The Seahawks are getting ready to host the Cowboys in their second of three preseason games, and while it is not yet known which, if any, healthy players will take the evening off—most of Seattle's starters were held out last week—there are several players dealing with injuries or working their way back from injuries who aren't yet ready for game action.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave a rundown of the team's injury situation following Thursday's practice.
Linebacker Jordyn Brooks came off the PUP list this week but so far is only taking part in walkthroughs, a process similar to the one Seattle followed with Noah Fant and Riq Woolen, both of whom are practicing now.
"It's worked out really well," Carroll said of Brooks' first couple days back. "It's so good to see him out there getting in the huddle and making the calls, as opposed to standing on the sideline. Kenny Walker (III) too. Kenny got into practice today and was going, which was great. It just brings these guys back into the fold. They all want to be out there. They all want to learn and get their stuff right. It's a good step in the process."
Asked if Brooks will be ready for practice next week, Carroll said, "I don't know yet. I have to check with the doctors."
Rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon is still out with a hamstring injury, though Carroll said the first-round pick is now "running some" and will be reassessed next week when the team gets back to work following Saturday's game.
"It would look like the middle of next week or something like that would be a time where he might be able to do a lot more," Carroll said. "If he gets through the weekend and comes back out of it and can get back to work probably Wednesday or Thursday or something like that. He might do a lot more."
Fellow 2023 draft pick Olu Oluwatimi is dealing with an elbow injury, and Carroll said they don't yet know if he'll play Saturday night.
"I don't know about that yet, let's wait and see," he said. "We're going to take every day to make sure he's okay. We held him out of action today, we've got to get him back going again so, I'm not sure about that yet. If he's capable he's going to play, we need him out there."
Receiver Easop Winston Jr., who had a touchdown catch in last week's win over the Vikings, has what Carroll called, "a groin thing that's bothering him. He practiced with it, but we felt like if he goes again, it's going to be something that is ongoing. We pulled him out. It's not bad at all."
Linebacker, fullback and special teams standout Nick Bellore was out Thursday for an undisclosed reason, and Carroll said, "He's going to be out for a couple of days."
Undrafted rookie receiver Matt Landers, who had a touchdown catch against the Vikings, was out Thursday due to a quadricep injury that happened late in what was a good practice for him a day earlier.
"He had a quad thing that bothered him at the very end of practice yesterday," Carroll said. "I haven't heard of the results of the MRI. They didn't let him go today, so we'll see. He had a terrific day yesterday, unfortunately, he didn't finish it."
Safety Joey Blount, who injured his back earlier in camp after landing hard on the ground trying to intercept a pass, is back to jogging, Carroll said, adding, "I would bet by the end of next week, he should be out here. I'm not really the doctor or calling the shots, but that's what I think."
Running back Bryant Koback, who played well in last week's game, has been out this week with what Carroll called "a slight sprain. He's getting around okay, and feels okay about it, it isn't serious. But it did swell up enough where we just had to hold back. It's too bad too. He really did well in the first game and had a terrific first couple of weeks."
Asked about nose tackle Bryan Mone, who is on the PUP list, the result of a torn ACL suffered last season, Carroll said, "He's still making progress; he hasn't made a jump yet that we'd go 'He's looking like he is on his way back right now,' hasn't made that jump yet. He's worked hard at it, it's not out of the realm of possibility in the next month or so he may come back out. We're hoping. It could really be in the next three weeks, two weeks maybe he can make the jump. He's not ready yet, he's doing stuff. He's moving around, he's pushing sleds, he's doing a lot of stuff, but isn't quite over the hump yet."
The Seahawks practice in at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash. on Aug. 16, 2023.