Only a day after seeing his quarterback go down with a knee injury, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was confident Monday that Russell Wilson will be back on the practice field this week.
"He's remarkably well off for having a play like that," Carroll said. "He looks very good, he's very upbeat and positive about feeling like he's going to be fine. It was just all positive."
Carroll cautioned that it's early in the week and they'll have to see how Wilson responds to the work he does in practice and rehab, but as of now it appears Wilson is on track to play when the Seahawks face the Jets on Sunday.
"We haven't seen him do anything other than just convince me of that thought," Carroll said. "He's done a very good job so far… We'll see, we're planning on practicing him Wednesday.
"We'll see what happens. Wednesday is a big day to see where he is. He looks fine, so I'm not that deeply concerned about it. I wish it didn't happen, that he didn't get banged, but I think he's going to be all right."
Wilson is also still recovering from the ankle injury sustained in Seattle's Week 1 win over the Miami Dolphins, but Carroll said that injury is less of a concern at this point.
"He'll still work on his ankle a little bit, but it feels really good, and he was very fortunate to get out of the game without any setbacks at all," Carroll said. "He looked good moving around, he looked better than he did a week ago, so he looked fine when he was playing."
Carroll also noted that Wilson's injury, which is an MCL sprain, is one that other Seahawks have played through in the past.
"What he has, a lot of guys play with," he said. "This is something our trainers have been through a number of times, and they know this is really possible that he'll be fine, but he still has to respond to the work on Wednesday and Thursday and we'll see how he gets through it. We'll be watching it very closely to do the right thing to make sure that we ensure his health and his well-being moving forward, and our team's well-being moving forward and all of that. We'll take all of that into account."
Thomas Rawls out "a few more weeks"
Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls missed Sunday's game with a shin injury sustained in Seattle's Week 2 game at Los Angeles, and additional tests Monday revealed the injury is more serious than the Seahawks initially realized.
"They were able to find a little something in there in the evaluations today that wasn't clear a week ago, but it makes sense for how uncomfortable he was feeling," Carroll said. "He's got a little crack there that we just have to take care of and wait it out a little bit. He's not going to be incapacitated by it at all, he'll be able to move around and all that kind of stuff, but we just have to be careful and get him through a few more weeks before we can get him back out."
Rookie guard Germain Ifedi, who missed the first three games with an ankle injury, is "doing quite well," Carroll said, and on track to practice this week and perhaps make his regular-season debut on Sunday.
"He's really excited about coming back," Carroll said. "He was really close last week. You wouldn't know that there's anything wrong with him at this point. He'll put the days together. He worked really hard today and he'll take a light day tomorrow, then he'll get after it and practice with us on Wednesday. That gives him a chance to get right back in there if he can put together day after day. It's really a day-to-day thing to see how he responds to the work, but today was really a big indicator that he's in good shape and ready to go."
Carroll said that when Ifedi returns, it will be as a starter. Ifedi had been Seattle's starting right guard throughout training camp and the preseason. J'Marcus Webb has started there in Ifedi's place the past three games.
Running back C.J. Prosise could also return this week after missing the past two games with a cracked bone in his hand. Prosise has been practicing, but considering that his position requires carrying and catching the football, the Seahawks have kept him out of the past two games. That could change this week, particularly with Rawls again sidelined.
"Like I've said the last couple of weeks, he's practicing with us, he's doing everything in practice, so he's up with us in terms of staying abreast of the game plan and getting his work, he's in good shape and all of that," Carroll said. "(Rawls' injury) will necessitate a more serious look at getting him out there. I would think he'd be able to play this weekend.
Rookie tight end Nick Vannett could also be back this week after missing the first three games with an ankle injury. He will practice this week, but Carroll indicated they'll have to figure out how to work him back into the game plan at a position group with three players already contributing to the offense.
"We're counting on him making it through this week, and we'll find out where we can fit him into the game plan," Carroll said. "We were really excited about Nick before he got banged up, blocking and receiving, so we're anxious to see where it kind of settles here. It'll be a little bit difficult to figure it all out because we only have a few days of practice to sort that out. Our guys have done a nice job at the position—Brandon Williams has done a nice job along with Jimmy (Graham) and Luke (Willson), but it's a great problem to figure out, because Nick was very impressive early on, so we'll see where that picks up from here."
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