The Seahawks only have three games left in the regular season, but are hopeful that leading receiver Tyler Lockett will make it back despite fracturing a bone in his hand on Thursday night.
"Very optimistic review this morning from the docs that he's got a chance to get back quickly, and we'll see if it can happen," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "If there's any way possible, he'll do it, he'll figure it out. We've had good success with this guy in the past, he's been really an expert at it. Maybe (Lockett) can pull off something that would surprise us a little bit here, so we'll see. And I know that's what Tyler is wanting to do."
Carroll didn't give a specific timeline for Lockett's return, but when asked a question that referenced an NFL Network report that said Lockett would likely miss two games with a chance to return in Week 18, Carroll said with a smile, "You mentioned two weeks, who said two weeks?"
Asked about replacing Lockett, who leads the team with 964 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns, Carroll said, "Give us a chance to work on that, but you don't replace him. He's such an extraordinary player that we're not going to ask guys to do the same thing and hope they do it just like Tyler does. We're going to use our guys to their strengths, so that's how we'll do that. Marquise (Goodwin) has played really well and really helped us in a number of ways, and leaning on him is a good idea. Our tight ends are ready to help us at any time as well. We'll see as we get back at it."
Carroll said the tests done on linebacker Jordyn Brooks, who left Thursday's game with a neck injury, didn't show any structural damage.
"All the pictures that they took were negative, so that's a good sign," Carroll said. "He's got some soreness, so we're going to go through a process to try to alleviate the discomfort, but there's no structural issues right now."
Asked if Brooks could play in Seattle's next game, which is on December 24 in Kansas City, Carroll said. "Hope so. I know he's going to want to do that."
The Seahawks are also hoping to get back defensive tackle Al Woods, who missed Thursday's game with an Achilles injury.
"Hopefully, but we won't know until late in the week until he can bang around on it and see if he can handle it," Carroll said.
Bryan Mone, who started in place of Woods, left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury, and Carroll said an MRI on Friday confirmed an ACL injury.
Kenneth Walker III, who returned after a one-game absence due to an ankle injury, "was a little sore," Carroll said, but should be OK for next week, particularly with the extra days off coming off a Thursday game.
"The extra days are going to really help him," Carroll said. "This is an issue he's dealing with that rest helps, so these three days here, a fourth day on Monday, will really give him a chance to bounce back, so I don't expect any problems with that."
Fellow running back DeeJay Dallas is hoping to get back after missing the past two games with a high ankle sprain, but Carroll doesn't know yet if that will happen.
"He's coming back, he's got a great attitude about it, but he's got a legitimate high ankle sprain, so he has to make a turn here," Carroll said. "He's got really a good break, and by Wednesday or so next week we'll have a good feel for where he is. But it's still going to be a race against it, because it's a legitimate high ankle."
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