Carroll: Seahawks’ Week 3 injuries, including Jamal Adams and Chris Carson, appear minor

Sep 28, 2020, 10:50 AM | Updated: 3:30 pm
Seahawks RB Chris Carson...
Seahawks RB Chris Carson suffered a minor knee sprain against the Cowboys. (Getty)

The Seahawks left their Week 3 win over the Dallas Cowboys in rather rough shape, with four starters exiting the game due to injuries. The good news is that a day after that game, it appears none of those players will be missing significant time, though whether they’ll play in Week 4 in Miami is unclear.

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Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll joined Danny and Gallant on Monday morning for The Pete Carroll Show, which airs live at 9:30 a.m. the day after each Seahawks game on 710 ESPN Seattle, and talked about the long list of injuries his team suffered in Week 3. All players who left the game received MRIs and suffered “the minor (grade) of the injury,” Carroll said.

The first player people will likely be looking for an update on is All-Pro safety Jamal Adams, who left the game in the second half with a groin injury and didn’t return.

“It was really bothering him after the game,” Carroll said. “He was really bummed out because he wants to play so badly as you can imagine how important it is to him. He too had a first-degree strain, so we’ll have to see how that goes and we’ll go day by day with that.”

Carroll added during his usual Monday afternoon press conference that Adams will face a tough road to be healthy enough to play in Seattle’s Week 4 game against Miami.

Adams, who has been arguably the Seahawks’ best defender this year, does a lot in coverage and rushing the passer, so any time he misses leaves a major void in Seattle’s defense.

Another big-name player who was forced out of action was running back Chris Carson. Carson injured his knee when Cowboys defensive lineman Trysten Hill appeared to purposefully twist it as Carson was down after a rushing attempt. Carroll didn’t mince words with how he felt about what Hill did.

“Yeah, I was really (ticked) about that one,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with that, but I was (ticked) because that guy hurt him, unfortunately.”

As far as Carson’s status, he has a first-degree knee sprain and his status is up in the air. Carroll said it’s harder for a running back to play through that injury than a bigger player like an offensive lineman.

Speaking of offensive linemen, rookie right guard Damien Lewis was knocked out with an ankle injury. The third-round pick may be able to go in Week 4, though.

“He sprained his ankle. Normal sprain, not a high-ankle sprain,” Carroll said. “He was pretty sore after the game. He has a chance to play (next Sunday). Just have to see how he responds to it. For an offensive lineman, he has a better chance than maybe a skill guy would with this injury. It wasn’t serious, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Fellow rookie Jordyn Brooks, the team’s first-round pick who made his first NFL start at linebacker against Dallas, injured his knee when a member of the Cowboys’ offense blocked him in a way the team wasn’t expecting. His status is similar to that of Adams, Carson and Lewis.

“He has a first-degree strain that we’ve got to see what happens with him as he goes through it. It just depends how he responds,” Carroll said. “Again, it’s a little bit harder for the linebackers and the running backs and stuff like that with the knee, but we’ll see.”

Two other players who were dealing with injuries ahead of Sunday’s game and didn’t suit up against the Cowboys are starting cornerback Quinton Dunbar and backup safety Lano Hill.

Dunbar was inactive with a knee injury that caused him to miss some practice time last week while Hill’s back injury flared up over the weekend. Hll had practiced fully and wasn’t on Seattle’s injury report all week leading into the game. Carroll sounded optimistic about the two of them playing against the Dolphins.

“There’s a chance on both of them, particularly for Lano,” he said. “He had something he woke up with and we checked him out and (got him X-rays) and all that stuff. Everything turned out negative, but he was real uncomfortable.”

Hill’s discomfort is near the hip that was seriously injured in 2018 and surgically repaired, so he was worried it was something related to that. Carroll said it doesn’t appear to be related at all and thinks Hill should be good to go next Sunday. Dunbar also has a chance, but his status is less clear.

“Quinton, we’re working on his knee. We have to make sure he bounces back,” he said. “We’ll see how he does. We thought he would make it through the week and he just didn’t improve, so he had some treatment and some stuff that gives him a chance. We’ll have to wait and see, though.”

You can hear the full Pete Carroll Show in the podcast at this link or in the player below.

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