The last time the Seahawks traveled to Arizona, in November, they were already beaten up — and then lost Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor forever.
This time, the Seahawks enter their Arizona preparation with a lot of positive news: Doug Baldwin and Justin Britt returned to practice, Mychal Kendricks will be available again this week, and Pete Carroll and Earl Thomas are “in a good place” after the non-practice drama last week.
Carroll said Baldwin is “confident” he would return this week after missing the past two games with a sprained knee suffered in the opener in Denver. Baldwin has been itching to get back on the field, as his animated sideline antics showed Sunday against Dallas.
“It’s a great jump for him to make,” Carroll said before practice. “He looks really good and light on his feet. He looks very confident that he can have a chance to play this week, so we’ll see how that goes.
“He’s really determined. It’s been a frustrating process for him, and he’s dying to get back out there, so hopefully, he can pull that together.”
Meanwhile, Britt is expected to return after a shoulder issue kept him out of the Dallas game. Ethan Pocic (ankle) looks “way better” but still looks like a game-time decision in Arizona.
But Carroll has said several times that he liked the aggressive combination of J.R. Sweezy and D.J. Fluker at the guard spots against Dallas, and it seems like Sweezy will remain at LG for at least another week. If those guys stay healthy (unlikely), it is easy to see Pocic turning into the swing guard.
As for Thomas’ dissatisfaction with the club and new self-announced practice protocol, Carroll said, “I’m not concerned about it. I think we’re in a good place. We’ve talked through things we needed to talk through. … We’ve gotten to the point where we’re moving forward in positive way.”
Carroll said Thomas would get his usual veteran’s day off today (that’s a brand-new thing for him, by the way) and the coach expects the safety to practice Thursday (though no one else really does). Basically, Carroll is trying to save a little face by “sanctioning” Thomas’ days off — though it is surely possible that they came to an agreement that Thomas would practice at least twice a week or something.
“I’m really looking forward to another week of getting ready to play ball,” Carroll said. “Everything’s taking place and we’re not really sharing it with you, but it’s going fine.”
OTHER INJURY NOTES
DE Dion Jordan came out of the Dallas game with a hip injury but hopes to play this week. “We will have a chance for him this weekend,” Carroll said. The team seems to be bracing for a deactivation though, as it called up Branden Jackson from the practice squad.
Jackson also could be insurance in case rookie Rasheem Green can’t go. He apparently suffered an ankle injury vs. Dallas and did not practice Wednesday.
Chris Carson (hip) and Bobby Wagner (groin) both were limited in practice Wednesday. Joey Hunt (hip) did not practice. Hunt, Carson and Jordan make it around a dozen hip injuries since camp started. Is it just a general description or are these all the same kind of injury? If it’s the latter, the Hawks need to figure out why.
K.J. Wright’s recovery from arthroscopic knee in August has slowed. “He was going on a really good pace and we needed to slow it down a little bit,” Carroll said, “so we’re going day to day with him now and see how he progresses.”
C.J. Prosise also is dealing with a core muscle issue, and it doesn’t sound like he has a shot to play this week. By one count, it’s his eighth injury in his two-plus seasons with Seattle. He has already missed 22 of 35 career games.
Ed Dickson should be ready when his stint on the non-football-injury list ends after Week 6. The Hawks dropped Darrell Daniels this week, so they have just two tight ends for now. It will be interesting to see how Dickson fits when he returns.