Despite a 3-1 start to the season and a strong performance against the New York Jets Sunday, the Seahawks could use a break.
Luckily, the team enters a bye this week — and it’s an opportune time for a few star players.
“You have guys like Tyler Lockett, playing with a PCL tear,” Doug Baldwin told reporters after Seattle’s win. “Jimmy Graham shouldn’t be playing right now. Christine Michael, guys like that, playing through the stuff they’re playing through.”
Lockett was active Sunday, but played lightly, finishing the night with one catch for 13 yards. He was listed as having a knee injury early last week, but the type of sprain wasn’t specified. While Carroll didn’t confirm a torn PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) for Lockett, he did say he expects the second-year receiver to see more game action after the bye.
“When we come back two weeks from now, we’re going to get healthier,” Carroll said. “The roster that we’ve talked about to you guys and told you about how competitive we think it is is going to show up.”
The timing also comes at a great time for several other Seahawks players.
Most notably on this list of injuries is quarterback Russell Wilson, who suffered a right ankle sprain in week two and an MCL sprain in week three. The injuries didn’t seem to slow Wilson down on Sunday: He threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns against the New York Jets, and finished the day with a season-high 133.5 passer rating.
Rookie tight end Nick Vannett (high ankle sprain) and rookie running back C.J. Prosise (hand/wrist) are also expected to return to practice next week. Tight end Jimmy Graham has put together stellar back-to-back 100+ yard games in his return from season-ending knee surgery, but told 710 ESPN’s John Clayton he’s still not 100 percent back.
Despite the rash of injuries, it’s hard to argue Seattle’s not sending a message of strength to the rest of the league.
“The work ethic in this locker room is second to none,” Baldwin said about the injuries among the players. ”It’s inspiring to be a part of it.”
The Seahawks will return to practice beginning Monday, October 10, to prepare for their October 16 game against the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field.