Carroll on Maxwell’s ankle: ‘I think it’s a pretty good sprain’

Oct 12, 2014, 6:37 PM | Updated: 7:04 pm
Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell left in the second quarter after spraining his ankle. (AP)...
Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell left in the second quarter after spraining his ankle. (AP)
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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said it was “pretty good sprain” in Byron Maxwell’s ankle that forced the cornerback to leave in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to Dallas.

“Pretty good” as in “pretty bad”.

“I think it’s legit,” Carroll said. “He couldn’t get up on it. I think it’s a high ankle sprain, but that’s a ‘think’ right now. I don’t know.”

Maxwell was injured in the second quarter while breaking up a pass intended for Dallas’ Dez Bryant. He never returned, forcing Seattle to shuffle its secondary with Marcus Burley moving from the slot to the outside and Steven Terrell – who was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday – taking over as the nickelback.

Richard Sherman left his normal post on the defense’s left side and followed Bryant for the remainder of the game. Carroll said Sherman injured his shoulder toward the end of the game but didn’t characterize it as serious.

Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner was also hurt, leaving the game in the first quarter with a toe injury and missing the remainder of the first half. Wagner indicated that he took a shot to manage what he said was a considerable amount of pain. While Wagner returned to the game, Carroll indicated that his status bears watching.

“He jammed his big toe and came back and played with it,” Carroll said. “We’ll see what that means. We don’t know right now. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Wagner’s absence also forced to some shuffling of defensive personnel. K.J. Wright briefly slid inside from his weak-side spot, and rookie Brock Coyle saw some action in the middle as well.

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