Your daily dose of the most negative news in the Seattle Seahawks universe: injuries.
Turns out there’s one benefit to those dreaded Thursday night games; extra rest before the next game! The Seahawks took good advantage of those extra days, as a few players look like they’re back in the pink – or more literally, back in the College Navy, Action Green and Wolf Gray. On to the report!
Player: Jon Ryan
Perhaps the best news, punter Ryan got a full practice in on Thursday after just making it through a light session the day before. While he has yet to clear the league’s concussion protocol, Coach Carroll expects him to play Saturday. The team hasn’t signed another punter, perhaps because this kid they already have on the roster told Coach he used to punt in high school. Russell somebody…probably a pretty good athlete. Luckily, it doesn’t look like it will come to that.
Player: Michael Bennett
A critical piece of the potential championship puzzle, the Hawks were happy to see defensive end Bennett get in a full practice on Thursday after sitting out practice Wednesday. He showed few lingering effects of his neck injury from the Rams game; Carson Palmer was probably hoping for a different present under his tree – and in his backfield.
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Player: Brock Coyle
The good news keeps on coming, as linebacker Coyle put in his second straight day of full practice. He had missed four straight games due to his foot injury, so you know he’s anxious to get back on the field and contribute. Getting Coyle back in the the rotation just in time for the push for premium playoff positioning is another pretty Christmas present for the Seahawks.
In our previous injury update, we’d mentioned the Hawks’ signing of running backs J.D. McKissic and Terrence Magee. While you may have thought the designation of McKissic as a running back was just another harebrained goof, as he was exclusively a wide receiver for his previous team, the Falcons, Seattle is in fact working him out at running back. Coach Carroll said that he liked McKissic’s versatility, and that the team was working on creative ways to fit him in. Imagine that, a potential new toy for the offense! Magee fits the more traditional mold of the running back, and gives the team much needed depth. Hey, sometimes you want a shiny toy, but you can always use the dependable cardigan, too.
One more update on Christmas Eve; until then, go Hawks!