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Wednesday Practice Report: Four Seahawks Sidelined To Open Saints Practice Week

Offensive linemen Ethan Pocic and D.J. Fluker as well as defensive backs Neiko Thorpe and Tedric Thompson were held from the Seahawks' first practice of Week 3.


Ahead of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks opened the week of practice with four players held from action because of injuries. Offensive linemen Ethan Pocic (neck) and D.J. Fluker (ankle) as well as defensive backs Neiko Thorpe (hamstring) and Tedric Thompson (hamstring) did not participate Wednesday.

On Fluker, who was the only injury reported from this past Sunday's win against the Steelers, leaving the game briefly with an ankle injury but returning to finish the contest, Carroll said: "He went through the walkthrough and he's going to try to get some work today. He's giving me a thumbs up like he's ready to go. We'll have to wait and see how the week goes."

Asked if any other injuries came out of the Seahawks' 28-26 road win, Carroll pointed to Pocic, stating, "Ethan Pocic's going to miss a little bit of time here during the week. We think he's going to play, but he's got a stiff neck. We'll see how he does."

Meanwhile, Thompson and Thorpe, who were both injured in the regular-season opener and inactive for the Week 2 win at Pittsburgh, are in similar situations this week as they continue to recover from hamstring injuries.

"It's still touch and go to make it back for this week, but he's working really hard, he's really determined," Carroll said of Thompson. "If not this week it'll be next week. He's right around the corner from it. We'll see what happens by the end of the week."

"He's kind of like Tedric in that we're not sure if he can make it back or not," Carroll added of Thorpe. "He'll work through the week and we'll see. We miss both those guys, but they're both kind of in the same situation right now."

On a positive note for Seattle, defensive tackle Poona Ford (calf), who missed the game in Pittsburgh due to an injury sustained in Week 1, practiced in limited fashion Wednesday and is holding an attitude as if he'll play in Sunday's game against the Saints.

"Poona's going to practice. We'll see how he does," Carroll said. "He'll be on a little bit of a pitch count during the week and we'll see how he does and handles it and we'll look forward to him playing. You talk to him, he thinks he's playing, so his attitude is perfect to get back. We'll see if we can get that done." 

On the offensive side of the football, center Joey Hunt (ankle) saw his first practice time since getting hurt in the preseason finale, going limited on Wednesday, and Carroll said he expects receiver David Moore (shoulder) to be back this week after missing the first two games to injury.

"Yes. There's a really good chance," Carroll said of Moore. "He's got to go day to day here, but he's practicing to play, so that's a real boost for us."

And Ziggy Ansah (shoulder), one of the team's top offseason acquisitions who like Moore has missed the first two regular-season games, was a full participant in practice Wednesday.

"It'd be great to get Ziggy out there," Carroll said. "He's really chomping at the bit finally to get out on the field, so we'll see how it goes."

Here's Wednesday's practice report for both teams:

Seattle Seahawks

Did Not Participate

G Ethan Pocic (Neck)
CB Neiko Thorpe (Hamstring)
S Tedric Thompson (Hamstring)
G D.J. Fluker (Ankle)

Limited Participation

T Duane Brown (NIR)
DE Jadeveon Clowney (NIR)
WR Tyler Lockett (NIR)
WR DK Metcalf (NIR)
LB K.J. Wright (NIR)
WR Jaron Brown (Toe)
G Mike Iupati (Foot)
DE Quinton Jefferson (Hip)
WR David Moore (Shoulder)
DT Poona Ford (Calf)
C Joey Hunt (Ankle)

Full Participation

DE Ziggy Ansah (Shoulder)

New Orleans Saints

Did Not Participate

QB Drew Brees (R Thumb)
WR Tre'Quan Smith (Ankle)

Limited Participation

WR Ted Ginn (Thigh)
RB Zach Line (Knee)
G Andrus Peat (Ankle)
DT Sheldon Rankins (Achilles)

Photos from Wednesday's Seahawks practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in preparation for Sunday's Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints.

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