Mike Morgan returned from an eight-week layoff to start at strongside linebacker in last week's win over Carolina, and while he didn't come out of that game with a new injury, he was sore enough that it limited him in practice this week. But while Morgan is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Green Bay, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the linebacker should be ready to go, just part of why Carroll feels like his team is "in pretty good shape to go on this trip."
"Mike got some work done today, so he should be ready to play," Carroll said. "He's just coming back from his first game after a long time, and he was pretty sore this week, but I think he's going to be fine. He's dressing for the game, he'll be ready."
Morgan was the only player listed as questionable on Friday's injury report, while four players—linebacker Brock Coyle (foot), defensive end Damontre Moore (foot), fullback Will Tukuafu (concussion) and running back C.J. Prosise (shoulder)—have been ruled out.
With Tukuafu out, the Seahawks could turn to just-signed fullback Marcel Reece this week. Carroll said both Reece, and safety Jeron Johnson, could play this week despite having only one week of practice with the team.
"They both did fine," Carroll said. "Both of those guys could play."
Moore is out this week after returning from his foot injury for last week's game. He actually practiced fully on Thursday, but Carroll said the injury is still enough of an issue that Moore will not play this week.
"It has really been bothering him for a couple of weeks," Carroll said. "We need to rest him a little bit and see what it's going to be like. He practiced full-go yesterday, he was flying yesterday, but his foot shows up on MRIs and stuff, so we've got to take care of him. He's a pretty amazing kid, you would never have known he was hurt, but we've got to make sure we're treating him right."
On Coyle, who has missed two games with his foot injury, Carroll said, "His foot hasn't responded as well as we'd hoped. The sprain is still a factor, so he couldn't make it through today."
The Seahawks will get back receiver Paul Richardson (hamstring) and tight end Luke Willson (knee) after one-game absences.
"We love having (Willson) back," Carroll said. "He's versatile, he blocks well, he runs all of the routes, he's a great competitor, he helps on special teams. It's great to have him back, he's a real regular for us."
The Packers will be without linebacker Nick Perry (hand) who leads the team with 8.0 sacks. Among those listed as questionable are linebackers Clay Matthews (shoulder), cornerback Damarious Randall (groin), linebacker Blake Martinez (knee) and right guard T.J. Lang (foot).
Here are the injury reports for both teams:
RB C.J. Prosise (shoulder, did not participate in practice)
FB Will Tukuafu (concussion, did not participate in practice)
LB Brock Coyle (foot, did not participate in practice)
DE Damontre Moore (foot, did not participate in practice)
LB Mike Morgan (hip, full participation)
Green Bay Packers
LB Kyle Fackrell (hamstring, did not participate in practice)
LB Nick Perry (hand, did not participate in practice)
CB LaDarius Gunter (illness, limited participation in practice)
G T.J. Lang (foot, limited participation in practice)
LB Blake Martinez (knee, limited participation in practice)
LB Clay Matthews (shoulder, limited participation in practice)
CB Damarious Randall (groin, limited participation in practice)
C/G J.C. Tretter (knee, limited participation in practice)
The Seahawks and the Packers have faced off 19 times, including three postseason matchups. The Seahawks currently own eight wins in the series and will play the Packers again this Sunday at Lambeau Field during Week 14.