite, Tyler Lockett and Luke Joeckel, is expected to be back this week to prepare for the opener at Green Bay.
2017 Preseason Week 4: Seahawks at Oakland Raiders
Game action photos from the Seahawks' 17-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Week 4 of the 2017 preseason.