The Seahawks will at least one and maybe two of their top running backs available for Thursday’s Prime Time NFC West clash with the Arizona Cardinals. Thursday is a must-win for the Seahawks. While the phrase might be overused it is appropriate for this Thursday night’s game.vThe return of a healthy top tier running back greatly increases the Seahawk’s chances of winning the game.
A healthy running game will alleviate a substantial amount of pressure off quarterback Russell Wilson. Teams have been knocking Wilson around and the impact is evident in Wilson’s seven turnovers in the last two games. Wilson has been sacked 11 times and hit 22 times in the last two games.
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Wide receiver Tyler Lockett looks to be game ready after landing on the injury list earlier this week due to knee injury.
“He worked well today, he looked fine,” Carroll said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that he’s playing. He just looked too good on the practice field today. We do have to see how he is after today. That’s an unknown right now, so as much as I’d like to be optimistic about it – which I am – we do have to see if anything happens coming off the work he had.”
If the Seahawks are to snap their two game losing streak against the Cardinals both Lockett and DK Metcalf will need to get significant touches during the contest. In the week 7 contest Lockett had 15 receptions for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns while Metcalf has two receptions for 23 yards.
REINFORCEMENTS ON THE WAY
Two players yet to feature this season due to injury are running back Rashaad Penny and LB Darrell Taylor. Taylor started this year on the Non-Football Injury list after undergoing leg surgery for an injury suffered in college. Penny has been recovering from a knee injury suffered late last season. According to Carroll there no playing status could soon change.
“We’re getting to the verge of those guys coming back now,” Carroll said. “Both guys are running hard, working hard. They’re wearing out the trainers. So they just have to close in on absolutely being ready to do football movements and motions. We’ll see how this goes. It’s really been week-to-week that we’ve evaluated it, but these guys are ready to go. We’re a week away, or two weeks away probably from something happening with these guys. I’d love to see these guys come back and be a part of next week even, possibly. We’re really going to do a nice job to make sure that we don’t rush it.”