Pete Carroll had a laundry list of updates on Wednesday regarding some of the most notable names on the Seattle Seahawks roster. The team will practice on Thursday and Friday before they depart for Los Angeles ahead of its third preseason contest against the Chargers on Saturday night.
Here are all the player updates from the Seahawks head coach.
1. DK Metcalf, WR
Metcalf had minor knee surgery on Tuesday and Carroll called him week-to-week.
“It was a minimal surgery with minimal findings,” Carroll said. “We don’t have any concern that he won’t get back soon.”
But how soon? Potentially in time for Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals? Carroll wouldn’t commit to any specific timetable.
“There’s no indication that it’s going to be a long return,” he said.
At this point, it’s probably safe to consider the high-profile rookie wideout a longshot for the opener. David Moore and Jaron Brown would see an uptick in usage for as long as Metcalf is sidelined.
2. Marquise Blair, S
Blair remains day-to-day with back spasms. He might be able to make it back in time for Saturday’s contest, but don’t be surprised to see the Seahawks opt to rest him, either.
3. Shaquem Griffin, LB
The second-year linebacker is still nursing a bruised knee. According to Carroll, Griffin had a good day on Tuesday but took a step back on Wednesday. He’s very questionable at this point to play against the Chargers.
4. Rashaad Penny, RB
Carroll was adamant that he’s all in on Penny, adding that the 2018 first-round pick is “fighting with Chris (Carson) every day” for reps. Seattle’s head coach made it sound like it will be a committee approach between the two, but I’m not sure I buy it. Carson has been the better player, and I don’t see Seattle forcing the issue with Penny if Carson continues to be the more productive runner.
“I love the way Chris plays, and I love the way Penny plays. We’re really fortunate to have two guys who can carry the load like that,” Carroll said.
5. Jamar Taylor, CB
Taylor continues to impress in the competition at nickel corner, and Carroll said the veteran has earned the opportunity to start there vs. the Chargers.
6. Paxton Lynch, QB
Lynch is yet to clear the concussion protocol, and Seattle is going to be cautious by keeping him out all week. Lynch’s neck is still sore from what Carroll classified as a “nasty hit.”
7. L.J. Collier, DL
It doesn’t sound like the team’s first-round pick is anywhere near returning to action. Carroll said that Collier is able to run, but his ankle hasn’t healed enough to cut yet. For all of the injuries to rookies this month, Collier’s high-ankle sprain has been the most troublesome for Carroll.
“L.J. is the one who is frustrating for me because he hasn’t had a shot yet,” the coach said.
8. Ethan Pocic/Mike Iupati
Mike Iupati has missed the last few weeks with foot and calf injuries, and Ethan Pocic has started at left guard in Iupati’s absence. Although Pocic has done well, Carroll is still expecting Iupati to be in the lineup in Week 1 as long as the veteran’s health permits.
“Ethan has done a great job stepping up with the starters,” Carroll said. “I’m really counting on Mike, but he’s got to get well.”
9. Preseason debuts
J.D. McKissic, C.J. Prosise and Lano Hill are all expected to play on Saturday.