DK Metcalf’s Surgery & Other Seahawks Injury Updates From Pete Carroll

The Seahawks returned to practice Wednesday, and did so with some players increasing their work loads as they prepare to make their preseason debuts in Saturday’s game in Los Angeles.

“We’ve got a chance to get a couple guys healthy too, coming back to us which is good,” Carroll said. “J.D. McKissic and C.J. Prosise are coming back out, got good work today and looked really good on the practice field. Lano Hill will also get a chance to play in this game for the first time so that’s a good deal.”

Not everyone will be available this week, and that includes receiver DK Metcalf, who had what Carroll called “a minimal surgery” on his knee.  

“It was a minimal surgery, minimal findings, so we have high expectations,” Carroll said. “We’ll go week to week with it and see how he does. We really don’t have any concern that he won’t get back soon. So we’re excited that we got it done. It was the kind of deal we could have put off and waited, but we thought we would use the timeframe we had available and hopefully it’ll work out just right for us.”

Prior to the surgery, Carroll had said Sunday that there was hope that Metcalf could be back for the start of the regular season. Asked if that was still the case, Carroll said, “We’re going to go week to week and see what happens. There’s no indication that it’s going to be a long return. It’s going to be a shorter return than a longer one. So we’ll see how we can deal with this, and keep our fingers crossed for him.”

Here are the other injury updates provided by Carroll Wednesday:

Safety Marquise Blair

Blair left Sunday’s game with back spasms and was not back on the field Wednesday.

“He had back spasms in the game and he just didn’t quite make it back today,” Carroll said. “He tried and wasn’t able to go, so that’s a day to day thing.”

Defensive End L.J. Collier

Collier, Seattle’s first-round pick in the 2019 draft, remains out with an ankle injury, but continues to make progress.

“We just talked about it today, and he’s doing a lot of stuff,” Carroll said. “He’s up and moving and all that and on the AlterG (anti-gravity treadmill) and all those kinds of things. Not quite to where he can load up on it and change direction on it yet, so not quite.”

Linebacker Shaquem Griffin

Griffin missed Sunday’s game with a knee bruise sustained in the preseason opener, and did not practice.

“He hasn’t responded yet,” Carroll said. “He had a pretty good day yesterday; it wasn’t quite as good this morning. He’s got a bruised knee that he’s just not quite back from yet.”

Quarterback Paxton Lynch

Lynch took a hard hit to the head on Sunday, and has not yet cleared the concussion protocol, Carroll said. As a result, he will be held out of Saturday’s game, while Geno Smith, who missed last weekend’s game after having a cyst removed from his knee, is expected to get significant playing time.

“We are going to hold him out this week,” Carroll said of Lynch. “He didn’t quite make it back and passing all of the protocol and all. We are just going to take care of him, we think it’s a good idea. Geno needs to play a lot, so it’ll work out. But really this is because we want to take care of Paxton, he took a nasty hit. His neck is still sore.”

Defensive Tackle Nazair Jones

Jones is dealing with a sore knee and did not practice Wednesday.

“He’s having problems with his knee,” Carroll said. “We are addressing that this week. He wasn’t out here today. He’s been working hard to try to quiet it down, it just hasn’t gone the way we want it to. He’s got a tendinitis type of thing that’s bothering him—that’s not an official evaluation. So you’ll know in the next couple days as we will, we are looking at him carefully.”

Receiver Amara Darboh

Darboh, who hasn’t played in the preseason, but has been able to practice, is expected to play on Saturday.

“He’s ready to come back this week,” Carroll said. “This should be a really good--this should be his week to return. He practiced all last week and he did a nice job, but we just felt that he needed another week to go ahead and get it done. He’s in good shape. He needs his playtime, because he hasn’t had a chance to show yet.”

Guard Phil Haynes

Haynes remains on the physically unable to perform list while working his way back from offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia.

“It’s just a matter of time,” Carroll said. “He’s running and doing some stuff now that gets him closer. He hasn’t quite gotten over the hump yet, but it’s a race to the opener if he can make it or not. The fact that it’s coming up to next week, it’s going to be hard for him. We have really high hopes for him.”

Game action photos from the Seattle Seahawks' second preseason game of 2019 against the Minnesota Vikings.

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