The Seahawks will head to Minnesota this weekend looking to bounce back from their Week 2 loss to the Titans, and history says they have a really good shot to do just that. Since 2012, the Seahawks are a league-best 34-9 coming off of a loss, and the way Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sees it, it's no coincidence that run of bounce-back success began with the arrival of Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner.
"I think there are two reasons. There's Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner, those guys have been there all of that time," Carroll said. "They've been the leaders and focal point guys. They have been the consistent thread that has run all throughout it. We have a way and they fortify the message, but it's their leadership that I feel is why we have been fortunate to have those guys."
As for the injury news of the day, the Seahawks will be without three players, with right tackle Brandon Shell (ankle), receiver Dee Eskridge (concussion), running back Rashaad Penny (calf) all ruled out. Additionally, linebacker Benson Mayowa, who was a limited participant in practice the past two days, is questionable with a neck injury.
Asked about Eskridge and if he could return next week, Carroll said, "We will talk about it next week. I don't have anything to update you on. We'll know more by Wednesday or so of next week. I'm hoping he will be on his way back."
The hope, Carroll said, is that Penny and Shell can also return quickly from their injury. Asked if Shell's injury would only keep him out one game, Carroll said, "I hope so. I hope it's just a one-week situation with his ankle. We won't know, again, until late next week."
With Shell out, the Seahawks will likely turn to Jamarco Jones, who replaced Shell in the game last weekend, but another option Carroll mentioned this week is rookie Jacke Curhan.
Asked about Jones, Carroll said, "Jamarco has always done well when he's stepped in, and played a number of spots for us. The versatility has really made him valuable to us. He's really smart, he knows the system really well, and he's really accountable. He'll do a nice job for us."
The Seahawks are getting back defensive tackle Bryan Mone, who missed last week's game with an elbow injury after being a standout in Week 1.
"There's no doubt that we missed him last week," Carroll said. "He's such a load in the middle, he played so well early. He's been really consistent for us. We did miss him last week. I'm thrilled to tell you he is playing, and he'll be ready to go. He's just one of the heart and soul guys in the program and everybody's favorite, and he plays so darn hard. He'll be a great boost to us. He'll help Al (Woods) and Poona (Ford) inside and keep the rotation alive like we started of the season. Hopefully we'll get to see a good deal of him and a good rotation with that."
In non-injury personnel news, the Seahawks will be without defensive passing game coordinator Andre Curtis for personal reasons. His duties will be handled by DeShawn Shead.
Asked about Curtis' absence, Carroll said, "He's dealing with a non-COVID related situation here. He just had to get looked at and needed a couple days to make sure he was in good shape and OK. He sounds great and sounds fine. He'll be back with us on Monday."
Carroll was also asked about the ESPN report that receiver Josh Gordon, who last played for the Seahawks in 2019, has been reinstated by the league, and if Seattle would have interest in bringing Gordon back.
"I'm not going to say much about that; I haven't heard all of that yet," Carroll said. "But I've always thought a lot of Josh and had a feeling for him. He has been a local kid, he's been around the area and stuff. We'll see what happens, but just like everybody deserves another chance, hopefully that's what's going on. That would be great for him."
Carroll was asked if, when Seattle released a then-suspended Gordon so he could sign with the Fan Controlled Football league, there were conversations about him someday returning to Seattle if reinstated by the NFL.
"I've never not talked about that with Josh," he said. "I've always been on that topic for him. I'm sorry but I don't have enough information to say much of anything at this point, I've always felt that way, so we will see what happens."
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