The Seattle Seahawks had a bit of good news on the injury front today. Head coach Pete Carroll said an MRI revealed that offensive tackle Russell Okung suffered a bone bruise on his left knee, and that after a couple days rest he believes the Oklahoma State product should be ready to go against Dallas this week.
“We’ll see how he comes back Wednesday and Thursday,” Carroll said. “But we expect him to make it through the week and play.”
Further, Carroll expects to get receiver Golden Tate back this week. The Notre Dame product sat out Sunday’s game against Arizona with a sprained knee.
“He ran real well today,” Carroll said about Tate. “We think he’s got a chance. I’m not sure if Wednesday will be a full day for him. It depends on how he handles all the change of direction stuff today and tomorrow. But he feels like he’s going to go.”
However, the news for receiver Charly Martin was not so good. Carroll confirmed that Martin suffered a bruised lung and remains in Arizona. Carroll said that Martin could be in Arizona for a couple more days, and will be out at least a couple weeks.
With Martin out, the Seahawks only have five receivers. Carroll said that his team could make a move this week to add depth.
And he did not rule out bringing back Kellen Winslow, a surprise cut during final roster cut downs.
A day after watching the film, Carroll once again said that quarterback Russell Wilson had to deal with a lot of pressure coming from Arizona’s front seven, particularly defensive end Darnell Dockett.
“Dockett was really tough,” Wilson said. “He was really good in this game. Although he didn’t have a lot of tackles and stuff, and I don’t think he had a sack in this game, he caused a lot of problems.”
One of the people who caused problems for was rookie offensive guard J.R. Sweezy, who made his first NFL start on Sunday.
Carroll said that although John Moffitt was available, one of the reasons he was inactive is because the team didn’t feel like the University of Wisconsin product was fully healed from elbow surgery. However, Moffitt is ready to go this week, so there could be a change up front.
“He was available for this game,” Carroll said. “But we just felt like it wasn’t quite enough time to get him ready for this one. So this week he’ll be ready to go.”
Carroll said that running Marshawn Lynch, who’s been dealing with back spasms, came through the game okay.
And Carroll confirmed that receiver Doug Baldwin will need some dental work to replace two front teeth, but should play this week.
“He officially got his teeth knocked in,” Carroll said. “It was a mess. He’s getting that work done tomorrow. I’m sure he wished he could get it done today, because he kind of got the clean slate right now. He doesn’t look so good.”