Seattle is heading into an already difficult matchup this Sunday at the Los Angeles Rams. Factor in that running back Chris Carson and guard D.J. Fluker are banged up and getting a win at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum could prove to be a downright impossible task.
Both remained out of practice for a third consecutive day after each left last week's loss to the Chargers at home early. Carson is nursing a hip injury. Fluker's calf is bothering him.
Safety Neiko Thorpe (groin) and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (foot) returned to practice today after missing Wednesday and Thursday.
Linebacker K.J. Wright (knee) and safety Bradley McDougald (knee) were limited in practice today after being held out of the first two practices of the week.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters that Carson has gotten better but his availability on Sunday he would be a game-time decision. Same with Fluker.
"We’ve got to hold him out the whole time and see how he does when we work him out at the stadium,” Carroll said.
In fact, it appears that most guys on the injured list will be evaluated prior to the game, including McDougald and Wright.
“We’re just going to make sure – any of the guys who are coming back this late, we’ve got to make sure that the work that they did today doesn’t set them back so in essence, we’re waiting until game day but he looked pretty good and got enough done," Carroll said.
“The soft tissue thing’s kind of hanging with him a little bit," Carroll said earlier in the week. "This hip thing is still kind of there and we’ve got to wait and see how he comes out at the end of the week. Those are concerns, so the managing of the running back who is getting the big load of plays is always in our mentality."
Should Carson not be able to go, the Seahawks will turn to Mike Davis, who in Carson's absence at the Cardinals rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
"Mike is ready," Carroll said. "He has been a guy that has just been on the ready whenever we call on him. He’s got a great attitude about it. If that was the case, (we have) C.J. (Prosise) there as well to complement with Rashaad (Penny). We have a good group. We have some depth there that we feel comfortable with, but Mike in particular did a very nice job again this week. He’s ready to roll.”