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A comprehensive Seattle Seahawks injury report

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A comprehensive Seattle Seahawks injury report

Pete Carroll had a laundry list of injury updates on Friday afternoon before the Seattle Seahawks took off for Los Angeles. The biggest news was David Moore suffering a shoulder injury during Thursday's practice.

Moore won’t be ready for the start of the regular season, and it sounds like the second-year wide receiver could be on the shelf for quite some time. Carroll didn’t sound optimistic at all that Moore would return in the near future. He’s likely headed for either short-term or season-ending Injured Reserve. In the meantime, Jaron Brown is the odds-on favorite to be Seattle’s No. 2 receiver in Week 1.

Here’s the rest of Seattle’s injury report.

- DK Metcalf (knee) is “on track to make a great recovery.” The rookie’s status remains up in the air for Week 1. Once he gets back to full speed, he’s likely to take over as the Seahawks No. 2 behind Tyler Lockett.

- Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder/groin) has a chance to practice next week. Carroll would really like to get him two full weeks of practice before the opener. Ansah’s shoulder is fine, he’s just working through the groin strain right now.

- Jamarco Jones (hip flexor) is really close to playing and may be available for the preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders.

- Shaquem Griffin (knee) won’t make it back to play vs. the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday. He’s day-to-day at this point.

- Marquise Blair (back) has a bruised back. He was earlier diagnosed with back spasms. Regardless, he won’t play against Los Angeles.

- Lano Hill (hip) will make his preseason debut. The Seahawks have eased him back into the fold but Carroll shared his eagerness to see the third-year safety play on Saturday.

- Bo Scarbrough (groin) won’t be ready to play against the Chargers.

- Mike Iupati (foot/calf) is taking part in walkthroughs and could practice as soon as next week. Carroll said Iupati will “certainly be ready for the opener barring any setbacks.”

- L.J. Collier (ankle) should be able to cut and change direction next week. He’s been “bouncing around” this week. “He looks like he’s ready to come back,” Carroll said. The Seahawks are being cautious with their 2019 first-round pick.

- George Fant (ankle) may return to practice next week. He’ll be ready for the opener, per Carroll.

- Ed Dickson (knee) is still “a ways away.” If Seattle wants to keep him around, they’ll have to put him on the active roster for a day before moving him to short-term Injured Reserve.

Pete Carroll ‘surprised’ by California law that would allow college athletes to make money off likeness

Pete Carroll ‘surprised’ by California law that would allow college athletes to make money off likeness

The debate over whether or not collegiate athletes should be paid has been ongoing for years, but it recently took an interesting turn.

California’s state legislature has passed a bill that would allow college athletes to make money off of their likeness via endorsements, autograph signings, etc. Several professional athletes have given their endorsement for the bill that is on its way to California governor Gavin Newsom.

Unsurprisingly, the NCAA is working to combat the law. The organization has reportedly sent a letter to Newsom to express its extreme concern on the matter.

Pete Carroll was asked for his thoughts on the bill on Wednesday. Carroll’s tenure as college coach was headlined by his time as USC’s head coach from 2001-09 where he won two national championships.

“I don’t know the real depth to (the law). I’ve never been the guy that feels players needed to be paid to play," Carroll said. "I’ve felt like their scholarship and all the advantages that the guys got was always a pretty darn good deal. To me that sounds like it’s an adult situation trying to make sense of a kid’s experience, and so they’ve justified it. I don’t know that it’s wrong, good for the kids and all, and if it’s the right thing then maybe the rest of the country adopts it. I never thought that it was necessary. Even though there’s times that are tough for kids who don’t have a lot of money to take as incidental spending and stuff like that, when a kid’s on scholarship, he’s taken care of pretty well. They can make it. To start that, I’m surprised it happened. We’ll see what happens.”

If passed, the law would be an unprecedented shakeup to the traditional norms of collegiate sports. The important distinction is that it wouldn’t allow programs to pay athletes, but merely to allow those athletes to make money off of their own fame.

Fann Mail: Is the NFC West the best division in football?

