Yet coach Pete Carroll says there is light at the end of the Seahawks' seemingly deep, dark abyss of aches and pains.
Max Unger took what the coach described before practice as a personal day, and Carroll expects his two-time Pro Bowl center to practice Thursday on the road to potentially playing Sunday against the New York Giants for the first time in more than a month since he sprained his foot. Marshawn Lynch got his normal, Wednesday rest.
Carroll had expected Kam Chancellor and Russell Okung to practice half of today's outdoor workout here in Renton, but the team listed each as not participating. We've discussed Chancellor's pain often here -- this is going to be a weekly deal of him being on injury reports and being extremely limited all practice week in efforts to play in each game. Last week was the strong safety's first missed game since 2011, though my sense was the Seahawks were saving him from the Oakland game so he could play this challenging stretch of seven games that awaits Seattle to end the regular season.
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Doug Baldwin's groin injury is apparently at least a tad more than minor, as Carroll had estimated it was following Sunday's win over the Raiders. That's a reason Bryan Walters is back on the team to return punts this week, after Baldwin did it on a fill-in basis last week. Carroll said today the team re-signed Walters Tuesday "to get him right back in."
Stephen Schilling's knee injury becomes a bigger concern if Unger doesn't make it back to play against New York. Schilling's injury is why Patrick Lewis, a fourth-string center Seattle had alread cut this season, started against Oakland.
James Carpenter's status for the Giants' game remains iffy, at best. He was in a walking boot for a sprained ankle to begin the week. Carroll said he walked off the field with his starting left guard during this morning's walkthrough workout and Carpenter told his coach he had this same sprain on his same ankle as a senior at Alabama in 2010, so that gives the Seahawks' training staff a precedent to treat his more recent sprain in hopes of getting him ready to play Sunday.
Carroll said Malcolm Smith is going to be out at least another week, but that Maxwell has a chance to practice late this week and perhaps play against the Giants. Carroll also said the team was "leaning" toward having undrafted rookie Brock Coyle make his second consecutive and career start at middle linebacker with K.J. Wright on the outside again with Bruce Irvin against New York.
O'Brien Schofield's injury is the only new one on this long list. He played 19 snaps on defense and 14 more on special teams against Oakland.
If any of these nine Seahawks that were missing from practice today remain out tomorrow, that will mean Seattle's injury situation for the upcoming New York game isn't making quite the turn as the team has been hoping.