Carroll: Seahawks’ D.J. Fluker expected to play vs Cowboys, J.R. Sweezy will be gameday decision
Dec 31, 2018, 11:01 AM | Updated: 11:04 am
The Seahawks improved to a 10-win season following their 27-24 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the regular season finale, but the day wasn’t without a few blunders on special teams.
Seattle had two punts blocked – one of which was returned for a touchdown by the Cardinals’ defense – and allowed a 45-yard punt return from Cardinals receiver Pharoh Cooper.
On Monday, head coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Mike Salk and Jake Heaps that Seattle’s special teams unit requested an additional meeting to address the issues in their performance.
“The special teams guys were asking, ‘Can we have an extra meeting before the main meeting today?’ because they want to settle the issue,” Carroll said. “They want to make sure everybody fronts up about what needs to be done. This is a place that is really connected to accountability, and I’m really fired up about that. These guys want to do right, be right, and they’re going to do whatever it takes.”
The Seahawks will need to be firing on all cylinders when they head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys this Saturday in the wild card round. Carroll also offered a few Seahawks injury updates during his interview. Here are a few highlights (you can hear the full interview in the audio clip embedded above):
On the status of RG D.J. Fluker (hamstring): “(Fluker) will practice all week and (be) ready to go. He could’ve played in this game, he was chirping to start and all that. But we thought because he didn’t practice last week that it would be better to save him one more time. So he’ll be ready to practice all week long, he’s back.”
On the status of LG J.R. Sweezy (foot): “Sweezy has a good report this morning, but it’s still going to be a gameday decision for him. Like I said, it’s a three or four week recovery that he’s going to do in two, so we’ll see if he can pull that off.”
On the status of CB Shaquill Griffin (ankle): “We’ve got to wait and see on that one. It was OK coming out of the game, but this morning he was pretty stiff, I understand. So we’ll have to wait and see.”
On DE Dion Jordan (knee): “He’ll be ready to go. He was just banged up from the week before. We thought it would benefit him to stay out and get right. He’s been nursing a knee all year long. So he’ll be back full speed.”
On FS Tedric Thompso (ankle/chest): “Tedric should be fine. He should be ready to go.”