Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that linebacker Matt McCoy suffered a serious knee sprain against Atlanta on Sunday and will be out for awhile, but does not need surgery and is expected to return at some point this season. So the team at this point does not anticipate placing him on the season-ending, injured reserve list.
“He got a significant knee sprain that it’s going to be awhile before he gets back,” Carroll said about McCoy. “It doesn’t look like he needs surgery at this time, but it’s a significant sprain, and he’s going to out for awhile.”
Carroll did not have an update on Mike Williams and his concussion, other than he has to go through the process of passing concussion tests to make it back on the field.
Carroll said that the team is hopeful that safety Kam Chancellor (thigh bruise) can get back on the field this week. And Robert Gallery (groin) will not return to practice until after the bye week.
Also, nothing new on linebacker Malcolm Smith and defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove and their hamstring injuries, other than Carroll said he’ll know more on Wednesday. Carroll did say that Smith’s injured his hamstring on his other leg, after suffering a hamstring injury earlier this season.
Asked if he had any second thoughts on Steven Hauschka attempting a 61-yard field goal at the end of Sunday’s game, Carroll had this to say: “Only that I wish it would’ve gone. You easily could have gone the other way on that, and it’s one of those coaches’ choices. But I wanted to win the game right there and then, and not take a chance on not converting on fourth down.
“And Steve was kicking the ball really well. He bombed one in practice on a long field goal situation a week ago that was a monster kick, so I know he can kick the ball far enough to do that. And so we took a shot at capturing the moment to win a football game there following a great comeback. And unfortunately it didn’t happen.”
Aaron Curry and K.J. Wright will continue to split time at outside linebacker. Curry actually played more than Wright on Sunday, according to Carroll, and the competition remains open for snaps at that position.
“They both did some good things,” Carroll said. “I thought that Aaron really played a strong game. He did a nice job, and he’s responded to the challenge. So we’ll go in this week and see what happens.”
Carroll also addressed his team burning two timeouts during the second half on defense because they had too many men on the field, leaving the offense with just one timeout at the end of the game.
“We were trying to match, but in the mix of it we made two mistakes there,” Carroll said. “They’re different, but they were in similar situations. We had to use the timeouts of give up a penalty. As you know, as soon as it happens you hope it doesn’t cost us, and of course it did. And we dearly would have loved to have those at the end of the game, but that’s the way it went.
“But the mechanics on the sidelines, sometimes we get over exuberant and guys go jacked up on the field sooner than they have to, and coaches have to do a better job, and players have to do a good job of taking care of that. But that definitely hurt in that situation.”