A day after his team's 27-13 win over the New York Giants, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll met with the media to talk about the game, and also to provide a few health updates on his team.
Center Austin Blythe, who left the game with a knee sprain, and is "a little sore today," Carroll said. "I can't tell what it's going to be for the weekend. We don't know."
The good news for the Seahawks is that they got solid play out of Kyle Fuller in relief of Blythe, and would be comfortable turning to him this weekend if Blythe couldn't go. Fuller stepping in helping the offense function at a high level continued what has become a reoccurring theme with this year's offensive line in terms of its depth. Most notably, Phil Haynes has started games at both guard spots, filling in for Damien Lewis and Gabe Jackson, and Jake Curhan has also seen action at guard with Jackson and Haynes both unavailable after Haynes had to leave Seattle's Week 7 win with a concussion.
"We like the group a lot," Carroll said. "We liked the combinations that we can go to to fill the spots. Phillip has given us both sides of that the guard spots, Jake has been able to play for us, we're ready to play Stone (Forsythe) if we have to, he's ready to go. It's not a surprise that Kyle played well, because he did well last year when he played, and we know what he's capable of. He's very comfortable in the system very much in control. And he's has had a really good guy to look up to and to learn from, because Austin has been in such tremendous command of stuff. So Kyle is better too, and he showed it. He did a nice job yesterday. We do feel really good about the combinations we come up with."
Outside linebacker Darrell Taylor, who came into the game listed as questionable with a groin injury, was active and played three snaps early, but then had to come out of the game. Carroll said Taylor didn't re-injure himself and is no worse off for having attempted to play.
"He wasn't any worse," Carroll said. "He just couldn't go. He tried, he was very optimistic and hopeful. I think he got four plays, then he said, 'I just can't push off the way I need to.' He didn't re-injure himself."
Safety Ryan Neal, who left the game in the fourth quarter with hamstring cramps, then unsuccessfully tried to return before having to be helped off the field, is fine a day later.
"He had cramps," Carroll said. "Both hamstrings cramped up. He went back on the field like he was going to be the hero, and he couldn't even make it to the numbers. So it was a nice try, good effort and all that, but get your butt out of there."
As for players not yet back on the 53-man roster, Carroll said cornerback Tre Brown, who returned to practice last week, will see his workload increase, but it's too soon to know how quickly he'll return to game action.
"I think the trainers are going to want to see him sustain more solid days in a row before they really cut him loose," Carroll said. "But he practiced last week, and he was going full speed, but in limited numbers. So they'll increase his numbers for sure and just see how he handles it, and make an assessment at the end of the week. We're not going to rush to get him back after all the time he's been out, but he looked good last week, so I wouldn't be surprised if he's pushing by the end of the week to say he looks like he can play."
Outside linebackers Alton Robinson (knee) and Darryl Johnson (foot) are both trying to get back from injured reserve, but neither will practice this week.
"Both those guys are not ready to go yet," Carroll said. "Alton might be a little bit further away than Bam is. I was chomping at the bit to get Bam back this week, but (trainers) are telling us probably not that fast, so we're still a couple of weeks away on those guys."
Check out the best sights from the sideline and locker room following a 27-13 win over the New York Giants at Lumen Field.