Seattle Seahawks: NFL injury wire

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said free safety Earl Thomas will play in the Super Bowl after Thomas returned to practice Friday on a limited basis.

Thomas missed the first two days of practice this week after suffering a separated shoulder in the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers.

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“It’s over, really,” Carroll said of Thomas’ injury concerns. “There were two days of him being very uncomfortable [sitting out practice]. It’s really good to get him back out because of all the continuity that these guys have shared for so long. It picks everybody up.

“That’s a big statement that Earl is going to be fine for next week. It’s going to take him all the way to game day and we’ll keep him from getting banged up [next week in practice], but he’ll be fine by game time.”

At this point, everyone on the 53-man roster is good to go for the Super Bowl, including cornerback Richard Sherman, who suffered a sprained elbow against Green Bay.

“Richard did everything," Carroll said. “He took every snap this week and looked totally fine.”

Carroll said he didn’t know whether Sherman would wear a brace on his arm for the Super Bowl.

Starting right guard J.R. Sweezy missed practice all week, but Carroll said Sweezy also is OK.

“We rested J.R. this week," Carroll said. “He’s has some ankle issues that have been kind of nagging all year, so we took the benefit of the [bye] week. He could play this week if we were playing.”

Right tackle Justin Britt, who missed the game Sunday with a knee injury, practiced all week, and Carroll said Britt was fine.
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks starting right tackle Justin Britt (knee) and starting defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (shoulder) were full participants in practice Thursday after missing practice Wednesday.

It’s an encouraging sign that both players will be ready to go for the NFC Championship Game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll wasn't sure about it before practice Thursday.

“We've got to wait and see,” Carroll said. “{Britt] has got a little bit of a sore knee. [McDaniel] has a sore shoulder and had to come out of the [Carolina] game [last weekend].”

Everyone on the 53-man roster was a full participant in Thursday’s practice, including running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive end Michael Bennett, who took the day off Wednesday.
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jordan Hill, who had 5.5 sacks and an interception in the last six games, was placed on injured reserve Monday afternoon, ending his season.

Surprisingly, it’s not because of the sprained knee Hill suffered late in the regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams.

“Jordan is not going to make it back," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday. “He actually injured himself working out over the weekend. He has a severe calf pull on the other leg that will keep him out.”

The Seahawks moved up safety Steven Terrell from the practice squad to take Hill's spot on the 53-man roster. Hill is a big loss in the trenches for the Seahawks, a player who stepped up and played his best football after nose tackle Brandon Mebane was lost for the season with a torn hamstring.

Carroll hope Demarcus Dobbs, who missed the last three games with an ankle injury, will return and step in for Hill.

The Seahawks also signed veteran defensive tackle Landon Cohen on Monday. Cohen hasn’t played this season, but had worked out earlier with the Seahawks.

“He a very active guy and similar to the way Jordan plays,” Carroll said of Cohen. “We don’t know how he will do being out all year, but we’ll see.”

Carroll also said David King, who plays defensive end and defensive tackle, likely will play more this weekend.

Backup safety Jeron Johnson, who suffered a dislocated elbow in the final regular season game, also will not play Saturday, which is the reason the Seahawks moved up Terrell.

The good news wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and starting center Max Unger are expected to return this weekend.

“I’ll try to get back out there," said Unger, who missed the last six games with a high-ankle sprain. “I’ve got a good shot to get out there this week. I went to all the meetings and tried to stay in the week-to-week mode. And the bye week was huge for me.”

Cornerback Tharold Simon, who missed the last game after suffered a dislocated shoulder in Arizona on Dec. 21, also is excepted to play Saturday.
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger and left tackle Russell Okung will not play Sunday at Arizona, but right guard J.R. Sweezy returned to practice Friday and will start against the Cardinals.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said receiver Paul Richardson also will play Sunday after missing practice Thursday with a hamstring injury.

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Alvin Bailey will start at left tackle for Okung, who suffered a bruised lung last weekend against San Francisco. Carroll said Bailey struggled in the second half against the 49ers when he stepped in for Okung, but Carroll believes a full week of practice will help him in this game.

“It’s make a big difference because every snap he took was focused on playing left tackle,” Carroll said of Bailey. “He had a good, solid week.”

Carroll would not say who will start at center between Lemuel Jeanpierre and Patrick Lewis, only that both players took first-team snaps this week. Jeanpierre started the last three games at center and Lewis started in the 19-3 win over Arizona on Nov. 23 when the Cardinals sacked Russell Wilson seven times.

Unger injured his knee and ankle in the Kansas City game on Nov. 16. Carroll said Unger’s knee is fine now, but not his ankle.

“It’s one of those high ankle [sprains] that takes a long time,” Carroll said. “But he ran today and hopefully we can get him back next week.”

The good news is Sweezy practiced Friday after missing the previous two days with an ankle injury.

