For the Seahawks, good news on the injury front was represented by a name that wasn’t on Thursday’s injury report. Cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who left last week’s win over the Cardinals with an ankle injury, and who did not practice Tuesday or Wednesday, was not listed with an injury status on the final report of the week, meaning he is ready to go.
Griffin practiced fully on Thursday ahead of the team’s trip to Dallas for a Wild Card playoff game against the Cowboys, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the second-year corner “looked great.”
The Seahawks head to Dallas with a mostly healthy 53-man roster, with only fullback Tre Madden listed as doubtful due to a hamstring injury sustained in last week’s game. The big question heading Saturday’s game will be the status of left guard J.R. Sweezy, who is listed as questionable and who will be a game-day decision, Carroll said. Sweezy, who injured his foot in Seattle’s Week 16 win over Kansas City, causing him to miss last week’s game, will work out prior to the game to determine if he can play.
“Sweez has got a good chance,” Carroll said. “He feels great, and we’ll find out at game time if he can play too.”
Asked what they need to see out of Sweezy for the veteran guard to play, Carroll said, “He’s got to run and stay in control of all the movements he’s got to do and feel OK about it, and then we’ve got to sense his confidence that he feels good about it. He’s telling us everything like he would, and he’s got to show us.”
If Sweezy plays, he would be doing so without practicing this week, something a couple of veterans have been able to do at different points this season. Asked about the challenge of playing without practice, Carroll said. “The challenge is to stay with it all the way throughout and not be distracted by the rehab and the concerns and the wondering whether you’re going to make it or not. That’s why guys who know they’re going to make it back and are really convicted to that—there’s no way they’re going to miss—those guys have a better shot at staying in it all week long, so of course we’re trying to promote that mentality as much as we can. That allows a guy to mentally be on course for a good preparation. The guys who have been around, they can kind of visualize and use their imagination and get their way through it. After a while that catches up, but in the short term guys can get that done. Really it’s the mental part of being connected to it every day, every step of the way and not be distracted by the rehab stuff.”
With a short week, a number of veterans were rested on Tuesday and Wednesday, including left tackle Duane Brown, but everyone but Sweezy and Madden practiced fully on Thursday. Carroll said of Brown, “His knee was a little sore and it was a short week and he was a guy we just wanted to take care of. So we looked after him, and he’s fine today and looks good.” And again, everyone but Madden and possibly Sweezy is expected to be available Saturday.
One veteran who didn’t need rest this week was linebacker K.J. Wright, who has played in two games since returning from a knee injury, and who practiced fully all week for the first time since coming back.
“He has really come back strong,” Carroll said. “He feels great, mentally he’s such a big factor in helping other guys play well. He’s moving great, recovering every day well. He’s back in action. Like everybody around here says, K.J. back… He’s in full flight now.”
Here are the full injury reports for both teams:
FB Tre Madden (hamstring, did not participate in practice)
G J.R. Sweezy (foot, did not participate in practice)
DL David Irving (ankle, did not participate in practice)
G Xavier Su’a-Filo (ankle, did not participate in practice)
WR Tavon Austin (groin, limited participation in practice)
S Darian Thompson (groin, limited participation in practice)
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