Hill is out two weeks, Wagner could join him

Seahawks bandagesJust what the Seahawks’ reeling defense needs: No Bobby Wagner or Jordan Hill.

Both could miss “a couple of weeks” with injuries suffered Sunday in Cincinnati, according to Pete Carroll. Hill left with a strained quadriceps and Wagner missed a couple of plays with a strained chest muscle.

Hill is expected to miss two weeks, Carroll said, and he is hoping Demarcus Dobbs can return after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury. If that doesn’t happen, the Seahawks might need to make a move to help D-line depth.

Wagner also could be out “a couple of weeks if (the muscle) doesn’t respond,” Carroll said. “But he might be able to play this week, so we’ll wait and see.’’

Wagner has missed seven games over the past two years, and the defense suffered during his five-game absence last year.

No word on the status of cornerbacks Tye Smith or Marcus Burley or linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis. They all missed the Cincy game.

Meanwhile, Marshawn Lynch “is supposed to be back” after sitting out the past two games with a hamstring injury.

“He had a good workout today and he should be on track or Thursday,” Carroll said.

Fred Jackson had “an amazing recovery” and seemed to come out of the game fine, which means the Seahawks could have their full backfield again.

Thomas Rawls ran for 169 yards against the Bengals – the highest total for a Seahawk since 2006. Carroll said Rawls will be the No. 2 back and play quite a bit. He said the backup typically gets 8-10 carries spelling Lynch.

“There’s no reason for him not to play,” Carroll said. “He’s done a great job for us. I would say he’s probably exceeded our expectations at this point, and we’re happy to have him and will put him in there.”

Carroll was very pleased with how the offensive line blocked against the Bengals. He called it “the best it’s been. We ran the way we like to. That felt like we’re accustomed. Unfortunately we needed a first down or two in the fourth quarter to give us the chance to put the game away.”

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