Injuries have cost the Seahawks a couple of players when RG Oday Aboushi was declared lost for the season Friday after dislocating his shoulder three weeks ago, and RB Chris Carson had his comeback temporarily thwarted by an ankle sprained in practice this week.
“We’re looking to try to find the time where we can put him back on the practice field in the next week or the week after that,” Carroll said Friday after practice ahead of the 1:25 p.m. Sunday game at Jacksonville, where the Jaguars (8-4) are 2½-point favorites over the 8-4 Seahawks. “We’re looking with real optimism, but I don’t know if that is going to happen after the little setback.”
Carroll said Carson “had a little bit of an ankle turn” and will be re-evaluated Wednesday. Carroll had been wishing hard for the return of the rookie seventh-rounder because, amazingly, his 208 rushing yards, before he broke an ankle in week four, remain the most among Seattle running backs.
Carson is eligible to return from the injured reserve list at any time, but Carroll wants him to practice for two weeks ahead of a return to game action. The Seahawks have only three regular-season games left after Sunday.
RB Mike Davis, elevated from the practice squad three weeks ago, is expected t0 start.
QB Russell Wilson leads the team in rushing with 432 yards and a 5.1 average, then comes Carson, followed by Eddie Lacy (179), J.D. McKissic (143) and Thomas Rawls (129) and Davis (82).
Aboushi was hurt Nov. 20 in the loss to Atlanta, and is destined for the injured reserve list. That pending move was preceded earlier in the week by the activation of C Joey Hunt from the practice squad.
Aboushi, a five-year vet who played with the Texans and Jets before signing a one-year, $975,000 contract with the Seahawks in free agency, played eight games.
The only other player listed as questionable is DE Dion Jordan (neck stinger), whom Carroll said would be a game-time decision.
Otherwise, Carroll insisted that the Seahawks’ health was in “darn good shape for this time of year.” That is, of course, not counting SS Kam Chancellor and CB Richard Sherman, both out for the year.
But neither was in uniform for Sunday’s 24-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the team with the NFL’s best record.
“In that game in particular, they were a team that had seven blow-outs,” Carroll said. “I don’t know if they’ve trailed early all year, and hadn’t given up a touchdown in the first quarter. Those kind of things are good accomplishments.
“On offense, we felt really good about it and thrilled to see that we were football early on. The game became a different game than they were accustomed to playing. It gave us a chance to see for the first time how they would respond (from behind). We’ve been in enough close games, we’re comfortable.”
A similar start is almost imperative in a road game against a defense that leads the league in fewest points allowed (14.8 ppg) , leads in sacks (45) and is No. 2 in turnover differential (+12).