With Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls out for the rest of the season after injuring his ankle in Sunday's 35-6 road win over the Baltimore Ravens, Pete Carroll said the club will add running back Bryce Brown to the active roster, a story that Seahawks.com digital media reporter John Boyle has more on right here, and a story that also includes the latest on incumbent starter Marshawn Lynch (abdomen), who continues to recover from surgery.
That news on Seattle's running back situation topped Carroll's Monday afternoon press conference at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center, where the Seahawks head coach also shared injury updates on strong safety Kam Chancellor (tailbone), cornerbacks Marcus Burley (ankle) and DeShawn Shead (ankle), tight end Luke Willson (ribs), defensive end Michael Bennett (toe), and linebacker Brock Coyle (knee).
Here's a look at what Carroll had to say about each player:
Strong safety Kam Chancellor bruised his tailbone in Sunday's win against the Ravens when he landed wrong after knocking down a pass from Baltimore quarterback Jimmy Clausen in the first quarter of play. Chancellor was replaced by Kelcie McCray for the rest of the game following the injury and Carroll said it would be "unlikely" to see Chancellor practice on Wednesday, when the team will hold its first practice ahead of Sunday's home game against the Cleveland Browns.
"He's pretty sore today," Carroll said. "He really is."
The good news is that Carroll said McCray "did really well" in Chancellor's place. McCray has been a standout player on special teams this season, but Sunday's game marked his first extended action with the starting defense since Seattle traded for the former fifth-round pick before the start of the regular season, when Chancellor was still holding out.
"I went back and cut up all his plays just to make sure that I could get a really inward look at what he was doing and how he fit on everything," Carroll said of McCray's day at M&T Bank Stadium. "I was really fired up about it. He's come a long ways with our system. We have a lot of intricacies that we hope to see in the awareness and the positioning and stuff. He had a couple plays that he'd like back, but he had some really good plays, too, and he was very efficient and he was in the right spots all day long and gave us really good discipline.
"So I was really fired up about the way he played knowing that he may have to play more, it was worth knowing that he did a good job, that he stepped into the opportunity and made something happen there, so it was good."
Marcus Burley & DeShawn Shead
Cornerbacks Marcus Burley and DeShawn Shead each suffered ankle injuries at Baltimore and Carroll said the club will take a "wait and see" approach with the pair as the new week of work gets underway.
"Burley's is a re-injure, kind of a re-tweak, we think he should be OK," Carroll said. "DeShawn, he's been a great guy battling through stuff. We'll see how it goes, but we really won't know until the end of the week on that."
It wasn't mentioned at Carroll's postgame press conference on Sunday, but tight end Luke Willson suffered a hit in Baltimore that left him with what Carroll called "bruised ribs" on Monday afternoon.
"As a matter of fact, I don't know the extent of that because his MRI was at noon and we haven't heard back yet," Carroll said. "But we thought going in that he had bruised ribs."
Defensive end Michael Bennett briefly left Sunday's game with an injury to his toe, the same toe that has given him issues in the past.
"The toe's sore," Carroll said. "The toe that's always bothered him just got jammed or something, so he's booting around a little bit today."
The Seahawks put Brock Coyle on the injured reserve/designated to return list with a knee injury in October. The linebacker has been healthy for the past couple weeks, but is now eligible to be added back to the active roster, something Carroll said will happen before this week's game against the Browns.
"We're really fired up to get him up," Carroll said. "He's been full speed for a couple weeks. He waited through the process and so we're really happy to add him back into all of the special teams. He's a core special teamer for us and he's really primed and ready to go, so he'll give us a little boost where we'd like to see it and he'll be ready to back up at linebacker."
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