Calf strain – not an ankle sprain – for Seahawks’ Byron Maxwell

Oct 13, 2014, 10:54 AM | Updated: Oct 15, 2014, 5:14 pm
Cornerback Byron Maxwell strained his calf during the first half of Seattle’s loss to Dallas....
Cornerback Byron Maxwell strained his calf during the first half of Seattle's loss to Dallas. (AP)
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Seattle’s banged-up secondary got some good news Monday with cornerback Byron Maxwell, whose injury isn’t as serious as the team initially feared.

“It’s not a high ankle sprain, we found out,” coach Pete Carroll told “Brock and Salk” on 710 ESPN Seattle. “He’s got a calf strain, which is better than a sprain. We’ll see what happens with that.”

Maxwell was injured while breaking up a pass in the second quarter, leaving the game for good. Carroll didn’t offer a timetable on his return, only indicating that it’s not as long as it would be for a high ankle sprain.

Maxwell’s injury forced Seattle to shuffle its secondary, with Marcus Burley moving outside and Steven Terrell replacing him as the nickelback just one day after being promoted from the practice squad. Aside from a 47-yard completion that Burley allowed in the third quarter, Carroll said he liked what he saw.

“Marcus played pretty good football,” Carroll said. “He got taken on the one fade ball. He was right on it, a little bit of separation by the receiver and they caught the ball – that could happen. But he did a good job.”

Maxwell’s injury comes at a bad time for the Seahawks, who are already missing a pair of cornerbacks. Tharold Simon hasn’t played since the preseason due to a knee injury while Jeremy Lane is on short-term injured reserve after hurting his groin in the opener. Carroll said the two are “a just week or so away”, though Lane is only eligible to resume practicing next week and can’t play in a game until Week 10 at the earliest.

“We’ll see when those guys come back to us, but it’s been a haul without those guys,” Carroll said. “So we are getting checked out. This is why we work the whole roster and we get everybody ready and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do and guys have got to step up.”

It’s not only the cornerbacks that are hurting in Seattle’s secondary. Strong safety Kam Chancellor played despite a hip injury that kept him from practicing on Thursday and Friday, and while he made it through the game, he wasn’t 100 percent.

“I don’t think he was at his best but he made a valiant effort to get out there and stayed out there and looked like he had his body under him all game long. But he could surely be a lot better, and it was great that he stuck it out and played.”

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