Seahawks’ Carson, McDougald and Fluker expected to play vs Packers
The Seahawks entered a tough road game against the Rams short a few starters, including running back Chris Carson (hip) and right guard D.J. Fluker (calf). Linebacker K.J. Wright (knee) and strong safety Bradley McDougald (knee) also came into the game nursing injuries and were forced out of action at times, with Wright remaining sidelined.
Despite the short week, head coach Pete Carroll told reporters Monday that Carson, Fluker and McDougald are all expected to play Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers.
The team is taking a careful approach with Wright, who made his first start of 2018 in late October after spending six weeks recovering from knee surgery. The Seahawks did not practice Monday, but Carroll said that if they were to hit the field, Wright would not have been a participant.
Meanwhile, running back J.D. McKissic (foot) will have his return to practice postponed until next week. McKissic spent the first eight weeks of the season on the injured reserve list and became eligible to be activated to the active roster last week. However, Carroll implied McKissic’s recovery from a broken foot is extending that stay – at least for now.
The RB competition is back
Even without McKissic, the Seahawks should be plenty healthy at running back Thursday. With Carson back and both Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny available, Seattle will have three ball-carriers who have topped 100 yards rushing in a game this season at their use.
Carroll talked about the difficulty of handling playing time out of the backfield.
“When everybody’s healthy, not everybody’s going to get the ball a lot,” Carroll said about running back carries. “That’s just the way it goes. So we’ll figure that out and you’ll see how it comes together. Chris is going to be healthy this week and he’ll be excited to get back out there, too. So it’s a good group, it’s a good problem.”