Seahawks Injuries: Carroll on Kenneth Walker III, banged-up RBs

Dec 5, 2022, 10:55 AM
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Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker III runs against the Rams. (Photo by David Crane/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)
(Photo by David Crane/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

The Seahawks escaped southern California with a win Sunday over the Los Angeles Rams, but their running backs didn’t make it out entirely unscathed.

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Seattle had to finish the game without rookie standout Kenneth Walker III, who suffered an ankle injury in the first half, and the Hawks went into the game without Travis Homer, who was inactive due to a knee injury and illness. Not only that, but DeeJay Dallas also was banged up in Sunday’s game, and fourth-string running back Tony Jones took a hard helmet-to-helmet hit while trying to haul in a pass.

During the weekly Pete Carroll Show with the Seahawks head coach Monday morning on Seattle Sports, Carroll provided the latest on each of those players. Here’s a look at what he had to say.

Kenneth Walker III is the biggest concern, and there is good news and bad news a day after his injury, which the Seahawks were still in the dark about immediately following the game.

“We do understand what he has,” Carroll said Monday. “He’s got a strain. He doesn’t have an ankle sprain; he’s got a strain in a particular part of his foot that we just got to help him through and see if we can get it to quiet down and all that.”

On Sunday, Carroll said Walker had “jammed” his ankle, and on Monday he had more insight to further explain what the second-round pick is dealing with.

“It’s an unusual injury. I’ve never heard of this – it’s just a little space that’s just aggravated inside of his ankle,” Carroll said.

Is it possible Walker could be ready to play next Sunday when the Carolina Panthers come to Lumen Field?

“At this point, yes, because we don’t know how he’s going to respond,” Carroll said.

Walker leads Seattle with 649 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the ground in 11 games this season.

• Next up on the list of Seattle’s banged-up RBs is Travis Homer.

According to Carroll: “He’s got a knee that he sprained a little bit… and he was really sick last week, as well. But it’s really the knee that we’re trying to take care of.”

Carroll said the Seahawks won’t know until Wednesday or Thursday – after they get Homer “back working” – whether or not he can play against Carolina.

Homer has 43 yards on nine rushes this season, but he’s made more of an impact in the passing game with 10 receptions on 11 targets for 124 yards and a TD.

DeeJay Dallas was able to finish Sunday’s game for the Seahawks, but there was a tense moment when it appeared Seattle was down to just Tony Jones at running back.

“DeeJay has somewhat of a high-ankle issue so we’ll see how that goes,” Carroll said Monday. “I don’t know about the MRIs with that yet, we haven’t got that back.”

Dallas “didn’t want to come out of the game,” but Seattle took him off special teams duty following his injury in the first half. He ended up leading the Seahawks with 37 yards on 10 carries against the Rams, giving him 104 yards total on the ground this season.

Carroll didn’t seem too worried about the state of his team’s running backs, at least.

“Tony Jones did a nice job. … We’ve got guys that can play. We’ll be alright,” he said.

You can listen to The Pete Carroll Show live on Seattle Sports at 9:30 a.m. each Monday (or the first weekday after a Seahawks game). Listen to this week’s edition in the podcast below.

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