The Seahawks returned to work Wednesday to begin their practice week ahead of Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh. The official practice report will be out after practice, but before his team took the field, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave updates on several injured players.
C Justin Britt
Britt was “pretty sore” Wednesday, Carroll said, the result of a knee-to-knee collision with tight end Will Dissly. Britt finished last week’s game even with the injury, and despite being sore appears to be on track to play this week.
“He was pretty sore,” Carroll said. “He got banged pretty good. It was great that he stayed out and played the game for us. He’s a little gimpy together, but he’ll do some stuff today. But he got whacked pretty good.”
Asked if there was any danger of Britt missing the game, Carroll said, “No. Not in my mind.”
DB Ugo Amadi
Amadi, who won the nickel corner role, finished last week’s game, but did sustain a shoulder injury, the result of a collision with safety Bradley McDougald. In an answer about the decision to re-sign cornerback Jamar Taylor, Carroll mentioned that Amadi’s status is uncertain this week.
“He goes right back into the nickel spot competing at that spot,” Carroll said of Taylor. “Ugo took a big shot too, we’re not sure how he’ll come back. He sounds really good, he’s going to go today in practice, but we’re just concerned about that… He’s going to be limited, but he’ll be out there today.”
TE Will Dissly
Dissly didn’t finish the game because of a knee injury, but is good to go this week: “Will’s good. He should be OK. He’s practicing today.”
DT Poona Ford
“Poona got a calf strain that we’ve got to monitor. He wants to go, but we’re going to hold him back today and just go one day at a time and see how it goes."
CB Neiko Thorpe
“Neiko got a hammy. We need to see how that’s going to go. That’s pretty hard to get back in the position that he plays and the way he plays.”
DE Ziggy Ansah
Ansah, who only returned to practice a week ahead of the opener, practiced last week but was held out of the game as a precaution. Asked if Ansah would make his Seahawks debut this week, Carroll said, “One day at a time. He’ll practice today and we’ll go one day at a time.”
DE L.J. Collier
Collier, who injured his ankle early in camp and missed the opener, will practice this week and has a chance to play.
“L.J. will practice full this week, so he’ll be in the competition to see where he fits,” Carroll said. “I don’t know how that’s going to work out yet. So I think it’s an elevating group.”
Carroll noted that prior to the injury, Collier showed that he was in better shape following the break than when he reported for offseason workouts.
“He was in way better shape than he was when he showed in the offseason in April,” Carroll said. “He had really had a good offseason the six weeks he really benefited from. He was stronger and quicker and lighter. Every aspect of his movement showed a little bit differently. So he was off to a great start and that was a great indication. He has worked really hard right now. He has jumped back ahead of schedule with a chance to maybe even play this week. It’s been very upbeat.”
LG Mike Iupati
While Carroll didn’t come out and definitely state that Iupati would start at left guard this week, he did say the job will be Iupati’s when they feel he’s ready to go, and it sounds like that could happen this week. Iupati, who missed almost all of camp and the preseason with foot and calf injuries, practiced last week and was active for the game, but Ethan Pocic got the start at left guard.
Asked if the job was Iupati’s when he’s back, Carroll said, “It’s Mike’s job. We feel Mike has earned that, so he’ll jump back in. Ethan has done a great job of filling in for quite a while now, we’re really confident in him playing there. So it’s a boost to us that we know we have a couple of guys who can start. I’m really anxious to get Mike back in there, he’s dying to play, so we’re looking forward to that.”
C Joey Hunt
Hunt, who sprained his ankle in Seattle’s final preseason game, missed the opener, but is making good progress according to Carroll: “He ran today, which is a big step forward. Joey’s just not taking this injury well at all, he’s fighting his way right back through it. He’s going to be way ahead of schedule.”
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