Seahawks coach Pete Carroll met with the media a day after his team’s playoff-clinching win over the Kansas City Chiefs, and in addition to talking about what stood out in that impressive victory, Carroll also provided a number of injury updates as Seattle heads into the final week of the regular season.
Two players who were unable to play Sunday, right tackle Germain Ifedi (groin) and running back Rashaad Penny (knee) have a good chance of getting back for Seattle’s Week 17 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
On Ifedi, who injured his groin in practice last Thursday, Carroll said, “We think he’s going to play, we’ll see. Get through the days and all that.”
Carroll said Penny, who has missed the last two games, “Should come roaring back this week. He almost made it back this week, so his mindset is to go practice on Wednesday, and if he can make it through it, then we’d love to have him back.”
Less clear is the status of free safety Tedric Thompson, who did not play because of a chest injury.
“He’s feeling better today, and he was running today,” Carroll said. “He’s got a big test coming up I think on Wednesday to check it. I can’t explain the injury, but he has some air in the tissue outside of his lungs that somehow showed up, so they have to get that to go away… When it dissipates, then he’ll have a chance to come back.”
Left guard J.R. Sweezy was the only player to leave the game and not return. Carroll said Sweezy has a sprained foot: “We thought it was an ankle, but it’s more of an arch sprain.” Asked if Sweezy would play this week, Carroll said, “I don’t know that. Can’t tell yet.”
Right guard D.J. Fluker, who had missed the previous two games with a hamstring injury, was active but did not start Sunday, but ended up coming in when Sweezy went out—Ethan Pocic, who started at right guard, moved to left guard—and Carroll said Fluker came out of the game OK.
“He did fine,” Carroll said. “He was rusty, but he did fine. That was a real surprise that he could pull that off. He had a heck of a pregame warmup and workout, and he was determined to be available for us, and we needed him. We were very fortunate that worked out.”
Receiver Doug Baldwin briefly limped off the field in the fourth quarter, but came back to make a huge play that set up Seattle’s final touchdown. Carroll said Baldwin had “Just a little tweak. He was OK.”
Also OK is kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who was shaken up after being hit on a field goal attempt, a play that drew a flag for roughing the kicker.
“He’s OK, but he landed on the guy’s foot, and it dug into him pretty good, flat on his back, so it was a little bit more than I thought it was,” Carroll said.
Carroll said linebacker K.J. Wright played “a little bit more” than planned in his return from a knee injury that caused him to miss the past five games, but came out of the game feeling good.
“He played 40-something plays, we would have probably liked to keep him in the 30s, it was just circumstances and stuff,” Carroll said. “He felt good and played well and did a nice job and came out of it in pretty good shape, so it was a real positive outing for him.”
Also coming out of the game OK after playing through injuries were Bradley McDougald (knee) and Jarran Reed (oblique/groin), who played despite not practicing last week.
“He did fine,” Carroll said of McDougald. “I communicated with him late last night just to check in with him, and he reported that he was feeling pretty good about it. He did a nice job in the game under the circumstances.
“It was really a game where one of the themes or side stories was those guys coming through. J-Reed did it too, he pulled it off after being gone most for most of the week. He came out of it feeling better, so that was a real positive. So hats off to those guys, it was a great effort by everybody.”
Fan photos from the Seattle Seahawks' primetime game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16 of the 2018 NFL season at CenturyLink Field.