Ziggy Ansah was one of the most significant additions the Seahawks made in the offseason, but prior to this week, the former Pro-Bowl pass-rusher had yet to practice with his new team.
That changed on Tuesday, however, with Ansah taking part in practice, a very positive step towards a potential return for the regular season opener.
“We’re really happy to get him out finally,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “It has been a long, rigorous return. He has busted his tail and he’s made it. We were hoping he would make it before the final week (of the preseason), which he did. So we’ll take it and see how far he can go.
“He has worked really hard on the outside, he has been doing all kinds of drills and movement stuff and throwing heavy things and butting into stuff and all that to get ready for this, and we feel really secure that he’s ready to go now.”
Ansah isn’t yet practicing fully and won’t play in Thursday’s preseason finale, but Carroll said, “he moved around fine. He went through the individual drills, he’ll do more tomorrow. He’s on his way back. His shoulder is healed and his groin in healed, and he’s ready to battle.”
In addition to the positive news on Ansah, here is the rest of what Carroll said about his team’s injury situation:
WR David Moore
Moore sustained an arm injury in practice last week that is expected to keep him out into the regular season, but not long enough to land him on injured reserve.
“David has a non-displaced fracture in his upper humerus,” Carroll said. “He’s not too uncomfortable. It’s sore, but he’s not too uncomfortable, so he’s going to be able to make a really quick recovery. What that is, we don’t know, we’ll just wait and see, but I would bet in another week or so, David is going to be chomping at the bit to come back, because he’s not going to feel much. He’s tough and all that, and it’s not going to hinder him in any way. So we’re going work him through the 53 and count on him to come back soon, which is really good.”
WR DK Metcalf
Metcalf is recovering from minor knee surgery performed last week.
“DK is going to be moving around this week, and we’ll see where he is,” Carroll said. “We have really high hopes that he’s going to make a really fast return. We just need to see how it goes one day at a time. He did some more stuff today, and all through this week he’ll be working to get him ready for next week to see how far he can take it. We don’t know at this time, but we’re very optimistic about a really quick return.”
G Mike Iupati
Iupati has been out for most of camp and the preseason with foot and calf injuries, but still has a chance to be back for next week’s opener.
“Doing well, making progress,” Carroll said. “It’s going to be a race to the finish for the first game. I don’t know, he’ll be close.”
Photos from Tuesday's practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in preparation for Thursday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.
S Marquise Blair
Blair practiced for the first time since sustaining a back bruise in Seattle’s second preseason game, and barring any setbacks, he should be able to play Thursday.
“He practiced today. I don’t know how that went, and we really won’t know until tomorrow, but he should be ready to go,” Carroll said. “This is not an injury that will sustain, we just hope that he doesn’t fall on it, then he can get to game time. We expect him to play quite a bit.”
LB Shaquem Griffin
Griffin, who bruised his knee in Seattle’s preseason opener and has missed the past two games, also practiced Tuesday.
“He should be OK,” Carroll said. “He’s got to come back tomorrow and be all right though, we’ve got to see what happens.”
C Joey Hunt
Hunt sustained a high-ankle sprain late in Saturday’s preseason game, Carroll said.
DT Nazair Jones
Jones, a 2017 third-round pick, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee injury. Asked about the injury, Carroll said, “It became chronic, so we just had to fix him up.”
The Seahawks and the Raiders will meet this Thursday in Seattle at CenturyLink Field for the final game of 2019 preseason. Take a look back at photos from past games played between the two teams.