Seahawks Injuries: RT Shell is back, DE Dunlap a game-time decision
The Seahawks for the most part are healthy heading in to a Week 14 contest against the winless New York Jets, and a former Jet will be returning to action for Seattle.
The Seahawks released their final injury report of the week and ruled offensive lineman Jamarco Jones out for the contest with a groin injury as well as listed running back Travis Homer doubtful with knee injury and four players as questionable. Not on that list is starting right tackle Brandon Shell, who missed two weeks with an ankle injury. He’s set to play for the first time since Week 12 and this time, it will be against his old team.
“He had a full week of practice and he did really well,” head coach Pete Carroll told reporters Friday afternoon. “He’s ready to go and really no hesitation there.”
Carroll was asked whether Shell has exceeded the team’s expectations with his play as he’s emerged as one of the Seahawks most reliable players when healthy. Carroll said the hope was Shell could come in and fit in right away and that he’s done that.
“He’s just been a real positive, solid as a rock. Unfortunately he missed a couple of games here but every way, running game, pass game, he’s really been a great acquisition for us and he filled the spot and we’re real excited about him,” Carroll said.
And Carroll is happy for Shell that he gets to play this week against his former team.
“It’s an important deal and he wanted to get back, so he’s done it,” he said.
Of the four questionable players, the most notable is defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who played sparingly last week as he deals with a foot injury. Dunlap will be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Jets.
“Carlos Dunlap, we’re going to go all the way to game time on that one,” Carroll said. “We’re going to work him out in pregame and make sure he’s OK, give him every day of rest to make sure that we’ve protected him as much as possible and hope that he can play, but we’ll determine that on gameday.”
Rounding out the Seahawks’ injury report are defensive back Ryan Neal (hip), offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (calf) and guard Phil Haynes (hip/groin). All three, like Dunlap, are questionable.
This week will not see the return of cornerback Quinto Dunbar, who is on injured reserve with a knee injury. Dunbar has started when healthy, but the knee injury has caused him to miss six games. This Sunday will make it seven, though he may be back next week against the Washington Football Team.
“Quinton’s not ready this week,” Carroll said. “He did practice all the three days, but he’s not ready yet.”
Another player who could be returning soon is running back Rashaad Penny, who tore his ACL Week 14 of last season. He began practicing as he works to get back to action off of the physically unable to perform list. Carroll told reporters he loved what Penny showed this week.
“Rashaad Penny looked great. I mean he looked great,” Carroll said. “He exceeded our expectations with his movement and his quickness and all of that. He’s really in good shape. I don’t know what that means for next week, but he looked as healthy as anybody out there. We’ll take it one shot at a time here, but (it was) a very positive initial return here and I know he’s really jacked about it.”