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Tyler Lockett Improving, Luke Willson Unlikely To Play This Week

The Seahawks returned from their bye week and were back on the field for a “bonus Monday” practice as they begin preparation for their Week 12 game in Philadelphia.

While the Seahawks don’t have to put out an official practice report following a Monday practice, head coach Pete Carroll did provide updates on two players who were injured in Seattle’s Week 10 win at San Francisco.

Receiver Tyler Lockett, who had to stay behind in the Bay Area for two nights due to a leg contusion, has a good chance of playing this week despite an injury that caused him to be hospitalized as a precaution.

“He’s doing better,” Carroll said. “We’ll know later in the week his status. We’re hoping and planning on him being able to play, but yeah, he’s got to show up to us. So, we’ll see.”

Carroll said Lockett’s two-night stay at Stanford Hospital was needed “so that they wanted to take an extra day to just ensure that he was fine and all that. He’s really on the road to recovery now. He’s past that. That was just the initial concern. We’re very fortunate that we were at a great place. They took great care of him and all that. Everything worked out fine. Now, he’s just on the road back. We’re optimistic about it, but he’s still going to have to do it. The extra days absolutely are helping us here, so we’ll take full advantage of that.”

But while Lockett has a good chance of playing this week, the news is less positive on tight end Luke Willson, who left Seattle’s last game with a hamstring injury.

“Luke’s working at it,” Carroll said. “It’s going to take Luke a bit. I don’t think he’ll have a chance to make it back this week, so we’ll see what happens.”

Willson’s injury only increases the chances that the Seahawks activate tight end Ed Dickson off of injured reserve. Dickson returned to practice ahead of Seattle’s Week 9 game against Tampa Bay, but has not yet been added to the 53-man roster. That move has to happen this week if Dickson is going to play again this season.

“There’s a really good chance,” Carroll said of Dickson being added to the roster before Wednesday’s deadline. “We’ve been waiting for the opportunity to get Ed to go. We’re thinking that’s where we would go with this. Give us a couple of days here.”  

Overall, the Seahawks come out of the bye in relatively good health, and Carroll hopes the late-season bye will help his team down the stretch.

“The bye this late, we can feel it that we’re in the home stretch of the season with six games left,” he said. “It feels good to have it this late. Just get a good break for the legs and all that coming back and bumps and bruises and all.”

Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seattle Seahawks' Week 10 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Eye on the Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.

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