Six Seahawks did not participate in Thursday’s practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, where the club opened its week of preparation for its Monday Night Football matchup against the Bears in Chicago.
Guard D.J. Fluker (hamstring), linebackers Bobby Wagner (groin) and K.J. Wright (knee), receiver Doug Baldwin (knee), cornerback Tre Flowers (hamstring), and free safety Earl Thomas (not injury related) were all held out. Earlier Thursday, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll provided a couple updates on those injured Seahawks, notably Fluker and Wright while also acknowledging no further information is available on the readiness of Baldwin, who suffered an MCL sprain in this past Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.
On Fluker, Carroll said: “He’s day to day, really. We’re looking at him every day to see what each day tells us. So I don’t know anything more than that.”
On Wright, Carroll said the Pro Bowler is “day to day” as well, adding: "He’s making progress. He’s feeling pretty good.”
If Wright is unable to play against the Bears, the Seahawks’ backups at the weakside linebacker spot include a pair of young players in rookie Shaquem Griffin and Austin Calitro. The two split snaps against the Broncos, with Griffin recording 55 percent of the defensive snaps and Calitro playing 45 percent.
“K.J. is a seasoned veteran. He’s a Pro Bowl player. He really understands the game,” said defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. "Any time you have a guy that’s been playing seven, eight years as opposed to a guy that’s in his first year, you miss football experience, you miss just understanding the situation, understanding being on the road, and working well with, him and Bobby (Wagner) work really well together. There’s no question a player like that you’re going to miss. But at the same time it’s next man up. You can’t sit there and worry about a guy who's not there.”
On the Week 1 play of Griffin and Calitro, Norton added: “Two young players in a hostile environment. I thought they were solid. We lost the game, so everybody has some improvement. It comes down to winning and losing, so we have to find ways to win, find ways to finish as a defense and there are things they did really well and there’s some things they need to improve on, and that’s what we’re doing during this week."
Elsewhere on Seattle’s injury front, defensive end Dion Jordan (knee) and safety Bradley McDougald (knee) were limited Thursday. Defensive end Frank Clark (elbow), meanwhile, was a full participant.
Here’s Thursday’s injury report for both teams:
Did Not Participate
G D.J. Fluker (hamstring)
LB K.J. Wright (knee)
LB Bobby Wagner (groin)
WR Doug Baldwin (knee)
CB Tre Flowers (hamstring)
S Earl Thomas (not injury related)
DE Dion Jordan (knee)
S Bradley McDougald (knee)
DE Frank Clark (elbow)
Did Not Participate
DB D. Houston-Carson (forearm/back)
OL Kyle Long (ankle)
DB Bryce Callahan (knee)
TE Daniel Brown (shoulder)
Photos from Thursday's practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in preparation for Monday's game against the Chicago Bears.