Carroll said it was too soon to know if Willson would be back this week against Arizona but added the early indications point to a possibly quick recovery.
RENTON — Contributing to the Seahawks’ offensive issues in Sunday’s 23-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams was a depleted tight-end position that took a further hit during the game when Luke Willson left in the second quarter because of a concussion.
The good news is that Willson made “marked improvements’’ Monday, coach Pete Carroll said. Willson was injured on a hit by St. Louis cornerback Trumaine Johnson that drew a flag for unnecessary roughness.
Willson played just 18 snaps, and after he departed the Seahawks had just one tight end — Cooper Helfet — who played 52 snaps despite a sore thigh.
The Seahawks entered the game with just two tight ends, with recently acquired Chase Coffman inactive and Anthony McCoy being placed on injured reserve Saturday because of an ankle injury.
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“It does change us a little bit, yeah, it did,’’ Carroll said of Willson’s injury. “Just some of the substitutions are a little bit different and all of that, and the plays that we had designed for Luke we have to adjust. So that always is going to affect you. Luke’s a big part of what we’re doing.”
Carroll said it was too soon to know if Willson would be back this week but added the early indications point to a possibly quick recovery. It was the first concussion of Willson’s career, Carroll said.
“It’s something we’ll treat very seriously, make sure that he’s OK,” Carroll said. “He’s already making progress, which is a really good sign for somebody that comes back from that. Often, the guys make no progress in the first two or three days. That’s good. We’ll see what happens, though. We’ll take good care of him.”
Chancellor, Okung could be back
Carroll said both Okung and strong safety Kam Chancellor, who missed a second consecutive game because of a pelvic injury, could be back for the Arizona game, as well as defensive tackle Jordan Hill, who has missed the past four games because of a toe injury.
“There’s a chance that those guys can get back,’’ Carroll said. “We’ll see how it goes.’’
Carroll said he would expect both Okung and Chancellor to be able to play in the postseason if they miss the Arizona game.
“You would think that if they don’t make it this week, they should make it the week after,’’ Carroll said. “That’s what we would think. We don’t know, but that’s what we’re counting on.”
Hawks hope to get Bennett’s toe right
Defensive tackle Michael Bennett has been playing through a nagging big toe injury that had him listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
The injury didn’t cause Bennett to miss time Sunday but it might have impacted his play, and Carroll said the team will do some things this week to reduce the impact of the injury. Regardless, Carroll said Bennett should play against Arizona.
“We’re going to take care of it this week with some stuff that we’re going to do with him to see if we can make a little jump here,’’ Carroll said. “It’s been kind of nagging him, and you can see it a little bit, but he’s still playing hard.’’