Fann Mail: Is the NFC West the best division in football?

Although the Seattle Seahawks are 2-0, there are still plenty of question marks surrounding the team. I’m of the belief that we still don’t know for sure who the Seahawks are going to be in 2019, and we may not learn much more in Week 3 against the Drew Brees-less New Orleans Saints.

Here’s a look at what’s gone right and what’s gone wrong thus far in this week’s mailbag. Thanks to those who sent in questions!

Jaron Brown has been quiet – so quiet that he hasn’t registered an official target in his 99 snaps through two weeks. He also had a pair of costly penalties against the Steelers. It’s conceivable that he moves down the depth chart or is cut all together. However, I don’t see those reps going to John Ursua or Gary Jennings. David Moore has a good shot to return against the Saints, and he’s the one who would assume Brown’s workload.

This, to me, is the Seahawks biggest concern at this point. Protection has been an issue in both games as Seattle has allowed eight total sacks so far. The quick passing game provided a remedy against the Steelers, but that doesn’t seem feasible as a long-term solution. The run blocking hasn’t been great either. The Seahawks averaged just 2.9 yards per carry in Week 1, and although they averaged 4.6 in Week 2, that number dips to 3.56 if you take out Rashaad Penny’s 37-yard touchdown run.

There aren’t any reinforcements coming so Seattle is going to have to figure it out and make it work with that they’ve got. The most troubling part of it all is that the o-line was supposed to be one of the team’s biggest strengths going into the season, and that simply hasn’t been the case through two weeks. D.J. Fluker missing time due to an ankle injury could make things worse before they get better. And make no mistake, they have to get better if Seattle is going to be a real contender in 2019.

You never want to overreact too much from one game, but Lano Hill showed that he deserves to be in the lineup. His interception on Pittsburgh’s two-point try was one of the biggest plays of the game. It will be interesting to see what happens when Tedric Thompson’s hamstring gets healthy because Seattle will have some decisions to make. Hill fared better than Thompson in their respective starts, but I’m curious to see if the Seahawks feel comfortable leaving Bradley McDougald at free safety all season. In my opinion, he’s better suited at strong.

As for Marquise Blair, I think he’ll continue to be the odd man out barring injury. I think people have rookie bias when it comes to Blair. He’s an enticing player and made a few big hits in the preseason, but he also had a few egregious errors as well. I don’t believe Pete Carroll trusts him yet, and the Seahawks have enough depth at safety to be patient and let Blair develop on the practice field.

I tried to tell people during the preseason that the NFC West was going to be way more competitive than many believed. There are three teams at 2-0 and the Arizona Cardinals have shown that they’re not going to be a cakewalk, either. The Rams are what they are. It’s still their division to lose. San Francisco finally has legitimate talent up and down the roster for the first time in years. The Cardinals offense already appears to be clicking with Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury.

The one caveat is that, similar to my earlier sentiments on the Seahawks, we don’t know exactly who the 49ers are yet. They’ve played a poor Buccaneers team and then walloped the Bengals. But both wins came on the road which is impressive. The Seahawks road game against the 49ers on “Monday Night Football” is the matchup I’m looking forward to most in 2019.

So, yes, I do think the NFC West is the best division in football. The NFC North is a close runner-up.

Everyone is thrilled to be 2-0 knowing full well that the team hasn’t played its best football yet. Not even close, for that matter. It’s always easier to review the tape and make corrections on things after a win. Seattle has caught some major breaks thus far and will again in Week 3 with avoiding Brees. That’s big for a team that’s a notoriously slow starter.

By the numbers: Defining stats from Seahawks 28-26 win over Steelers

By the numbers: Defining stats from Seahawks 28-26 win over Steelers

The Seattle Seahawks won ugly for the second straight week, but Sunday’s victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers looked much different than the Week 1 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Contrary to the opener, Seattle dominated Pittsburgh from a statistical standpoint. This time, it was the Seahawks who committed turnovers to keep the Steelers in the game. Here are the notable statistics and milestones from Seattle’s Week 2 win.

