The Seahawks won’t know the status of their top two receivers until they warm up before Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf will be game-day decisions for the NFC West-leading Seahawks, who host the 6-1 Giants.
Metcalf, who sat out last week’s game with a knee injury, returned to practice Friday after missing the previous two days and was a limited participant.
Lockett was officially classified as limited, but he was limited to the point that Carroll described it as “Tyler was quiet today. We held him back a little bit.”
Lockett was questionable last week with a hamstring injury but was able to play, but the new issue is what Carroll called, “a little bit of an oblique from something he heard for the first time yesterday.”
Whether or not Metcalf can play Sunday, Carroll was excited to see Metcalf in training camp Friday.
“He ran today and did some stuff and looked pretty good,” Carroll said. “Just based on the initial reaction to what happened and all that, we wouldn’t have thought it was possible. He was doing some things, so today was a nice positive step.”
Carroll said nearly everyone listed as questionable will be a game-day decision, a list that includes outside linebacker Darrell Taylor (groin), defensive end Poona Ford (ankle), guard Gabe Jackson (hip/ knee) and guard Phil Haynes (concussion).
Of Taylor, who has a sack/forced fumble in each of the last two games, Carroll said, “He had work today, so he’s working his way back. We’ll see how he is until Sunday.”
Asked about Ford, Carroll said, “Same thing with him, he got back in there and was able to do some things. All of these guys you’re asking are really on the same line we’ve got to wait and see how they do, how they respond to the today’s work and all that, and we really won’t know until Sunday. We don’t need to know until Sunday.”
The Seahawks will be without linebacker and special teams captain Nick Bellore due to a concussion suffered in last week’s game. Helping mitigate that loss is the expected return of Travis Homer, who has missed the last four games while on injured reserve with a rib injury. A roster move will have to be made Saturday to add Homer to the 53-man roster, but Carroll said that’s the plan.
“Fortunately, T-Homer will be back and he’s just been a centerpiece of our special teams for a long time,” Carroll said. “It’s a big push to get him back. They play a little bit different roles, but we’ve been able to move some things around to be able to get those guys playing and fortunately not just have a great spot wherever we can.” Getting Homer back helps a lot. We always miss Nick, he’s a great player for us and a leader and all that, but he’s not going to make it this time.”
Carroll also gave a positive update on cornerback Tre Brown, who returned to practice this week for the first time since suffering a season-ending injury last November.
“As he comes back, he was out there taking regular reps, so he had a good week of work, he’s just going to start making his bid to compete for some playing time, which makes us better,” Carroll said . “I’m really happy for him, it’s been a long time for him.”
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