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Seahawks Ready To Take "Important Next Step" Beginning Thursday

The Seahawks are ready to face the Rams Thursday following "a really short week."

Less than 72 hours after the Seahawks and Packers kicked off their Week 14 game at Lambeau Field, the Seahawks were already wrapping up their final practice of the week ahead of Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

And while a short week comes with its limitations in terms of how a team can prepare, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll feels good about the work his team did get in this week.

"It was a really short week," Carroll said. "It's hard to imagine it's Saturday already for us, but it has been good. Guys have done a nice job. We've had to adjust the tempo, as you do during this time, and everyone responded really well. And it feels like we've culminated a week, so we're ready to go and looking forward to it."

Carroll said early in the week that a short week could be a positive for his team coming off of a loss, and after three abbreviated days of work, he felt like his team did indeed turn the page quickly in a week where that was a must.

"I don't think there's any question that we were able to do that," he said. "We captured the very first moment that we could to turn our sights in that regard, and everybody has stepped to it. I think we've done a good job of that."

The Seahawks can clinch an NFC West title with a victory Thursday, and with it a fifth straight playoff berth. Carroll teaches his team to treat every week as a championship opportunity, but in this case, an actual division championship is there for the taking.

"This is a very important game, obviously," Carroll said. "It's a championship attempt for us in every way. We've prepared like it, and we expect to play like that. We're hoping we can turn out a great football game and fans can have a blast and all that, and we can take the next step… We'll see what happens. It's an important next step we take, and our guys are really pumped up about taking care of business."

And while the Seahawks have lost two of their last three games, they know all of their goals are still in front of them with three games left in the regular season, and Carroll is sticking by something he said earlier this season when he suggested that this year's team has the potential to be as good as any he has coached.  

"I feel like we have the best group of leaders, they've matured to this point where we have a chance to really find it," Carroll said. "It's so tenuous each season that comes along, it depends on what happens, you know? We'll see. I'm not giving up on this team right now. I think we have a lot of great football ahead of us. We need some maturing process to continue, we need to handle the big close to the season and see how that works, then we'll see what happens."

As for injuries the Seahawks have only two players ruled out in running back C.J. Prosise (shoulder) and defensive end Damontre Moore (foot), and two who are questionable in linebacker Dewey McDonald (illness) and linebacker Brock Coyle (foot). Carroll said Coyle, who practiced fully Tuesday and Wednesday "has a chance" to play Thursday and will be a game-day decision.

"The practices aren't demanding, so it's the (game day) workouts that count. So we'll see how he does," Carroll said.

Most notable on the Rams injury report is that Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Quinn is listed as doubtful with a concussion.

Here are the full injury reports for both teams:

Seattle Seahawks

Out

RB C.J. Prosise (shoulder, did not participate in practice)

DE Damontre Moore (foot, did not participate in practice)

Questionable

LB Dewey McDonald (illness, did not participate in practice)

LB Brock Coyle (foot, full participation in practice)

Los Angeles Rams

Out

S Maurice Alexander (concussion, did not participate in practice)

RB Benny Cunningham (neck, did not participate in practice)

Doubtful

CB E.J. Gaines (thigh, did not participate in practice)

DE Robert Quinn (concussion, did not participate in practice)

Questionable

DE Matt Longacre (heel, full participation in practice)

Take a look at the Los Angeles Rams players you can expect to see when the Seattle Seahawks take the field in Week 15 at CenturyLink Field.

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