1 – sack for the Seahawks. A lack of a consistent pass rush is something Seattle expects to improve with Ziggy Ansah hopeful to play in Week 3.

1.89 – seconds from snap to release on average for Russell Wilson's pass attempts, per NextGen Stats. That's the quickest of any QB in a game since 2016.

2 – touchdowns for Will Dissly. He now has four scores in six career games. He doesn’t look like a guy coming off a gruesome knee injury, which is huge for Seattle’s offense.

2 – fumbles lost by Seattle. Chris Carson has now lost a fumble in both games to open the year.

3 – Seahawks touchdown drives of at least 75 yards.

5:34 – burned off the clock at the end of the fourth quarter on Seattle’s game-clinching 12-play drive.

10 – receptions for Tyler Lockett, his first game with double-digit receptions and the first such game for any Seahawks receiver since Doug Baldwin in 2017.

10 – Seahawks penalties for 93 yards. There were plenty more that weren’t enforced.

28 – yard touchdown for DK Metcalf, the first of his career. Metcalf is on pace for 56 receptions for 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns.

35:46 – time of possession for Seattle, a vast improvement from the team’s 24:10 TOP in Week 1.

54 – yards for Malik Turner on three receptions. Both numbers were career highs.

75 – yards for Ben Roethlisberger in the first half before leaving with an elbow injury, illustrating the fantastic start for Seattle’s defense.

84 – yards for JuJu Smith Schuster, 45 of which came on a flea flicker. That’s a job well done by the Seahawks secondary.

100 – wins for Pete Carroll as Seattle’s head coach.

100 – percent in the red zone for the second consecutive game. Seattle was  2-2 on Sunday and is now 4-4 through two weeks.

131 – passer rating for Wilson, his second straight game with a passer rating of at least 130 to open the season.

200 – career passing touchdowns for Wilson. Wilson became the fifth-fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach the milestone. He’s also the first player to ever throw for 200 touchdowns (201) and run for 15 touchdowns (16) in his first eight seasons.

261 – total yards allowed, a vast improvement from the 429 yards allowed to Cincinnati.

425 – total yards gained, a vast improvement from the 232 yards gained against Cincinnati.

Week 2 grades: Best and worst Seahawks players according to Pro Football Focus

Week 2 grades: Best and worst Seahawks players according to Pro Football Focus

Pro Football Focus’ grades are in following the Seattle Seahawks Week 2 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here are the players who stood out in the 28-26 victory and others who didn’t grade out as favorably.

Top 4 on offense

TE Will Dissly – 92.2

Dissly caught all five of his targets for 50 yards and two touchdowns.

QB Russell Wilson – 83.9

Wilson was stellar, completing 83% of his passes and throwing for 300 yards and three touchdowns.

WR Malik Turner – 79.1

Turner caught all three of his targets for 54 yards. Unfortunately, with David Moore potentially returning in Week 3, Turner’s opportunities may be limited.

WR DK Metcalf – 67.8

 Metcalf caught what ended up being the game-winning touchdown, a 28-yard score in the four quarter. He caught 3-of-7 targets for 61 yards and his first-career touchdown.

Bottom 4 on offense

G Ethan Pocic – 32.3

Pocic played 22 snaps – 20 at right guard when D.J. Fluker was out with an ankle injury and two snaps at left guard when Mike Iupati left briefly.

G D.J. Fluker – 32.7

Fluker struggled before leaving the game with an ankle injury. He was responsible for two of the sacks against Wilson. Fluker returned in the second half and finished the game.

WR Jaron Brown – 47.4

Jaron Brown wasn’t targeted for the second straight week, and he was also called for a pair of penalties.

T George Fant – 55.6

Fant played 16 snaps against the Steelers.

Top 4 on defense

CB Tre Flowers – 71.9

Flowers rebounded nicely after a subpar performance in Week 1. He had two tackles and earned a 71 coverage grade.

S Lano Hill – 67.3

Hill made a fantastic first impression in 2019. He recorded three tackles, and intercepted Mason Rudolph on a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game at 21.

