Seahawks coach Pete Carroll met with the media prior to Wednesday's practice, and among other things, he provided the latest injury updates on his team ahead of Sunday's game at Arizona.
Perhaps most significant is the news that Pro Bowl defense end Michael Bennett is expected to practice Wednesday just three days after leaving Seattle's win over the Falcons with a knee injury.
Tight end Luke Willson, on the other hand, wasn't as fortunate with his knee injury in that game, but all things considered, he came out in pretty good shape. Willson had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday, but isn't expected to be out long.
"Luke had surgery yesterday, and I think he's going to make a miraculous return," Carroll said. "He's as upbeat as you can imagine. It was very, very minimal stuff they had to do to him, everybody was really pleased about that, so we're really kind of expecting him to break records coming back. We'll see what that means, but he's going to respond really well."
Carroll said the hope is that Willson will be back "within weeks," and added that doctors saw less damage than they were expecting when they looked at his knee.
"It was less than they expected, so everybody was really fired up about that," Carroll said. "They barely had to do anything at all to fix him. They went in there, took a look and got back out of there really quick is the way I understand it."
Safety Kam Chancellor is still day-to-day after missing Sunday's game with a groin injury, and was scheduled to run Wednesday to test that injury, Carroll said.
Carroll said defensive end Frank Clark will practice Wednesday and "should be back and he should be fine" after missing Sunday's game with a hamstring injury.
Rookie running back C.J. Prosise is expected to be available for the first time since sustaining a wrist injury in the season opener.
"C.J. is going today, and in my mind C.J. is playing this week," Carroll said. "That's the first time in can finally tell you that. I'm looking at that a bit optimistically like I might tend to do, but we're going into this week thinking he's going to play."
Carroll said of Prosise, a third-round pick out of Notre Dame, "We're not going to do too much with him too early, but I don't think there's anything he can't, so I'm really anxious to see how he adds in."
Carroll mentioned Monday that Kevin Pierre-Louis, who started at strongside linebacker in place of an injured Mike Morgan, did something to his ankle in the game, but Pierre-Louis is expected to practice Wednesday.
As for Morgan, who had sports hernia surgery during the bye week, Carroll said the linebacker and special teams standout is making a good recovery and should be available to return from injured reserve later this season.
"I just talked to Mike, he's doing really well," Carroll said. "He feels much improved, you can tell that the surgery was effective. There's still a little bit of soreness, but he's doing well. He's going to be able to make it back, so whenever the timeframe allows, we'll have him available, which is great news."
Carroll also gave an update on defensive tackle Garrison Smith, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee injury: "He came out of the game—we didn't realize it, but he had something wrong, he had a cartilage issue he had to get operated on. It kind of sprung up late Monday and he was feeling really uncomfortable, got some tests, and sure enough, he needed some work done."
The Seahawks replaced Smith on the roster with defensive tackle Sealver Siliga, who signed with Seattle in the offseason, but missed most of training camp and the preseason with a calf injury before being placed in injured reserve, then later released with an injury settlement.
"It's good to get him back," Carroll said. "He was a guy we went into the season thinking we would have. He has worked hard, he's in pretty good shape right now, which is good for a big man. We're anxious to get him back out there and see how he does and how he fits in. We really haven't had a good look at him. He had just a few days of work, so we're kind of fired up, it's like a plus to get him back."
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