Seahawks injuries: Jamal Adams to fully practice, RB Penny ‘really close’
The Seahawks had a lengthy injury report after a Week 7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and the inactives list for their Week 8 win over the San Francisco 49ers reflected that.
Normally, the Seahawks have had at least one or two healthy scratches on the inactive list prior to games. That wasn’t the case on Sunday, as seven regular starters and contributors were out of action.
Those seven were starting safety Jamal Adams, starting running back Chris Carson and his backup Carlos Hyde, starting cornerback Shaquill Griffin, starting defensive end Benson Mayowa, starting left guard Mike Iupati and starting nickel corner Ugo Amadi.
Carroll provided updates on a few of those players mentioned as well as others who are working to get back in action in his weekly interview. Here’s what the coach had to say:
Updates on four RBs
Carson, Hyde and Travis Homer were all on the final injury report, with Carson and Homer listed as questionable while Hyde was doubtful. Of the three, Homer was the only one to suit up in Seattle’s win, but he didn’t play much as rookie DeeJay Dallas carried the brunt of the work as the Seahawks’ lead back.
Carson, Seattle’s lead back when healthy and a 1,000-yard rusher in 2018 and 2019, sprained his foot in Week 7’s loss in Arizona. His status for the Week 9 game in Buffalo against the AFC East-leading Bills is similar to his status last week, Carroll said.
“Chris has got a sore foot. He’s got something going on in his foot that he’s got to get through,” he said. “He feels a lot better today already. We just won’t know. We can’t tell.”
Hyde is in a similar boat with a hamstring injury that he also suffered in Week 7.
“Hamstrings usually take 10 days or something like that anyway, so we’ll see. We won’t know until late in the week,” Carroll said. “If he overcame it late the last day or so, maybe something could have happened for the last game. It’s going to be the same way (this week).”
Homer suffered a knee injury in Week 7 but was able to play Sunday and should be fine for Week 9 as well. He, Carson and Hyde all sat out practice last week.
“The fact that he made it out there – and he might be a little more sore today – he made it out there and played, so he should be ready to give us some firepower,” Carroll said.
A fourth running back – not Dallas – also got an injury update from Carroll. That would be 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny, who is recovering from an ACL tear he suffered late last season. He is currently on the physically unable to perform list. Carroll said the third-year player is in a critical part of his road back to action.
“He’s really on the challenge now. He’s really getting challenged to get it back,” Carroll said. “He’s really close and he’s doing a lot of stuff. He’s in great shape, he’s as strong as he’s ever been, he looks great.”
The issue now is if Penny can show trainers and staff that he can run, cut and change directions while also potentially taking contact on that injured leg.
“Now it’s just that final push to get through there,” Carroll said.
Jamal Adams back to practice
The Seahawks made a big move to get All-Pro safety Jamal Adams from the New York Jets in the offseason, sending three high draft picks and a starting safety in Bradley McDougald for Adams and a fourth-round pick.
Adams played well at the start of the year but injured his groin in Week 3 and hasn’t played since. He was set to practice last week but got sick, so he had only had one limited practice on Friday and was held out of Sunday’s game. Carroll said Adams should be back to practicing to start the week.
“He’s going to go full practice this week and get back into action,” Carroll said. “He was going to try that last week and it just didn’t work out right, he got ill. He should be able to go. We won’t know until Thursday about Friday, just as we do it.”
Carroll said the plan is for Adams to practice Wednesday and then see how he feels Thursday, then repeat the process for Friday as well.
“He needs the work just to get out there and get on the field,” Carroll said. “He’s studied like crazy, he was in all of the walkthroughs he could be in during this past week in an attempt to get ready. So we’ll be really excited to have him back. He is so pumped up to get back. He’s just dying to get out there with the fellas, so we’re really looking forward to it.”
Shaquill Griffin’s status unclear
Adams wasn’t the only key member of the secondary the Seahawks missed on Sunday against the 49ers, as 2019 Pro Bowl cornerback Shaquill Griffin was ruled out of the game on Friday. Griffin was listed as having both a hamstring injury and a concussion.
“We’ve got to get Shaquill back. We don’t know how his deal is going to be right now,” Carroll said. “His concussion will likely be fine. He’s got a little hamstring thing too that he’s dealing with, so we’ve got to see how that goes. He didn’t work out this week, so he’ll start up again this Wednesday and see where we are.”
Rasheem Green set to return
Third-year defensive end Rasheem Green, who led the Seahawks in sacks in 2019 with four, has been out of action since Week 1 due to a stinger injury that landed him on injured reserve. Carroll was happy to report that Green should be playing next week in Buffalo.
“Rasheem Green is going to come back to us, too, finally,” he said. “He practiced all of last week and he’s ready to go. He’s been a regular starter for us.”
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