Shaquill Griffin, who had not practiced all week due to an ankle injury suffered against Arizona, was not listed on the status report, indicating he has been cleared to play.
One of the big questions for the Seahawks entering their wild-card playoff game Saturday against Dallas has been answered — the status of cornerback Shaquill Griffin.
Seattle’s official status report for Saturday listed just two players as in any sort of question regarding their availability for the game — fullback Tre Madden, listed as doubtful due to a hamstring injury, and guard J.R. Sweezy, given the questionable designation with a foot injury.
But that was it, with the other 51 players on the active 53-man roster considered healthy to play, including Griffin, who sat out the last three quarters of the game Sunday against Arizona with an ankle injury.
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Griffin did not practice Tuesday and Wednesday, which threw his status into doubt. But he was a full participant Thursday and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he “looked great” in practice and will play against the Cowboys. Griffin was replaced by Akeem King against the Cardinals and King worked with the first unit in practice this week when Griffin was out, ready to step in again if needed.
Madden did not take part in practice all week, with an injury also suffered against the Cardinals, and his doubtful status points to him probably not playing, though Carroll indicated they’ll reassess him before the game.
Sweezy suffered a foot injury against Kansas City on Dec. 23 and did not play against Arizona. Carroll characterized the injury as usually requiring a three- to four-week recovery time. But Carroll also said last week he was optimistic Sweezy would make it back for the Dallas game, and he said again Thursday Sweezy might be able to play.
“He’s got a good chance,” Carroll said. “He feels great. We’ll find out at game time if he can play.”
Sweezy has been a key to Seattle’s resurgent running game this season and had started every game until last week.
The urgency of a playoff game increases the odds of Sweezy playing, but Carroll said they’ll need to see a few things before he gets the go-ahead.
“He’s got to run and stay in control of all the movements he’s got to do and feel OK about it and then we’ve got to sense his confidence that he feels good about it,’’ Carroll said. “He’s telling us everything like he would but he’s got to show us.’’
If Sweezy can’t play, Ethan Pocic is expected to again fill in at left guard.
Pocic had two holding calls against him when thrust into action late in a defeat against the 49ers on Dec. 16 after having seen no action since the second game of the season. He started the first two games at left guard before D.J. Fluker returned. Pocic started at right guard against the Chiefs in place of Fluker, then moved to left guard when Sweezy went down.
All of that resulted in some uneven play. But Carroll said Pocic has steadied his game over the past few weeks and the team has confidence in him if he has to start for Sweezy.
“He played much better last week than the week before,’’ Carroll said. “Feel very comfortable with it. Just, it’s hard coming in and having to jump right at it and be top-flight, but he got better as the (Kansas City) game went on and coming back into the next week he just did a better job just like you would think.’’
Seattle had a makeshift offensive line for the Arizona game, with Pocic and Germain Ifedi at guard and George Fant at right tackle. But Fluker’s return to the right guard spot means Ifedi will go back to right tackle and, if so, the only starter who might miss the game is Sweezy.
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Here are a few other notes:
- Chris Carson was named NFC offensive player of the month for December after rushing for 100 or more yards in each of the past three games. Carson was rested much of this week in practice but Carroll said he is “raring to go again” against the Cowboys. Rashaad Penny also is back to full health, Carroll said, giving Seattle its full complement of tailbacks for the Dallas game. “We are in good shape at that position,” he said.
- Carroll said again that K.J. Wright is fully back without limitations, able to play every snap against Dallas if need be. He played 47 of 66 against the Cardinals, coming out in some sub packages. “He feels great,” Carroll said. “Like everybody around here says, K.J. back.”
- Duane Brown had a sore knee coming out of the Arizona game and was rested earlier in the week, Carroll said, but is fine now.
- Dallas has one significant injury question entering the game with starting left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo listed as doubtful with a sprained ankle suffered last week against the Eagles. He would be replaced by rookie Connor Williams, who started 10 games this season before being injury and then replaced by Su’a-Filo.
- Carroll on AT&T Stadium, ala Jerry World: “Real glitzy place, you know? When you come out of a football locker room ready to play football, and you go into a nightclub, it’s kind of, ‘You are in the club. No wait a minute, got to play ball,’ and then you come back to the club. It’s unusual. And then they are right with you, too. Those ones behind you, I don’t know how they see the game. But it doesn’t look like they care. It’s an unusual place.”