LB David Hawthorne should play despite MCL sprain
By Liz Mathews
The Seahawks have very few injuries and one of the healthiest rosters in weeks heading into Monday night’s game.
â€œItâ€™s been a good week of preparation and we can tell that our guys are feeling pretty good â€“ the legs are there,” head coach Pete Carroll said after the Saturday walk-through. “Hopefully we can take that into the game and make a difference.â€
Carroll is hopeful that linebacker David Hawthorne is healthy enough to play come Monday night. Hawthorne was a full participant on Saturday after sitting out practice on both Thursday and Friday with a knee injury.
â€œYeah, we think heâ€™s going to be all right,” Carroll said. “He looked OK today. It was a good effort to rest him to get him strong for the game.â€
Hawthorne continues to suffer from a MCL sprain that has nagged him all season. While he doesn’t believe post-season surgery will be required, he does acknowledge that he will need considerable rest to heal up completely.
â€œWhen Iâ€™m out there, I ainâ€™t even thinking about it,â€ Hawthorne said. â€œI get adrenaline and I just go. Itâ€™s a situation that it ainâ€™t going to get no better until I get complete rest. So Iâ€™m just grinding through it, and Iâ€™m willing to do that for the boys.
“And if I can go,” he said of Monday night. “Iâ€™m gonna go.â€
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was once again a full participant in practice, marking his first complete week of reps since the pectoral injury.
â€œIt seems like a real gift, we just have not had it at all,” Carroll said of Jackson’s participation. “He feels great about it being able to put in a week of practice that he has been accustomed to, but he just has not had a chance to. Hopefully this will help his performance, but more importantly he feels good about it.
“Heâ€™s happy to be contributing on a day-to-day basis with his teammates. Itâ€™s really good.â€
Defensive end Raheem Brock should also be active on game day. “He looks like heâ€™s got a real chance,” Carroll said. “He worked through the whole practice today. This is a real precautionary thing that we did during the week because he had a calf that we didnâ€™t want to get beyond where it was and it looks like it worked out OK.â€
Cornerback Byron Maxwell is “back” from his bout of pneumonia according to Carroll, but remains questionable for Monday. “But Maxwell has got a chance to play in this game finally,” Carroll said. “He couldnâ€™t do anything three or four days ago and then after getting some preliminary work he just jumped right back and felt good, so itâ€™s good to have him back.
“We were real excited about him earlier in the year and itâ€™ll be great to see him come back and contribute in [special] teams like he was earlier.â€
Only cornerback Kennard Cox will be a game-time decision with a hamstring injury.
Below is the official injury report for Saturday.
OUT – NONE LISTED
DOUBTFUL – NONE LISTED
LB David Hawthorne (knee) – full participant
DE Raheem Brock (calf) – full participant
CB Byron Maxwell (illness) – full participant
CB Kennard Cox (hamstring) – limited participation
QB Tarvaris Jackson (pec) – full participant