Carroll said defensive end Demarcus Dobbs still is out with an ankle injury. Tight end Tony Moeaki is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury.

Receiver Chris Matthews suffered a hamstring injury in Thursday’s practice and also is listed as questionable for Sunday.
The Seattle Seahawks placed nose tackle Brandon Mebane on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, as expected, after learning he has a torn hamstring. The team re-signed rookie tight end RaShaun Allen to replace Mebane on the 53-man roster.

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The Seahawks need help at tight end with starter Zach Miller still out (ankle surgery) and backup tight end Luke Willson probably out this week after spraining an ankle last weekend against the New York Giants.

Signing Allen, who played his first NFL game earlier this season at St. Louis, likely gives the team three tight ends for Sunday’s game at Kansas City, along with Cooper Helfet and Tony Moeaki, who was signed last week. Helfet has been playing with a sore knee.

For now, the team didn’t opt to add help at defensive tackle to replace Mebane. The Seahawks have Tony McDaniel, Kevin Williams and Jordan Hill in that spot.

Defensive end Demarcus Dobbs, who was claimed off waivers last week from the 49ers, also can play inside. The Seahawks brought in defensive tackle Michael Brooks for a workout Tuesday, but did not sign him.

The Seahawks also made several practice-squad moves, adding defensive end Ryan Robinson and running back Cierre Wood. The team placed running back Demitrius Bronson and defensive linemen Julius Warmsley on the practice squad injured list. Seattle also released linebacker L.J. Fort from the practice squad.
RENTON, Wash. -- Cornerback Richard Sherman (back), defensive end Michael Bennett (toe), backup center Stephen Schilling (knee) and cornerback Tharold Simon (knee) were new additions Thursday to the list of players who did not practice for the Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll does not talk to reporters on Thursdays, so we won’t know the status of these players until after practice Friday.

It would be a big surprise if either Sherman or Bennett had injuries that would keep them from playing Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Simon is a concern for a couple of reasons. He returned from knee surgery two games ago and is starting for Byron Maxwell, who has been out for two games with a calf strain. Maxwell did not practice again Thursday.

Schilling has started the last three games for center Max Unger, who has returned to practice this week on a limited basis after suffering a foot injury Oct. 6 against the Washington Redskins.

Also not practicing Thursday were linebacker Malcolm Smith (groin), defensive tackle Jordan Hill (ankle) and backup safety Jeron Johnson (concussion).

Guard James Carpenter was a full participant in practice after being limited Wednesday with back spasms. Running back Marshawn Lynch also returned to practice after his usual off day Wednesday.
RENTON, Wash. -- Running back Christine Michael was among five players who did not practice Monday for the Seahawks. Michael strained a hamstring at practice last week and did not play in the final preseason game at Oakland Thursday night.

Others who did not practice were cornerback Tharold Simon (knee), tight end Cooper Helfet (knee) guard Lemuel Jeanpierre (neck) and rookie outside linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, who injured his left hamstring in the Oakland game.

Outside linebacker Bruce Irvin and rookie wide receiver Kevin Norwood -- two players who were out during training camp -- have returned to practice on a limited basis.

Irvin had hip surgery in June and Norwood had foot surgery a month ago to remove bone spurs from his ankle.

“We’re taking it day to day,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Irvin and Norwood. “We’ll see how they handle it. We’re hopeful they will have a chance to play.”

Cornerback Jeremy Lane also was limited in practice with a groin injury. Lane is the team’s starting nickelback. He did not play at Oakland.

Bowie waived with shoulder injury

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RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Michael Bowie, who started eight games as a rookie last season, was waived injured Saturday by the team. Bowie has a shoulder injury that will require surgery. His expected recovery time in four to six months.

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Bowie, 22, was expected to battle rookie Justin Britt for the starting job at right tackle but only practiced the first day of camp before his shoulder injury sidelined him.

Bowie’s situation makes the reasoning for the signing of free-agent tackle Eric Winston, who has made 119 consecutive NFL starts, clear.

Winston, 30, is the starter for the moment because Britt hurt his left shoulder early in Saturday’s mock game scrimmage, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did not say how long the injury would keep Britt out.

Rookie safety Dion Bailey suffered a sprained left ankle during the scrimmage, but x-rays were negative.

As expected, running back Marshawn Lynch did not participate in the mock game, watching from the sidelines. Lynch ended his eight-day holdout Thursday.

Left guard James Carpenter (calf) middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (hamstring), rookie receiver Kevin Norwood (foot) and rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh (groin) also watched from the sidelines.

Rookie second-round draft pick Paul Richardson still has a bruised shoulder, tweeting that he’s in recovery mode until Monday.

The three players who had offseason surgery -- strong safety Kam Chancellor, outside linebacker Malcolm Smith and left tackle Russell Okung -- did not participate.

