Seahawks coach Pete Carroll met with the media following Wednesday's practice, Seattle's last before it faces the Oakland Raiders in preseason game No. 4. Here are the injury updates Carroll gave heading into his team's preseason finale:
Linebacker K.J. Wright had arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this week, and Carroll said, "Everything went well is what I was told, very positive about it. He stayed a couple of days to make sure that he insured the recovery from the surgery. We haven't seen him yet.
"It was a cleanup job, arthroscopic surgery. Hopefully a minimally-invasive approach to it that will really help him recover in a hurry."
Asked if there was a timeline for Wright's return, Carroll said, "They talked about a couple of weeks is the most optimistic we could be."
Cornerback Byron Maxwell, who has yet to play this preseason because of a hip flexor injury, "is not going to be able to play this week," Carroll said. "He didn't make it back."
The news is better on receiver Amara Darboh, who is expected to play after being held out of the first three games with hip flexor and clavicle injuries.
"We expect to see him play," Carroll said. "We're really happy about that… I just want to see him play ball again. We've seen a lot of him, we know him well, we like him. He has been a really aggressive player, been a good special teamer and all that, just would like to see him get back out and show that he's back, really, then we'll figure it out from there."
Carroll did not declare whether or not first-round pick Rashaad Penny will play Thursday, but the running back, who is practicing, took another step toward being ready for Week 1.
"I think today's the day he got his cast off," Carroll said. "He has already been running with us out on the field and all that, so we'll see (about Thursday's game)."
Carroll said safety Tedric Thompson (stinger/ribs) is "doing pretty well, he's coming back. We'll see how it goes. We really see him being able to be available for the opener."
On receiver Marcus Johnson, Carroll said, "He fell catching a ball the other day, and he's got somewhat of a hip pointer. Not a very severe one. He's trying to get back for the game."
Guard D.J. Fluker has been sidelined this week by a hamstring injury, but on a positive note at that position, J.R. Sweezy is back from the ankle injury he sustained not long after signing with Seattle.
"Sweez had a really good week," Carroll said. "This is his first week officially back practicing, and he did really well. With Fluke being down, he worked on the right side as well as his drill work on the other side. He's showing us that flexibility, which is good. It's really good to have Sweez back out there. He's a great competitor, as he has always been, and he fits right in, so we're really happy to have him."
Pass-rusher Erik Walden, who had two sacks in last week's preseason game, has been held out this week with a "hip flexor concern."
Carroll was also asked about tight end Ed Dickson, who remains on the non-football injury list, and said, "I spent some time with him this morning, and we're just pushing to try to make this turn. He had an issue coming back where something else got aggravated, so it exacerbated the problem of just returning where he can get in shape and all that. We'll go at it, really a couple days at a time here to see how he does. I'm anxious to hear what they said after his workout today. We'll see, but he won't make it for the game."