Seahawks Banged Up Heading Towards Preseason Opener

There’s a good chance Seattle will be without several players for Thursday’s exhibition match against Denver.

Despite coach Pete Carroll's belief the team exited Saturday's mock game without any new injuries, a growing number of Seahawks were sidelined for Monday’s practice, hinting the team could be down quite a few players for the preseason opener.

Among those who were out on Monday, linebacker Bobby Wagner (knee), tight end Ed Dickson (knee), defensive end Rasheem Green (elbow), and tight end Jacob Hollister (hamstring) highlighted an extensive list of inactive players for Seattle. Rookie linebacker Cody Barton (groin) also remained out, while receiver DK Metcalf (oblique) progressed to doing individual drills after sitting out Saturday’s game.

Carroll refused to offer specifics on Wagner’s situation, simply indicating the All-Pro linebacker had a “minor procedure” on his lower leg that could keep him out for a short while. A league source informed Greg Ball of the Tacoma News Tribune that he received platelet-rich plasma therapy, something he, teammate K.J. Wright, and other Seahawks have undergone previously.

When asked if Wagner could play in a preseason game, Carroll smiled and said, "He could likely."

With Wagner out indefinitely and Mychal Kendricks taking care of a personal issue, the Seahawks were thin at linebacker, leaving Wright, Austin Calitro,, and Shaquem Griffin as the starters with the first-team defense on Monday. Even fullback Nick Ballore, who started as a linebacker for the 49ers earlier in his career, swung back to defense as a reserve.

While Wagner’s situation doesn’t sound overly concerning, the Seahawks will likely open the regular season without Dickson, who may need knee surgery. Regardless of whether he goes under the knife or not, Carroll expects it’ll take 4-5 weeks before he’s back in action and he certainly won’t play in any preseason games for a second straight August.

Dealing with an “old” elbow injury that flares up time to time, Green was given a day off, while Hollister’s soft tissue injury looks to be minor in nature. The status of those two players and Barton, who has now missed three straight practices, remains unclear for Thursday.

On the positive side of things, Carroll thinks Metcalf has a good chance to play against the Broncos and could’ve practiced in full today if necessary. Additionally, tight end Will Dissly hauled in multiple touchdowns during Seattle’s practice on Monday and according to Carroll, he’s also pushing to play on Thursday as he works his way back from a torn patellar tendon.

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