Pete Carroll offered more information on the status of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during the Seattle head coach's Monday afternoon press conference at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, expanding on the sprained ankle update he initially delivered on 710 ESPN Seattle earlier that morning.
"He's pretty good. He's not in a boot," Carroll said of Wilson, who had his ankle stepped on by Miami defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in Sunday's 12-10 season-opening win over the Dolphins. "He's walking around and he's practicing on Wednesday and he's planning on playing. We'll see how it goes."
Carroll said Wilson has battled through injuries in the past that the media hasn't known about and "his attitude never flinches, he never wavers, so this is the first time he's really had something that we would consider an injury that you've got to talk about." Carroll added it was a setback that Wilson "almost welcomed the challenge" of at the time, having "an attitude about, 'OK, here we go. I'm going to do this'" as the Seahawks orchestrated a come-from-behind win.
"So that's why I tell you, he's walking around today, you can hardly tell anything's wrong with him," Carroll said. "We'll help him in practice during the week to make sure that we take care of him, but he's planning on playing.
"There's no question in his mind he's not playing. So I'm going to kind of go along with that until I can't."
After the injury occured, Wilson had his ankle worked on by the team's athletic trainers but returned for the next offensive series. He did not miss a play and went on to lead a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter.
"For those people who think negatively about things, they would be surprised," Carroll said. "But just taking it one shot at a time. I was looking over my shoulder to see if he'd come out for the next series, see if he'd get up off the bench. So at first we were really concerned and we'll still be concerned and we'll take care of him and do a really good job of taking care of him through the week. But we're counting on him making it back."
Carroll also reiterated what he said Monday morning in that the Seahawks could consider adding another player at the quarterback spot alongside undrafted rookie Trevone Boykin while Wilson recovers.
"Yeah, we're considering all of that," Carroll said.
Here's a few more personnel updates from Carroll's Monday press conference:
- Rookie running back C.J. Prosise left Sunday's game with a wrist injury. He returned later to play on special teams, but Carroll said he cracked a bone in his hand. "It's not going to keep him where he can't play. We're going to see how well he does with it, though. He'll be wearing something to protect it. So something he can play with. We'll see how that goes."
Rookie offensive lineman Germain Ifedi was inactive against the Dolphins with an ankle injury he sustained in practice last week. But Carroll said Ifedi "has a chance" to play in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams. "He does. But I won't know until late in the week. He has a chance."
Carroll said Jimmy Graham was on a "pitch count" against Miami, the tight end's first game-action since last year's season-ending knee injury. Graham finished with 17 snaps on Sunday, catching one pass for 11 yards. "He was really fired up that he made it through, but he wants to play more. He wants to help, which is great. I say that, he didn't say that, I said that. I know he wants to be a bigger contributor, but he did very well. Blocked well when he had his chances and worked out well. Got him out there, got him started, and now we'll be able to get a lot more play time from him and that'll really help us mix our different personal groups and stuff like that."
Running back Thomas Rawls "came out great" from Sunday's content. Rawls, who was limited through preseason while recovering from the ankle injury that ended his rookie year early, carried 12 times for 32 yards against the Dolphins. Carroll has said Rawls' workload will increase moving forward.
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