Seahawks Injuries: Latest on Ryan Neal, Rashaad Penny, RBs and more

Dec 7, 2020, 11:19 AM

Seahawks Ryan Neal...

Ryan Neal suffered a hip pointer injury in the Seahawks' loss Sunday to the Giants. (Getty)


Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll provided updates on a number of players dealing with or coming back from injuries on Monday morning’s Pete Carroll Show with 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny and Gallant.

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Let’s take a close look at what Carroll had to say coming out of Sunday’s 17-12 loss to the New York Giants.

• Carroll only had one new injury from the Giants game to address, and that was with defensive back Ryan Neal, who had a big game with a pass defensed that turned into a Quandre Diggs interception and a blocked punt that resulted in a safety.

Neal was injured in the second half of the game, and Carroll said he’s dealing with a hip pointer. The good news is that Neal underwent an MRI and “didn’t show much,” which Seattle’s head coach said means “he’s got a chance to be OK.”

• While the Seahawks’ top two running backs both played Sunday, both Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde continue to feel the effects of lingering foot injuries.

“Both guys made it through practice during the week. Neither one of the guys were able to go all the plays all the time during the week,” Carroll said. “Carlos was sore going in right up to game time, so we had to adjust a little bit to it. That’s not the way we had hoped it would be by game time. I need to see how Chris is now. The soreness in his foot isn’t gone but he’s playing with it. The soreness in Carlos’ toe isn’t gone, either, so both those guys got issues but they’re making it through the game.”

Carson had 65 yards on 11 carries plus three receptions for 45 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown catch, against New York. Hyde had two carries for a yard and thee catches for 10 yards.

“I’m hoping that they’re just that much further along this week and as we finish the fourth quarter of the season that our guys are ready to go, but I can’t tell you that right now,” Carroll said.

• Sticking at running back, Seattle finally has a date set for third-year player Rashaad Penny to return to practice coming off a season-ending ACL tear almost a year ago to the date and subsequent surgery.

“He’s gonna practice on Wednesday. He’ll be out there for the first time,” Carroll said.

It will take time for the Seahawks to know if and when Penny can rejoin the active roster this season, however.

“I don’t know how these next couple weeks will go for him. It will all depend on how he handles the workload and how he feels and all of that,” Carroll said. “There’s no more he can do in rehab so we’ll find out what that looks like. It’s really exciting for him for sure and for all of us to get him back out.”

Penny’s status does highlight that Seattle is in much better shape in the backfield now than in December 2019, when Penny, Carson and C.J. Prosise were all lost to injury, which prompted Marshawn Lynch to come out of retirement for one final run with the team.

• Starting right tackle Brandon Shell, who has missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain, could return in time for next Sunday’s game against the winless New York Jets, his former team.

“Brandon Shell should be getting real close. He’s steadily improving,” Carroll said. “He wasn’t well enough to play (vs. the Giants) but he has a good chance to practice some this week. It will probably take us all the way to the end of the week to know. I know playing against the Jets, he really wants to get in this game so he’ll do everything he can.”

• Finally, Carroll had some positive news about veteran tight end Greg Olsen, who ruptured the plantar fascia in his left foot just over two weeks ago in a Thursday night win over Arizona.

“Greg Olsen is getting around terrifically. He’s really coming back fast from his foot injury,” Carroll said.

The estimated timetable for return from a plantar fascia tear is two months, but Carroll has been optimistic since Olsen suffered the injury as he has dealt with the same issue in his other foot before.

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

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