CB Jamar Taylor – 64.6

Like Hill, Taylor also showed well in Pittsburgh. The veteran looks to have the nickel job locked up.

DT Al Woods – 63.6

Woods had four tackles as he continues to anchor the middle of the Seahawks defensive line while Jarran Reed serves his six-game suspension.

Bottom 4 on defense

DT Brian Mone – 50.2

Mone was kept off the stat sheet in 23 snaps.

S Bradley McDougald – 54.2

McDougald had three tackles and an interception in the second half but had just a 42.8 tackling grade.

LB Bobby Wagner – 56.2

This one is surprising as Wagner had just a 36.7 grade in run defense. Wagner had seven tackles against the Steelers – a low number by his standards.

DE Brandon Jackson – 56.5

Jackson accounted for Seattle’s lone sack and only two quarterback hits.

Seahawks to face Drew Brees-less Saints in Week 3

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Seahawks to face Drew Brees-less Saints in Week 3

The Seattle Seahawks continue to catch break after break in the early going of the 2019 regular season. Drew Brees, who injured his thumb on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, will miss at least six weeks with a torn ligament.

That means Teddy Bridgewater will start for the New Orleans Saints in Week 3 against the Seahawks. Bridgewater completed 17-of-30 pass attempts against the Rams for 165 yards, no touchdowns and no picks. Seattle is also likely to see a hefty dose of gadget quarterback Taysom Hill. Sean Payton is sure to get creative in how to give the Saints the best chance to win at CenturyLink Field without Brees.

The Saints offense still has plenty of weapons, notably Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, but next Sunday's game now becomes a must-win for Seattle.

This will be the third week in a row that the Seahawks have benefitted from significant injuries to the opposing team. The Cincinnati Bengals were missing left tackle Cordy Glenn and star wideout A.J. Green in Week 1. Ben Roethlisberger left Sunday's game with an elbow injury and didn't play the entire second half. Now Seattle will get to host the Saints without their Hall of Fame quarterback.

Make no mistake, the Seahawks don't owe anybody an apology for their good fortune. Seattle is a notorious slow starter and simply need to take advantage of the opportunity that has presented itself. As long as they take care of business, they'll be sitting pretty at 3-0 ahead of a Week 4 road game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Seahawks Snap Count: Rashaad Penny sees more usage in Week 2

Seahawks Snap Count: Rashaad Penny sees more usage in Week 2

The Seattle Seahawks found a way to win ugly for the second straight week, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-26 and jumping out to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2013. Let's dive into the game book for our weekly breakdown of snap counts. Here's a look at who played against the Steelers, how much and what might be meaningful takeaways moving forward.

Full summary of reps on offense and defense:

Takeaways:

- Rashaad Penny saw his usage creep up (33% in Week 2 compared to 26% in Week 1) due to two factors. One being his production and the other being Chris Carson's (43 snaps) costly fumble in the second quarter. Penny finished the game with 10 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown -- a 37-yard run late in the third quarter. On the score, Penny made an impressive cut in the backfield to make a man miss before accelerating towards the end zone. We could be on our way to more of a timeshare if Penny continues to produce and Carson can't solve his fumbling problem.

- L.J. Collier played 16 snaps in his NFL debut but was quiet overall, being kept out of the box score completely.

- Ethan Pocic played 22 snaps despite not starting. He played right guard for 20 when D.J. Fluker left the game with an ankle injury and two at left guard when Mike Iupati left the game briefly. Both Fluker and Iupati returned.

- Jadeveon Clowney was quiet in his 39 snaps. He had two tackles and one PBU on a pass batted down at the line of scrimmage. Seattle's pass rush was quiet overall as Branden Jackson accounted for the Seahawks lone sack and only two quarterback hits.

- Jaron Brown played 58 snaps but wasn't targeted for the second straight week. He's now played 99 snaps without being targeted once through two games.

- DK Metcalf is on pace for 56 receptions for 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns after catching three passes for 61 yards and his first career touchdown -- a 28-yarder in the fourth quarter. He played 70 snaps against the Steelers, the same amount as Tyler Lockett.

