RENTON — Seahawks safety Jamal Adams will not play Sunday at Arizona, the third game Adams has missed since injuring his groin in the fourth quarter against Dallas on Sept. 27.
But Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after Friday’s practice that Adams was “really close” to being able to play before the team decided to officially declare him as out, and that he anticipates Adams will practice next week with the hope of returning Nov. 1 against San Francisco. Adams will not make the trip to Arizona to continue rehabbing, Carroll said.
“We want to make sure and get it right,” Carroll said. “And just all the consensus is it’s better to wait until next week and I anticipate that he’ll be practicing next week. Couldn’t get them out there. We hoped to and we wanted to, but we couldn’t get him out. So we’re gonna leave him home and take care of him. One more good weekend of rehab and prep and try to get him to come out next week.”
Ryan Neal will again start at strong safety with Adams out, with Adams missing a chance to play against Kyler Murray, against whom he played when each were high school stars in Texas.
The Seahawks listed only one other player on the game status report — left guard Mike Iupati, questionable with a back injury.
But Carroll made Iupati sound more doubtful than questionable, saying that Iupati has had an “uncomfortable couple of days” with the back.
If Iupati can’t play then Jordan Simmons would appear in line to again start at left guard, as he did in the win against the Vikings.
The rest of the roster is healthy enough to play, including linebacker and first-round pick Jordyn Brooks, who has missed the past two games with a knee injury, and cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who did not practice Wednesday as the team manages his sore knee.
Carroll, in fact, said Brooks had a “fantastic” week of practice. And while he wouldn’t say directly if Brooks will move back into a starting role at weakside linebacker in the base defense, he seemed to hint that’s what will happen, saying Brooks will “play considerably.”
Brooks has played 29 snaps so far this season and his speed could be a good asset in defending the running of Murray, who is 13th in the NFL in rushing yards and first among quarterbacks with 370 and a league-leading 7.3 yards-per-carry average.
Arizona listed six players as questionable, including standout receiver DeAndre Hopkins with an ankle injury. However, Hopkins has been dealing with the injury for a few weeks and has played in every game in leading the NFL in receiving yards per game with 100.2. He was able to practice on a limited basis Friday after sitting out earlier in the week, seeming to point to him playing Sunday night. Others listed as questionable for Arizona include starting right tackle Kelvin Beachum (ankle), starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (foot) and starting defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (foot).
Carroll says he “overdid it” in recovery from knee scope
Carroll confirmed he had arthroscopic surgery on his knee 10 days ago, picking the bye week to get some necessary work done. He’d hoped that would allow for enough time to basically be back to normal by Sunday’s game.
Instead, Carroll said he fell prey to the same thing the team takes great pains to prevent from players — thinking he was further along in his recovery than he was and overdoing it and suffering a little setback.
Carroll used a golf cart to get around during practice Thursday, but Friday was back on his feet, though using a cane and also relying on a garbage can to steady himself if needed.
“My rehab was going really well and then I went and, if you can imagine this, I overdid it a little bit too much,” Carroll said. ” … I went too far, too fast. So I took a step back.”
But Carroll said he won’t need to be in the coach’s booth Sunday and will be on the sidelines, saying “right” when asked if he won’t be in the booth.
“I’ll be fine,” Carroll said. “I’ll be there, no problems.”
No Snacks just yet, but Kendricks will be emergency player
A Seahawks debut for veteran defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison will wait at least one more week as Carroll said Harrison will not make the trip to Arizona so he can continue on a conditioning program.
Carroll said Harrison, listed at 6-3, 350 by the team, needs to get in football shape before being elevated to the active roster.
“He is just working to get back in shape and make sure that his conditioning is right and all of that,” Carroll said. ” … he’s making progress. We’re just going to go one week at a time.”
Seattle this week also re-signed veteran linebacker Mychal Kendricks to the practice squad. Carroll said Kendricks had a good week of practice but needs a bit more before playing after having suffered an ACL injury last Dec. 29.
“Next week will be a really big week for him,” Carroll said.
Carroll, though, said Kendricks will make the trip to Arizona and be available as an emergency player to elevate should something happen with another player.
Seattle this week also signed veteran linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong, who has 12 starts in a career that dates to 2012, to the practice squad.
Armstrong has also been a regular on special teams throughout his career and he could be a candidate to be elevated off the practice squad for Sunday to help out on special teams, especially with Harrison already ruled out and the team hoping it won’t need Kendricks yet.
- Carroll said defensive end Rasheem Green should be ready to return to practice next week off injured reserve. Green has not played since the opener at Atlanta due to a nerve/stinger issue.
- Carroll said receiver Phillip Dorsett II continues on a running program as he recovers from a foot injury and is making good progress, but that the team remains in play-it-safe mode with him to try to assure he’ll be back for good once he returns. Dorsett remains on IR and it remains unclear when he will return.
- Carroll called it “a good experiment” so far, trying rookie Stephen Sullivan — drafted as a tight end — as a defensive end. Carroll noted the team’s tight-end depth means Sullivan isn’t needed there now so they decided to take a few weeks to see if he can transition to defense. Carroll said Sullivan “had a good day in pads this week” and that the team will really look closely at him the next couple of weeks to see if he can realistically play as a defensive end in games this season.