The second-year running back also sat out against Arizona earlier this season when listed as questionable heading into the game.

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The Seahawks listed three key players as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers — safety Bradley McDougald, linebacker K.J. Wright and running back Chris Carson.

But Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said McDougald and Wright — who have had knee issues this season — were just resting when they sat out practices this week and that they are expected to play against  the Chargers.

Carroll indicated Carson will play, but his status sounds a little more uncertain.

Carson, who leads the team in rushing with 457 yards, practiced Friday despite what Carroll called a groin issue. Carson was officially listed as having a hip injury.

“He practiced every day this week,” Carroll said. “Just got to make sure on game day that he’s OK. If not, we’ll go with other guys and move forward. We’ll see.’’

Carson was also listed as questionable, but expected to play, when he battled a hip injury before a Sept. 30 game at Arizona. Carson ended up not being active for that game,  with Mike Davis starting and rushing for 101 yards in a 20-17 victory.

Davis would undoubtedly get the start if Carson were not able to play against the Chargers while the Seahawks could also use first-round pick Rashaad Penny more.

Penny has not had an offensive snap in two of the last three games and has rushed for 135 yards on 38 carries this season.

“He’s doing fine,’’ Carroll said of Penny, who has emerged as the team’s primary kickoff returner. “He just wants to play more and I don’t blame him one bit. He just wants to get out there more, but it just hasn’t happened enough for him to get a chance to really show it. But I am hoping that we can get that done for him.’’

The Seahawks also have C.J. Prosise in reserve — he was active last week but did not play on offense.

Wright played 50 of 59 snaps against Detroit in what was his first game of the season after knee surgery; Carroll said the team wanted to take it easy with him in practice this week.

“He got through today fine,’’ Carroll said. “We rested him two days really not knowing how he could go. Yesterday we decided to just make sure to give him another day of recovery and he did fine today.’’

As for McDougald, Carroll said, “”He’s ready to go. We just wanted to rest him all the way through the week, so he’s had a good week, been working off the field. But he’s scheduled to play.’’

Backup cornerback Neiko Thorpe (groin) and backup offensive lineman Jordan Simmons (calf) were listed as doubtful.

For the Chargers, running back Melvin Gordon was listed as questionable with a hamstring but with a general expectation he will be able to play (the Chargers were off last week and Gordon last played Oct. 14) while defensive end Joey Bosa (foot) was ruled out.


When the Seahawks waived veteran receiver Brandon Marshall this week, one reason is that they needed a receiver who could help more on special teams (Thorpe is a key special teamer and didn’t play last week and might not this week, creating a hole in coverage units).

Seattle replaced Marshall with undrafted rookie free agent Malik Turner of Illinois, and Carroll said  to expect Turner to be in the team’s receiver rotation (Seattle has just five) as well as on special teams.

“He’ll be in the rotations, ready to help wherever we need him,’’ Carroll said.

Turner was one of the team’s standouts during the exhibition season with five receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown and has been on the practice squad since Sept. 12.

“He was really steady throughout,’’ Carroll said. “We liked him on special teams and that was a big part of the consideration right here that he can jump in at a couple places. We think he’s ahead in that regard. We’ll find out how he does. But he really did everything well. He blocks well, he catches well, he runs good routes, he’s tough. … so we feel really confident he can do a good job.’’


Tight end Ed Dickson played 20 snaps last week in being eased in during what was his first game of any kind this season — he didn’t play until the third series.

But Carroll said he had a good week of practice and all restrictions are off.

“Yeah, he should be a regular participant this time out,’’ Carroll said. “… We restricted him last time… he made it through the week really clean and he feels strong, so he’s going to be in the regular rotation.’’


Third-round pick Rasheem Green, a defensive end, hasn’t played since the Sept. 23 contest against Dallas because of a high ankle sprain. But he’s healthy now, listed as a full participant in practice every day this week, and ready to play if needed.

Carroll said there is no guarantee Green will be active, as all nine of the team’s defensive linemen appear healthy enough to play, and it could have only seven or eight active.

“We’ll see how it works out,’’ Carroll said. “… A lot of guys we have the opportunity to choose between.’’