Kellen Davis a surprise inactive

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Seattle Seahawks had a big surprise on the inactive list when tight end Kellen Davis was announced as one of the seven players who will not suit up for the Super Bowl.

That leaves Seattle with only two tight ends for the game -- starter Zach Miller and rookie Luke Willson. Davis (6-foot-7, 265 pounds) has been used quite a bit as an extra blocker, especially in goal-line situations.

There was no report this week of Davis being injured or missing practice.

The other six inactives were not a surprise: receiver Bryan Walters, rookie running back Christine Michael, offensive tackles Michael Bowie and Caylin Hauptmann, defensive tackle Jordan Hill and defensive end Benson Mayowa.
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said receiver Percy Harvin has returned to full speed and won’t have any restrictions on his participation in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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"He did great [in practice this week] and looked 100 percent and full speed the whole time," Carroll said after Friday’s practice. "He looks ready to go. I have no hesitations in saying that. He’s playing and doing everything we can ask him to do, every aspect of it."

That likely means Harvin will return kickoffs along with playing receiver.

Four players did not practice Friday -- receiver Doug Baldwin (hip pointer), linebacker K.J. Wright [foot], running back Marshawn Lynch [knee bruise] and cornerback Bryon Maxwell [neck]. All four are listed as probable for the Super Bowl.

"Actually, they’re more than probable," Carroll said. "They’re fine, and they’ll play."

Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane was limited in practice with a sore ankle, but Carroll said Mebane will be fine by next weekend.
RENTON, Wash. -- With Percy Harvin declaring his ready to go, it appears the Seahawks will be close to full strength for the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos.

Receiver Doug Baldwin and running back Marshawn Lynch didn't practice Thursday, but both should be fine for the game on Feb. 2.

Baldwin has a hip pointer, but said Thursday that he's fine. Lynch is listed as having a knee injury, but his non-participation in practice is more about getting rest.

Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, who has a sore ankle, returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday. He also should be full speed for the Super Bowl.
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and receiver Doug Baldwin did not practice Wednesday, but all three are expected to play in the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2.

Lynch was getting his usual Wednesday day of rest. He had a bruising 109-yard rushing performance on 22 carries in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Mebane has a sore ankle and Baldwin has a hip pointer, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday that both men should be fine by Super Bowl Sunday.

As expected, receiver Percy Harvin was a full participant in practice after missing Sunday’s game with a concussion.
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said receiver Doug Baldwin suffered a hip pointer in the NFC Championship Game, but he believes Baldwin will be OK in time for the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2.

“He’s banged up a little bit,” Carroll said. “He’ll be a little bit slow on Wednesday [at practice] and this week, but he’ll be OK for the game.”

Baldwin had one of his best games of the season Sunday in the 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, catching six passes for 106 yards. He also returned a kickoff 69 yards, which came after he injured his hip in the second half.

Baldwin was asked after the game how the hip injury affected him.

“Significantly,’’ he said. “I’m going to be pretty hurt [Monday], but it’s the game that we play. You deal with those injuries and pains. It’s nothing new.”

Carroll also was asked how linebacker K.J. Wright was feeling after playing for the first time since undergoing surgery on Dec. 11 to repair a foot fracture.

“He has a sore foot, but it’s not bad,’’ Carroll said. “He feels OK. He was really excited that he didn’t reinjure himself and made it through it.”

Carroll also said that defensive tackle Brandon Mebane will be limited in practice this week with a sore ankle, but should be fine for the Super Bowl.

Carroll said running back Marshawn Lynch will get some get some rest this week after taking some big hits Sunday when he rushed for 109 yards on 22 carries, including a 40-yard touchdown run.
RENTON, Wash. -- Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said receiver Percy Harvin would not practice Wednesday and was seeing doctors in the afternoon to further evaluate his status after suffering a concussion in the playoff win over New Orleans last weekend.

Harvin must go through the NFL concussion protocol all week before a determination is made about his ability to play Sunday in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Carroll also said that outside linebacker K.J. Wright, who had surgery one month ago to repair a foot fracture, returned to practice. Wright suffered the injury Dec. 8 at San Francisco.
RENTON, Wash. -- Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright had surgery to repair a fractured foot only a month ago, but he could play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the 49ers.

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"He has a chance," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday. "He ran well [Monday]. We'll take a look at him Wednesday [in practice] and see where he's at. But he definitely has a chance to play. We'll have to wait and see.”

Carroll said the status of receiver Percy Harvin, who suffered a concussion in the first half of the playoff game Saturday against New Orleans, depends on how he makes it through the concussion protocol procedure this week.

"We have to make sure we do the right thing,” Carroll said. "We're not going to stretch the limits on this. We're going to make sure he's OK.”

Carroll said they won't know until Wednesday or Thursday if Harvin is cleared to play. Carroll said there were no other injuries against New Orleans and everyone else is expected to play Sunday.

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