The Seahawks made a roster move ahead of Tuesday’s practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, placing strong safety Delano Hill on injured reserve and signing receiver Malik Turner from the practice squad. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said Hill suffered a hip injury in the team’s regular-season finale against the Arizona Cardinals.
"He’s got a crack in his hip that he can get around on it, but he’s not going to be able to play with that,” Carroll said as the club readies for its Wild Card playoff matchup with the Cowboys on Saturday in Dallas.
With free safety Tedric Thompson nursing chest and ankle injuries the past two weeks, Hill got the start at strong safety while veteran Bradley McDougald moved from strong safety to Thompson’s free safety spot. Carroll said Hill had been “playing great ball” to close the regular season.
"The hopes for him coming back next time around and being a big factor for all the playing time and competing and all of that, it’s there,” Carroll said. "He was playing his best game, he played really well; hits, running, tackling, all kinds of good stuff, pressuring. So a very, very bright future for him and this will set him back for a while, but it’s not something he can’t recover from. It’s a non-displaced fracture, so he’ll be OK, there’s just nothing we can do about it.”
Thankfully for the Seahawks, Hill’s move to IR comes as Thompson is expected to make his return to the lineup.
"We’re happy to see him,” Carroll said of Thompson's comeback.
Having Thompson back would allow McDougald to return to playing strong safety while Thompson plays free safety, where Thompson started 10 games for the Seahawks this season.
“We’re fortunate that Tedric’s coming back,” said Carroll.
Turner, meanwhile, goes from the practice squad to the active roster for the second time this season. The rookie receiver originally joined the 53 back on Halloween following the release of veteran Brandon Marshall. Turner recorded two catches for 20 yards through six games before Seattle waived him in late December and re-signed him to the practice squad.
To fill Turner’s spot on the practice squad, the Seahawks signed safety Marwin Evans, who back in 2016 took part in Seattle’s rookie minicamp. Evans saw action with the Green Bay Packers in 2016 and 2017, recording 29 tackles and a forced fumble.
Elsewhere on the injury front, Carroll said J.R. Sweezy is “getting around pretty good” after missing the team’s Week 17 game with a foot injury he endured the week prior. The offensive guard still likely remains a game-day decision for Saturday's contest with the Cowboys, said Carroll.
“We’ll have to see. It’s going to go all the way to game time, but he’s getting around OK,” said Carroll. "He’s not in a boot or any of that kind of stuff and he’s not limping around, so he’s very positive that he can make it back. We won’t know, though.”
Shaquill Griffin was the lone injury reported during this past weekend’s win over Arizona, with the Seahawks cornerback exiting the game early with an ankle injury. Carroll said Griffin will try to practice on Thursday of this week.
“He’s OK,” said Carroll. "He’s talking real positive. We’re going to try to do something on Thursday.”
In Griffin’s absence against Arizona, the Seahawks turned to third-year pro Akeem King, who Carroll said will be “ready to go” if Griffin can’t against Dallas.
"He got some good play time. He continued to do well,” said Carroll. "He got fooled on the one play-pass, but other than that he played a complete game and if he has to play for Shaq he’ll be ready to go. We’ve seen a lot of him. He’s been with us for a while. We really know technique-wise we can trust him and believe in him and he understands our schemes, that’s why we’ve been able to spot him around and do some things. He’s a bright player. He runs real fast, he’s a big kid, just kind of like we like them."
Finally, expect Rashaad Penny to receive a full workload at practice this week. After missing Weeks 15 and 16 with a knee injury and receiving just four carries against the Cardinals in Week 17, Carroll said the rookie first-round pick is “ready to go now” heading into Wild Card weekend.
“He’s fine,” Carroll said. "He didn’t get a lot of work the last two weeks, we took it easy on him and late in the week he got back and started to do some good stuff, looked like he could go, so we got him some play time so he’s back ready to go now. We need to have him back. He’ll get a full week and he should get all of the workload.”
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