On Monday, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll addressed a handful of injury situations the team is working through as they turn attention toward Week 3 and an NFC showdown with the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field.
In addition to the promising news that defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is not only expected to play on Sunday, but play quite a bit, Carroll also provided updates on two offensive starters, Mike Iupati and D.J. Fluker, two defensive starters, Poona Ford and Tedric Thompson, and core special teamer Neiko Thorpe.
Guard Mike Iupati: Iupati played most of the game on Sunday, his first action for the Seahawks after missing Week 1 and the preseason with a calf injury. “Mike is doing fine, he just cramped up a little bit at the end of the game,” Carroll said on Monday. “We had planned to rotate him but he was handling it well, but at the end we just needed to give him a break.”
Guard D.J. Fluker (ankle): Carroll was less optimistic about Seattle’s other guard, D.J. Fluker. Fluker came out of the game after getting his ankle rolled over, and while he did return to the contest, his injury could potentially keep him out in Week 3. “D.J, we gotta wait and see,” Carroll said. “I don’t know. Hit attitude about it is that he’s going to play and all that, but we gotta wait and see, Wednesday/Thursday and see what happens. I can’t tell you any more than that.”
Safety Tedric Thompson (hamstring): Carroll was not optimistic about getting free safety Tedric Thompson back in time for Sunday’s game, which likely means the team will give Lano Hill another chance to start in the secondary. “He’s going to do some stuff, it’s going to be a challenge for him to get back this week though,” Carroll said. “We’re not sure he can make it.”
Cornerback Neiko Thorpe (hamstring): It sounds like Thompson and Thorpe are battling similar injuries, meaning Thorpe is also unlikely to see the field on Sunday. “Neiko’s kinda like Tedric, it’s gonna be a race to make it by the end of the week,” Carroll said.
Defensive Tackle Poona Ford (calf): Carroll mentioned earlier on 710 ESPN’s Brock and Salk show that Ford will try to play this week, a point he reiterated in his afternoon presser. “Yeah, he’s going to practice,” Carroll said. “He’s really determined to try to do something.”
The Seahawks could also see a return from veteran receiver David Moore and backup center Joey Hunt.
Hunt would be nice added depth for the Seahawks, especially if they need to use Ethan Pocic, their usual backup center, at either guard spot.
Check back throughout the week as injury updates continue to come in ahead of Seattle’s game against New Orleans on Sunday, Sep. 22.