Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks ( 2-2) moved forward and picked up the pieces from Sunday’s carnage. While the Seahawks left Glendale Arizona with a 20 to 17 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the team lost All-Pro Safety Earl Thomas ( leg fracture), promising Rookie Will Dissly ( patella )to injuries and on Tuesday it was announced that Linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.
Kendricks was appealing the charges and his ability to the Seahawks had been week to week.
The Seahawks placed Thomas and Dissily on the injured reserve list and resigned Maurice Alexander, T.J Green and promoted tight end Darrell Daniels from the practice squad to fill the roster spots vacated by the injuries the injuries to Thomas and Dissly and the suspension to Kendricks.
Alexander signed with Seattle as a free agent in March but was released prior to the start of the season after spending the last four seasons with the Rams and started 23 games.
Green appeared in 31 games the past two season and started 11 games after being drafted out of Clemson in the second round of the 2016 draft.
Safety Tedric Thompson is expected to start at free safety for Thomas. Thompson started the Seahawks four preseason games while Thomas held out hoping to get a contract extension. Thomas returned to the team and in time to start in the Seahawks season opener at Denver. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll believes Thompson is ready for the job.
“Tedric steps up, yep. Just as we had gone (over) earlier, we’re excited about Tedric’s play and he’s been playing quite a bit in the dime group that we’ve been playing. He’s been on the field a lot,’ Said Carroll. ” It was nothing new for him to get out there. He’s been a big contributor on special teams as well. He’s just played solidly. Hasn’t had many attempts at making plays on the ball yet, but he’s been very solid. We expect him to play really well.”
Nick Vannett will step into the starting tight end position for the injured Dissly according to Carroll.
“Will Dissly, we’re going to miss him,” Carroll said. “He’s a good football player and everything we’ve ever said about Will—he was just getting started—he was a factor in there. Now Nick has to step up and do a nice job, and the adjustments that we make need to follow but all of that.”
With K.J. Wright still nursing a knee injury and Kendricks suspended Austin Calitro will be the starting weakside linebacker on Sunday. As for facing the 4-0 Rams who have the NFL’s number one offense, Carroll believes his team will need to play a solid and disciplined game.