Latest on Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett’s hand, Al Woods’ Achilles
Dec 16, 2022, 10:29 AM | Updated: 12:10 pm
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The day after the Seahawks’ 21-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers that dashed their hopes of an NFC West title, the head coach was on the Seattle Sports airwaves Friday morning for The Pete Carroll Show.
The Seahawks came out of the Thursday night game pretty banged up, but there is optimism about some of the injuries the team is dealing with, especially considering they will have a couple days more than usual to prepare for their next game, a meeting with the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs at 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve.
Here’s what we learned Friday about Seattle’s health:
• Star wide receiver Tyler Lockett is headed for surgery, but he may not have to miss all that much time.
Lockett suffered a spiral metacarpal fracture on his hand in the fourth quarter Friday night. Carroll clarified Monday morning that while the bone is where the hand and index finger meet, it is a hand injury, not a broken finger.
Though Carroll didn’t have much more to share than he knew the night before, NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted Friday morning that Lockett may only need to miss the Chiefs game. A more firm timetable will be set after Lockett undergoes surgery to stabilize the fracture, according to Rapoport.
#Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett is expected to have surgery to repair and stabilize his fractured finger, source said. It's possible he only misses one game and is back for the final two. But a firm timetable will be available post-surgery.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 16, 2022
Lockett leads the Seahawks with 964 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches, and he is second to only DK Metcalf on the team in receptions with 78 (Metcalf has one more). He ranks eighth in the NFL in receiving yards, fifth in touchdown catches, and ninth in receptions, though that is all with the caveat that only the Seahawks and 49ers have played 14 games (the rest of the league will catch up this weekend).
Update 12:07 p.m.: Carroll said during a press conference Friday that Seattle got a “very optimistic review” of Lockett’s injury. Details below from Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle.
Pete Carroll said they got a "very optimistic review" on Tyler Lockett's injury, giving hope that he'll be back soon after having surgery. #Seahawks
— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) December 16, 2022
• Carroll said the Seahawks are still waiting to find out more about the neck injury to linebacker Jordyn Brooks that took him out of the game in the second half.
“I don’t know how long Jordyn will be out, but he’s nursing it here right now and we’ll have to see how it goes,” Carroll said. “He’s such a tough kid. If he can play, he will.”
Brooks leads the NFL with 149 total tackles this season.
Update 12:10 p.m.: Carroll said during his Friday press conference that Brooks’ neck doesn’t have any structural damage and the hope is that he can play against the Chiefs.
• Seattle suffered a big blow to its run defense on Thursday night with defensive tackle Bryan Mone’s season-ending ACL injury. Mone was playing in place of another Seahawk nursing an injury: Al Woods, who was inactive for the game due to an Achilles issue.
The goods news is Carroll expects Woods to be back in action for the Chiefs game, and that he will be helped by Seattle taking the next three days off from practice.
“He just wasn’t ready (for Thursday’s game),” Carroll said. “He’s such a big man that, you know, you got an ankle thing, that’s a lot pounding on that ankle… so we got to make sure to get him some time. These three days will be enormous for him and he’ll come roaring back, I think.”
• Rookie running back Kenneth Walker III is in good shape following his return Thursday night, Carroll said. Walker, who leads the Seahawks with 696 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground in 12 games, missed the game last Sunday due to an ankle injury.
The Pete Carroll Show airs at 9:30 a.m. the first weekday morning after every Seahawks game (usually Mondays) during Brock and Salk on Seattle Sports 710 AM. The podcast of Friday’s edition can be heard at this link or in the player below.