The Seahawks hit the road again this weekend, traveling to Detroit for what will already be their fifth road game of the season.
“No surprise, we’re going on the road again,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, whose team has played only two home games thus far. “We’ve been familiar with the road, and we’re going to try to make a good showing in Detroit. This is a nice football team, they’re really coming around and playing good ball, they really played great last week, and we’re going to have to play really good football across the board to make sure that we have a chance.”
While the Seahawks would love to get back to CenturyLink Field again, they do at least travel this week knowing they’re about as healthy as they’ve been all season.
Back this week are linebacker K.J. Wright and tight end Ed Dickson, both of whom missed the first six games, Wright while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, and Dickson spending the first six weeks on the reserve/non-football injury list, the result of a couple different soft-tissue injuries that kept him out of training camp.
On Wright, Carroll said, “He’s in good shape. He made it through and we’re excited about him playing.”
Asked what kind of role Dickson could have in his first game as a Seahawk, Carroll said, “We’re going to be careful. He has worked really hard to get back, much more so than a regular guy coming off a rehab, because he’s had time to do that, so he’s ahead of what most guys would be conditioning wise. So we’ll just kind of monitor it as we go—we’ve got kind of a thought in mind—but we’re looking for him to be involved, so we’ll just see how he handles it during the game.”
Defensive end Dion Jordan, who missed Seattle’s last game with a knee injury, practiced all week and is ready to go, Carroll said. Fellow defensive end Rasheem Green, who missed the past three games with an ankle injury, returned to practice this week and is listed as questionable.
“He did well,” Carroll said of Green’s week. “We’re going to take him all the way to game time, just got to make sure he’s ready to go. But he’s close enough that he should really be in consideration to play.”
Cornerback Neiko Thorpe, a key special teams contributor, is doubtful, the result of a groin injury sustained in Thursday’s practice. Also doubtful is backup guard Jordan Simmons.
For the Lions, two defensive starters, linebacker Jarrad Davis and Pro-Bowl defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, are questionable after being limited in Friday’s practice. Ansah, who has a shoulder injury, has missed the past five games. Reserve running back Theo Riddick has been ruled out with a knee injury.
Here are the full injury reports for both teams:
CB Neiko Thorpe (groin, did not participate in practice)
G Jordan Simmons (calf, did not participate in practice)
DE Rasheem Green (ankle, full participation in practice)
RB Theo Riddick (knee, did not participate in practice)
DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder, limited participation in practice)
LB Jarrad Davis (calf, limited participation in practice)
Starting with Sunday's game against the Lions in Detroit, the Seahawks will wear a patch on their jerseys honoring club owner Paul G. Allen, who died last week from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.