RENTON — The Seahawks listed a season-high 26 players on their injury report Wednesday.
But by Friday there was only one player ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Vikings — safety Jamal Adams — with five others questionable and everyone else good to go.
That Adams was declared out was no surprise, as coach Pete Carroll had said Wednesday that Adams would miss a second consecutive game after suffering a groin injury in the fourth quarter of a victory over the Cowboys on Sept. 27.
And of the five questionable players, Carroll indicated that two — cornerback Quinton Dunbar and guard Mike Iupati — have a good chance to play Sunday.
The other three listed as questionable — safety Lano Hill (back), linebacker Jordyn Brooks (knee) and running back Carlos Hyde (shoulder) — may be held out, especially with Seattle having its bye after the Minnesota game.
After Friday’s practice Carroll said Iupati was dealing with back spasms and should be able to play Sunday, adding that the spasms “resolved really quickly.” Carroll said Dunbar has “a really good chance” to play against the Vikings.
Tre Flowers has started in place of Dunbar the past two weeks and would get the call again if Dunbar has a setback. Asked if the two might split time, Carroll said “got to wait and see.”
With Adams out and Hill questionable, Ryan Neal is expected to again start at safety alongside Quandre Diggs.
Hill has missed the past two games, and Carroll said the team continues to examine his injury to see if he may be out a long time, seeming to hint at a possible stint on injured reserve.
Hyde did not play last week because of a sore shoulder, and the Seahawks could be careful with him this week knowing they have a bye next week. The same holds true with Brooks, who suffered a knee injury against Dallas and did not play last week.
Carroll, though, said Brooks has been making progress in his recovery, which at least provides optimism he’d return after the bye.
“I just walked off the field with him, and he is feeling a lot better, and he has made a turn,” Carroll said. “So it’s positive. Again, with that (bye) week next week looming it’s kind of hard to not utilize that for some of these guys, so that’s in the back of my mind for sure.”
If Hyde can’t play, the Seahawks would use Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas as backups to Chris Carson, as they did last week at Miami.
Dallas, a rookie out of the University of Miami, had 8 yards on two carries, and Homer, also from Miami, had four carries for 5 yards. Both also made an impact in the passing game, with Homer catching his first touchdown on a 3-yarder right before halftime and Dallas making two receptions for 15 yards.
“Those two guys are just feeding off one another, and they’re a great pair,” Carroll said.
Adams, Hill and Brooks did not practice Friday. Hyde, Iupati, Brown, Dunbar and linebacker Cody Barton (quad) were listed as limited in practice, with the rest of the players listed as full participants.
Adams said in his weekly appearance on Sirius’ UNINTERRUPTED 17 Weeks podcast that he was struggling with not playing.
“I didn’t want to be out there, because I felt like I was letting them down,” Adams said. “I didn’t want to feel like I wasn’t playing. Does that make sense? Like that’s the reason why I had to get out of the meeting rooms, because I was beating myself up. Because I was so mad and sad that I wasn’t going to be on the field and compete with my brothers. You know what I mean? I really felt like I was letting Seattle down. I was letting the fans down, Pete Carroll, 3 (Russell Wilson). I felt like I was letting all them boys down, the whole entire building, because they did so much for me.”
Carroll said one reason he ruled Adams out early in the week was so he could focus on rehab without there being any lingering thought of trying to play this week.
“It’s really hard on him, because he’s so competitive and he’s at the far end of the spectrum in the kind of energy that he brings and operates with and his expectations are so high and all … ” Carroll said. “So we’ve worked our way through it, and that’s why I made the declaration for him early, so we’re not hanging with it during the week, and we want to make sure and get him right.”
Carroll, though, indicated the plan to have Adams concentrate on rehabbing this week has gone well and that he will return when the Seahawks play Arizona on Oct. 25 following their bye.
“He’s going to be ready next turn,” Carroll said. “Just not this one.”
Will Snacks Harrison play?
The Seahawks’ big transaction of the week was adding veteran defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison to the practice squad.
The team signed Harrison to the practice squad instead of the 53-man roster in part so Carroll could get a look at him for a few practices and assess what condition he is in — Harrison has not done any football activity since last season with Detroit.
Harrison practiced the past three days, and Carroll said he did well enough that “it gives us a chance to choose” if he can be active Sunday night.
The Seahawks on Saturday can elevate Harrison off the practice squad to the active roster for the game.
Teams can activate two players a week, and it seems likely that Seattle could elevate Harrison and veteran safety Damarious Randall, who also was elevated last week as depth with Adams and Hill out.
Carroll was vague on if the Seahawks will do that, saying, “We’ll play it all the way through the weekend before we determine what we’re doing there.”
Teams can elevate players only twice before they would have to go the traditional route of signing them to the 53-player roster and then having the players go through waivers to go back to the practice squad.
With the bye next week Seattle could use that move with Harrison this week and then again Oct. 25 against Arizona if it wanted before having to sign him to the 53.
However, players on a practice squad can be signed to another team’s 53-player roster at any time, though teams this year can also protect four players on their 16-player practice squad each Tuesday so they cannot sign with another team.
Seattle this week protected Randall and cornerback Gavin Heslop, who each were elevated last week against Miami.
Hill potentially going on IR could open a spot on the 53 for Randall or Harrison, if needed.