- John Ursua played two snaps in his NFL debut but wasn't targeted.

- Malik Turner made the most of his 16 snaps, catching a career high three passes for 54 yards. All of that production came in the first half.

- C.J. Prosise saw his first action of the regular season, playing 10 snaps. He carried the ball two times for seven yards and caught three passes for 13 yards.

- As expected, Jamar Taylor took over as Seattle's starting nickel corner and played 19 snaps.

Analysis: Russell Wilson proves again why he’s one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks

Analysis: Russell Wilson proves again why he’s one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks

Russell Wilson showed Sunday that he’s worth every penny of the lucrative $140 million contract he signed this offseason. He completed 29-of-35 pass attempts (83%) for 300 yards and three touchdowns in the Seahawks 28-26 win against the Steelers at Heinz Field.

He overcame protection issues, took the reins of the offense and carried Seattle to a second straight win to begin the season. And that’s nothing new. Wilson has been a clutch performer since he entered the league in 2012, and he’s done nothing but improve season-by-season.

The reaction of his teammates, or lack thereof, is what’s so telling. At this point, it’s just Russ being Russ.

“That’s just him,” Chris Carson said. “He’s always making big time plays in big time situations. That’s nothing new.”

Even Pete Carroll was ho hum in his praise of Wilson. The Seahawks allowed three early sacks (four total). Brian Schottenheimer made an adjustment to go with some tempo and quick passes and Wilson orchestrated every call to near-perfection.

“We put Russ in command of the rhythm of the game,” Carroll said. “All the quick stuff he did a really good job on.”

Per NextGen Stats, Wilson's average time to throw was 1.89 seconds, the quickest of any QB in a game since 2016. He made checks at the line of scrimmage into blitz beaters and utilized Tyler Lockett on underneath routes all game long. Lockett finished with a career high 10 receptions for 79 yards.

Then, when the opportunity presented itself, Wilson took a shot down the left sideline and threw a dime to DK Metcalf for a 28-yard touchdown.

“I think he played phenomenal,” Lockett said. “He did a lot of great things. He did whatever we needed to do to win. … Just to be able to see him put himself in a position where he allowed us to be successful in every single way. He knew when to check to certain things. He knew when to run certain plays.”

Wilson saved his best for last. After a fumbled exchange betweet Wilson and Carson allowed Pittsburgh to get within two, Wilson engineered an immaculate drive that burned the final 5:34 off the clock. He scrambled three times on the final possession of the game, something he hasn’t done much of through two weeks.

The first was a 10-yard run to convert 2nd-and-9. Wilson then ran for nine yards to convert 2nd-and-7, but the play was called back due to a holding penalty. Two plays later, on 3rd-and-16, Wilson took off once again and gained 15 yards to set up Carson’s game-clinching 2-yard run on fourth down.

“We knew they were going to make the plays they needed to and that Russ was going to do a great job,” Bobby Wagner said casually of the offense’s ability to seal the win.

And Wagner’s comments capture the common sentiment regarding Wilson: When he’s got the ball in his hands in a close game, the expectation is that he’s going to come through.

Through two games, Wilson is 43-of-55 passing (78%) for 496 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. His second touchdown on Sunday, a 12-yard pass to Will Dissly in the third quarter, was the 200th passing touchdown of his career. Wilson became the fifth-fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach the milestone. He’s also the first player to ever throw for 200 touchdowns (201) and run for 15 touchdowns (16) in his first eight seasons.

Wilson is already among the upper echelon of NFL superstars. Sunday’s performance was just another reminder.

Seattle Seahawks douse Pete Carroll following 100th win as Seattle's head coach

Seattle Seahawks douse Pete Carroll following 100th win as Seattle's head coach

PITTSBURGH -- Pete Carroll was noticeably drenched during his postgame press conference following the Seattle Seahawks 28-26 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field.

The Seahawks had ample reason to rejoice – they’re now 2-0 for the first time since 2013 and won a game in one of the NFL’s most challenging venues for visiting teams. Beyond that, Carroll celebrated his 68th birthday on Sunday and the win marked his 100th as Seattle’s head coach.

