Seahawks notes: Diggs has high ankle sprain, Carroll confident in WR group
The Seahawks had a laundry list of injuries coming out of their Week 15 win over the Carolina Panthers, but by the looks of things they should be considerably more healthy for next Sunday’s matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.
There is one major concern, however, and that’s safety Quandre Diggs’ ankle.
An impactful midseason addition who is tied for the team lead with three interceptions (in just five games), Diggs was knocked out of the game against Carolina due to the injury. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Monday morning on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Pete Carroll Show that Diggs “had a high ankle shot,” and during a press conference Monday afternoon called Diggs’ injury a high ankle sprain, which is generally more serious than a regular ankle sprain and notorious for being hard to tell how long it will keep a player out of action.
“He’s had it before, I think in the same ankle, so he does have some background which usually does help these guys get through it,” said Carroll, who also noted that Diggs had “good results” from a test on his ankle.
Diggs wasn’t the only key defensive player to suffer an ankle injury in Charlotte. Linebacker Bobby Wagner also came out of the game, but the four-time All-Pro was confident Sunday night that he will be OK, a sentiment Carroll echoed on Monday.
“He’s feeling pretty good,” Carroll said of Wagner. “We’re going to have wait on a number of guys until we get into the work of the week and see what effect that has, but he’s pretty determined on playing.”
Carroll added that Diggs’ injury is considered to be more severe than Wagner’s.
Here are some more injury and personnel-related notes from Carroll’s press conference.
• The Seahawks should be getting a member of their receiving corps back for the Cardinals game: Tight end Luke Willson, who has missed Seattle’s last four games with a hamstring strain.
“There’s no way he’s not playing,” Carroll said.
The Seahawks could use extra help in the passing game following the indefinite suspension of wide receiver Josh Gordon on Monday, though Carroll is comfortable with Seattle’s depth at the position.
“We had seven receivers active this week so we’ve got guys we really like. That’s why it was kinda hard to feature anybody (besides Tyler Lockett),” Carroll said. “… I don’t think this is really going to affect us in a tremendous way. Our guys can play, all of our guys can play. … We’re in good shape right now at the position. I love the position group.”
• Cornerback Shaquill Griffin missed his first game of the season Sunday with a hamstring strain, and while he’s progressing, it’s too early to tell if he’ll be able to play against Arizona.
“Shaq’s made a good turn. We won’t know until Friday or Saturday on him,” Carroll said. “He’ll get some work done on Wednesday, though. He feels pretty confident that he can do some stuff.”
• Linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring strain, has “a chance” to play Sunday barring any setbacks, Carroll said.
• Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney didn’t make the Seahawks’ trip to Carolina due to illness, and he is continuing to deal with a core injury that he will likely have addressed with offseason surgery. Carroll said Clowney is “over the sickness” and will go through the practice week to see if he can return in Week 16.