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"Wait and See" On Geno Smith & Other Seahawks Injury Updates

Injury updates from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll ahead of his team’s trip to the Bay Area.


The Seahawks will head to the Bay Area this weekend to face one of the NFL's top teams with some uncertainty at quarterback.

Geno Smith, who has not missed a start since taking over the job at the start of last season, is listed as questionable for the game, the result of a groin injury sustained in Thursday's practice.

"He just tweaked his groin a little bit yesterday, just kind of stumbled over somebody," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said following Friday's practice.

Asked if Smith will play Sunday against the 49ers, Carroll said, "We'll see. We rested him today."

Carroll was then asked if that meant Smith is a game-day decision, and said, "Yeah, we're going to wait and see."

If Smith were unable to go, that would mean Drew Lock would get his first start since joining the team, and Carroll said Lock will be ready if that is the case because of the "really disciplined about the way he focuses every week" in his role as the No. 2 quarterback.

"He's been waiting for this opportunity, looking forward to it and preparing for it," Carroll said. "If this comes to pass, then he is as ready as he can get."

The Seahawks also added veteran quarterback Sean Mannion to the practice squad to give them extra depth at that spot. Mannion spent last season with Seattle on the practice squad, and impressed Carroll with how quickly he jumped back into the offense despite having recently spent time with the Vikings.

"Amazing recall that he can jump back in—he's been with another team here just a couple weeks ago with Minnesota," Carroll said. "He's a very special football player in that he has so much command, so that's really a benefit for us."

For Mannion to be available for Sunday's game, the Seahawks would have to elevate him from the practice squad by Saturday.

The Seahawks are hoping to have Kenneth Walker III back following a two-game absence due to an oblique injury. Both he and running back Zach Charbonnet, who left last week's game with a bruised knee, were full participants Friday and are listed as questionable.

"Both of those guys looked pretty good," Carroll said. "They looked pretty good. We've got to see what happens tomorrow, see how they feel and all that, but both guys worked today."

Potentially having both of those running backs back in action would be a big boost for Seattle's offense.

"(Walker) has got a real style about him that we love," Carroll said. "He's really quick and explosive, elusive. Like I've been saying the whole time, we love having those two guys going at it, because they're so uniquely different. It would be fun to have them out there. We'll be looking forward to that."

The Seahawks are also hoping to get back linebacker Jordyn Brooks, who is questionable due to the ankle injury that knocked him out of last week's game in Dallas. Brooks was listed as a limited participant Friday. 

"He made it through practice today, so we'll have to wait and see how he is," Carroll said.

Defensive lineman Jarran Reed didn't practice Friday and is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, but Carroll indicated Reed is OK, saying, "We were just giving him a break today."

Also questionable is starting cornerback Tre Brown, who injured his heel earlier in the week in a walkthrough.

"He worked today, so he's got a chance to be OK," Carroll said. "He needed a couple of days. He landed funny on his heel or something a couple days ago in the walkthrough, so we're just making sure."

Also questionable is receiver Dee Eskridge, with Carroll noting, "That's a good designation for him right now. He's trying to get back."

Take a look at the 53-man roster for the 2023 Seahawks.

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