Carroll, without offering many details, hinted that he was the focal point of some locker room festivities.

“It’s a proud statement to make that we’re able to do that here,” Carroll said of the 100 win milestone. “I love it so much that we’re doing it for the people and the fans that love us so much. I’m thrilled about it.”

Bobby Wagner was kind enough to add color to what transpired following Seattle’s big road win.

Wagner and Bradley McDougald discussed how to honor Carroll. Tackle him? No, Wagner thought, that option was too aggressive, even though Carroll is spry for 68. McDougald suggested dumping a full bucket of water on Carroll. That, too, was deemed a bit much. Instead, the team emptied the cooler in the locker room and doused their head coach with bottles of water.

“It was everything – his birthday, 100th win has a coach, his energy,” Wagner said. “We just wanted him to know how much we were thinking about him, and we understand how much work he puts in to help us get where we want to be.”

Carroll built the culture in Seattle with his exuberance, optimism and leadership. Those qualities continue to be the engine that propels the Seahawks now in Carroll’s 10th season as head coach.

“He’s very positive, and you feed off positivity,” Wagner said. “No matter how high or how low you are, he remains the same.”

Games like Sunday’s narrow win highlight Carroll’s impact on the entire roster. The Seahawks lost a fumble late in the fourth quarter while up two scores. Pittsburgh found the end zone on the very next play to make it a two-point game with 5:34 remaining.

The Seahawks responded with a clutch drive without ever having to punt it back to Pittsburgh. Chris Carson iced the game with a 2-yard run to convert on 4th-and-1, and Russell Wilson was able to take three knees from there.

Seattle’s resolve stems from Carroll’s optimism. A team without the Seahawks mental toughness could have very easily folded and blown a game like that – especially on the road.

“He introduces the culture,” Tyler Lockett said. “People who come from other teams see it, and they’ll do anything to be able to stay. They realize how different it is. They’re able to have fun. They’re able to compete. They’re able to love football again. Some people lose that love when they go to other teams.

Added Wagner: "We have a lot of grit. Our mindset is not like any other team."

Wilson, who played a dazzling game with 300 yards and three touchdowns, presented Carroll with the game ball amid the locker room hoopla.

“I have a lot of respect for who he is as a person, who he is as a coach and what he’s meant for this city and this football team,” Wilson said.

Social media reacts as Seahawks take down Steelers for first 2-0 start since 2013

Social media reacts as Seahawks take down Steelers for first 2-0 start since 2013

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had never been to Pittsburgh prior to Sunday’s Week 2 meeting with the Steelers, but he knew he was in for something else.

“We’re going to their home, their first home game,” Wilson said last Thursday. “It’s going to be loud. It’s going to be intense. It’s just football. We’ve got to be ready to play and be on our stuff and be clear and play sharp.”

Wilson was right about two things: the stories about the roaring fans known as Steelers Nation are 100 percent accurate. And two, the Seahawks needed to be on their game to get a win at Pittsburgh for the first time in 20 years.

Both happened on Sunday, as the Seahawks defeated the Steelers 28-26 in a hard-fought showdown at Heinz Field.

Here’s a look at how fans and media reacted to the Seahawks victory. You can also read Seahawks Insider Joe Fann’s three takeaways from the game here.

The Seahawks trailed by 7 to start the game, but Russell Wilson soon found tight end Will Dissly for a 14-yard touchdown to tie up the game.

The Will Dissly show wasn’t over in the first quarter. The second-year tight end connected with Wilson once again for his second touchdown catch of the night.

Following halftime, running back Rashaad Penny stepped around the tackle and broke into open space for a 37-yard run for the touchdown.

The Seahawks led by just two points with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, but that all changed when Wilson found rookie wide receiver DK Metcalf in the end zone for the first time of Metcalf’s NFL career.

The Seahawks are headed back to Seattle in Week 3. They’ll take on the New Orleans Saints next Sunday at 1:25 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.