Seahawks injury update: Jamal Adams, Chris Carson among long list banged up in Week 3

Sep 27, 2020, 7:07 PM | Updated: Sep 28, 2020, 11:02 am
Seahawks safety Jamal Adams...
Seahawks safety Jamal Adams came out of Sunday's win with a groin strain. (Getty)

Update Sept. 28, 11:02 a.m.: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll provided several updates on injuries suffered by Seahawks players in their Week 3 game when he joined 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny and Gallant for his weekly Pete Carroll Show on Monday morning. Click here for that story.

Injuries continued to pile up across the NFL as Week 3 neared its conclusion, and entering the Seahawks’ showdown with the Cowboys, they were without three defensive starters and two role players. That list looks like it could be getting longer.

Seahawks 38, Cowboys 31 | Instant Reaction | Quick Hits

Starting linebacker Bruce Irvin and starting nickel cornerback Marquise Blair each had a torn ACL in a Week 2 Seattle win, and ahead of Seattle’s Week 3 win over the Cowboys, starting cornerback Quinton Dunbar was out with a knee injury, special teams captain and cornerback Neiko Thorpe was out with a hip injury and, surprisingly, backup safety Lano Hill was out with a hip/back injury that the team learned about on Sunday.

Now, other key starters on defense, the offensive line and in the backfield could miss time. Here’s what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of his team’s health after the game.

Key defenders leave with injuries

All-Pro safety Jamal Adams and first-round linebacker Jordyn Brooks, who was making his first NFL start, left the game and didn’t return to action.

Adams, arguably Seattle’s best defender, had an issue with his groin and appeared to pull himself out of the game. His status going forward is unclear.

“Jamal Adams has got a groin strain,” Carroll said. “Don’t know what’s going to happen to that. He’s pretty tight.”

Brooks’ issue was his knee. That proved to be a common theme for the Seahawks leaving Week 3.

“Jordyn Brooks had a knee sprain also earlier in the game. Guys rolled up on him,” Carroll said.

Offensive line

Only one starter on the offensive line, right tackle Brandon Shell, appears to be 100%. Carroll didn’t discuss left tackle Duane Brown, who is often limited or given the day off in practice for veteran rest and to help his knee, but the three other starters got hurt against the Cowboys, though only one left the game and didn’t return.

“Damien Lewis has an ankle sprain,” Carroll said. “X-rays were negative … I think it’s (called) a lateral ankle sprain.”

Left guard Mike Iupati left with “a knee situation” but returned and finished the game. Center Ethan Pocic has an injury that those watching the game likely noticed.

“Pocic had a knee issue that he finished the game with,” Carroll said. “I don’t know how he did that, but he did.”

Carson hurt again

Fourth-year running back Chris Carson has never played a full 16-game season and it looks like he could be in danger of that being the case again in 2020.

“Chris got his knee twisted at the end of a play,” Carroll said. “I don’t know about that, but he’s got a sprained knee to some extent.”

Carson hasn’t been asked to be a true “bell cow” this season like the last two years where he rushed for over 1,000 yards, but he’s remained a key part of the offense, catching three touchdowns in the first two games and taking 14 carries for 64 yards on Sunday. If he’s out, Carlos Hyde will likely carry the burden of the carries while second-year back Travis Homer and rookie DeeJay Dallas fill in.

Rashaad Penny, a 2018 first-round pick, is on the Physically Unable to Perform list after he tore his ACL last season during Week 14. Since he’s on PUP, that means he is out for at least the first six weeks of the year, and after that the Seahawks will have five weeks to get him practicing. Once Penny begins practicing, Seattle has three weeks to add him to the active roster. If he isn’t added to the roster, he will not eligible to play in 2020.

Other injury notes

As mentioned, the NFL and the Seahawks are bring hit hard by injuries to start 2020 and Carroll said the team is well aware of the issues guys are having.

“We did stuff all across the board anticipating that this is a big burden for them right now. It’s a big burden to be playing these football games,” he said. “… It seems like this is really a challenge for the players to make it through these first few weeks of the season.”

If players are placed on injured reserve for at least three weeks, that would open up spots on the roster. Carroll said general manager John Schneider is “working day and night to try and stay ahead of it.”

Follow Brandon Gustafson on Twitter.

O’Neil: Hard to imagine Seahawks losing with Wilson now, despite defense

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Russell Wilson Ryan Tannehill...
The Associated Press

QB wristbands trending NFL topic after comments by Seahawks’ Carroll

Whether Pete Carroll meant it as a barb for Russell Wilson or a bouquet for Geno Smith, the Seahawks coach made play-calling wristbands a hot topic.
1 day ago
Seahawks Boye Mafe...
Joe Fann

Fann: 3 Seahawks X-factors for the remainder of the season

Getting contributions from three players on defense would give the Seahawks a big boost in the quest for the NFC West title down the stretch.
2 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brandon Gustafson

Former agent breaks down Seahawks QB Geno Smith’s market, potential contract

Former agent and current CBS contributor Joel Corry breaks down what a deal for Seahawks QB Geno Smith looks like as well as his market.
3 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Brent Stecker

Moyer: One way Seahawks can open pass game up more for Geno

Seahawks analyst and former NFL safety Paul Moyer sees a small issue QB Geno Smith is minimizing for Seattle but could be big if shored up.
4 days ago
Seahawks Broncos Russell Wilson...
Stacy Rost

A Denver perspective of Seahawks’ trade of Russell Wilson to Broncos

Orlando Franklin, host at 104.3 The Fan discussed what's gone wrong for Russell Wilson and the Broncos since the trade with the Seahawks.
4 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smitjh...
Brandon Gustafson

Bumpus: What Seahawks must get back to on offense, defense vs Raiders

After a tough loss ahead of the bye week, Michael Bumpus is looking for the Seahawks to do a few specific things against the Raiders.
5 days ago
Seahawks injury update: Jamal Adams, Chris Carson among long list banged up in Week 3