The Seahawks opened their first practice of Week 4 with four players sidelined by injuries, including starting left tackle Duane Brown (biceps) and No. 2 running back Rashaad Penny (hamstring). Defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson (hip) and cornerback Neiko Thorpe (hamstring) were also held out for Seattle as the team readies for its road matchup against the Cardinals on Sunday in Arizona.
"We're going to rest him for a day and see how it goes," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said prior to Wednesday's practice of Brown, who injured his bicep in this past Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. "He's a little sore, but it's not a serious injury at this point. It's not the kind of damage or anything that we have to be concerned about, we've just got to get him ready for the game and we'll see how he does."
Carroll said Monday that Penny, whose injury sidelined him for this past weekend's game at CenturyLink Field, should be able to practice this week — "probably by Thursday" were Carroll's words, so stay tuned for a look at how Penny progresses on tomorrow's report.
Seven Seahawks were limited participants Wednesday, although two of them (Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf) were not injury related. Guard Ethan Pocic (back), defensive linemen Poona Ford (calf) and Ziggy Ansah (back), cornerback Tre Flowers (ankle), and running back Travis Homer (quadriceps) worked in limited fashion. Of that group, Carroll provided an update on Pocic before Wednesday's workout.
"Ethan's better, he's getting better," Carroll said. "He's going to get some work today to see how he responds to it. We won't know for a while."
Safety Tedric Thompson (hamstring), meanwhile, has missed the Seahawks' past two games to injury. He was a full participant during Wednesday's practice, but Carroll cautioned they'll take it one day at a time with Thompson's return.
"Tedric's going to practice today," Carroll said. "Again, those are always just one day at a time, see how he takes to the work and all that. He's worked his way back, though, to be ready to practice, so it'll be a little bit limited but we'll just go one day at a time and see how he progresses."
Also worth noting, tight end Ed Dickson's health was a topic of discussion during Carroll's Wednesday press conference after the team traded Nick Vannett to the Steelers and signed Luke Willson in his place. Dickson, who started the season on injured reserve, would be eligible to return to the active roster as early as the eighth week of the season.
"We'll see. Time's getting down there now and he's working at it," Carroll said of Dickson, who had knee surgery in August. "We really won't know until we get closer. I don't really have a good assessment for you. I'm concerned about it, though. The race is on."
On Dickson, Carroll later added: "He's on schedule, but I don't know until we get closer when he can really start working and we can see him. He's still in the rehab phases."
Did Not Participate
T Duane Brown (Biceps)
RB Rashaad Penny (Hamstring)
DE Quinton Jefferson (Hip)
CB Neiko Thorpe (Hamstring)
G Ethan Pocic (Back)
DT Poona Ford (Calf)
DE Ziggy Ansah (Back)
CB Tre Flowers (Ankle)
RB Travis Homer (Quadriceps)
WR Tyler Lockett (NIR)
WR DK Metcalf (NIR)
S Tedric Thompson (Hamstring)
Did Not Participate
WR Damiere Byrd (Hamstring)
OL Lamont Gaillard (Knee)
P Andy Lee (R Hip)
S Charles Washington (Shoulder)
DL Miles Brown (Shoulder)
DL Jonathan Bullard (Hamstring)
DL Corey Peters (NIR)
LB Ezekiel Turner (Hamstring/Hand)
Photos from Wednesday's Seahawks practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in preparation for Sunday's Week 4 game against the Arizona Cardinals.