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Seven Injury Updates From Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll's Week 7 Monday Press Conference

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll shared injury updates on Michael Bennett, Luke Willson and more during his Monday press conference at VMAC.

During his Monday afternoon press conference at Virginia Mason Athletic Center held the day after Seattle's 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons, Pete Carroll elaborated on several of the personnel updates he gave during his morning appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Here are seven injury notes from the Seahawks head coach: 

1. Michael Bennett "Doing Pretty Good"

Defensive end Michael Bennett, who left yesterday's game at CenturyLink Field with a knee injury and did not return, is "doing pretty good" today, Carroll said. 

"His tests and stuff came out clear," Carroll said. "So he just got banged on his knee."

Carroll said "we think so" when asked if Bennett will be able to make it back in time for Sunday night's game against the Cardinals in Arizona and went on to assess the play that took Bennett out of the game.

"It was just a cut block," Carroll said. "The guy cut him. It was clean. Nobody wants to get hit in the legs, you know? But it wasn't a dirty play or anything like that. It wasn't illegal. [Bennett] just didn't like it."

2. Surgery "Possible" For Luke Willson

Tight end Luke Willson injured his knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over Atlanta while blocking for a Christine Michael touchdown run. Carroll said surgery is "possible" for Willson and the team should "know more in the next couple days."

"Luke's got some stuff that we've got to work on," Carroll said. "We've got to figure out what to do with him. He's got a little cartilage damage in there and stretched ligaments and MCL, so we've got to figure out what that's going to be like."

3. Kam Chancellor "Feels A Lot Better Today"

Strong safety Kam Chancellor was inactive for Seattle's Week 6 win after injuring his groin at practice last week. Carroll said the club will go "day by day" with Chancellor's status this week.

"He's coming back from a groin that happened during the week and it was just a mild groin, but we didn't think that he would be able to hold up throughout the course of the game," Carroll said. "He feels a lot better today and we'll just have to go day by day and figure that out."

4. Frank Clark "Was Really Close To Playing"

Defensive end Frank Clark (hamstring), who like Chancellor was injured at practice last week, "ran really well on gameday" and "was really close to playing," Carroll said. 

"Just didn't quite have the strength that he needed to kind of complete the exam where we could put him out there knowing he'd be safe," Carroll said of Clark. "He'll be fine. He should be. We need to get through [the week of practice] without setbacks, but he should be raring to go this week."

5. It Will Be "A Couple Weeks More" Before Thomas Rawls Is Healed

Carroll responded "as soon as possible" when asked when he would like to see Thomas Rawls (fibula) return to work, but the reality is that the second-year running back is still "a couple weeks" from recovering from the setback he suffered in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams. 

"It's just going to take him a couple weeks more before he's healed," Carroll said. "That's it. He's feeling much better, he'll feel pretty darn good, they've just got to make sure that it's safe and all that."

6. "We'll See On Wednesday" With C.J. Prosise

The wrist injury he suffered in Week 1 continues to sideline running back C.J. Prosise, who has practiced in full in recent weeks but been inactive on gameday. Carroll said the team hopes this is the week Prosise can get back on the field without limitation.

"We're really hoping that this is his week he can get back," Carroll said. "Like I've been saying, he's been practicing, so he's ready to go, it's just a matter of if he's safe and we think he's really approaching that time now. It'd be great to get him."

7. Quinton Jefferson Will Be "Back In Action"

Quinton Jefferson (thumb), who had surgery during the team's Week 4 bye, will "be back" this week, Carroll said. The rookie defensive tackle was held from practice last week and inactive against the Falcons. 

"He will definitely come back and we're excited to get him back," Carroll said. "He'll be out of the cast, too, and he'll have his fingers available and all that. He played with a Q-tip for a while there, so he'll be back in action."

Extra Points

  • Kevin Pierre-Louis "tweaked his ankle" during Sunday's win against Atlanta, Carroll said, an injury that came while filling in at strongside linebacker for Mike Morgan, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this month. "He did a nice job. ... He will improve as well. He needs the work, he needs the time out there. I think Cassius [Marsh] just played one play for him at the same spot, but he did good for his first start."
  • Carroll said quarterback Russell Wilson, who has been playing through ankle and knee sprains, "looked great" against the Falcons. "I know other people are [saying], 'Yeah, well he didn't look like he's always looked.' Well, maybe that's the case, but he sure moved well and he made a lot of plays with his quickness and took off and ran, got something out of stuff. He didn't get any big plays running, and he had some chances in the running game too to read some stuff. We did not restrict him in that regard and the reads just didn't allow him to run the football. I think that we're really back on track and I'm really fired up, it's a remarkable, remarkable job that he's done to play like he's played over the last five weeks under the circumstances and I'm really excited that he's getting better, and he feels better today."

See some sideline action from the Seahawks 26-24 victory over the Falcons at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, October 16.

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