The Seattle Seahawks have done well to recover from their opening week loss to the Rams. Two straight wins has got them back on track. Among other things, Geno Smith is showing last year wasn't a fluke, while fifth overall draft pick Devon Witherspoon is looking like the real deal.
However, head coach Pete Carroll and company are making sure not to get too carried away. There's still plenty to work on, as the Seahawks aim to continue improving. For example, the team needs to be more consistent throughout games, while the defense is still giving up way to many yards, specifically through the air.
Another aspect to consider is the list of injuries, which continues to seemingly grow. Consider that the first injury report ahead of Week 4 had 10 players sit out practice, including six defensive starters. Suffice it to say, the bye week following the Giants game on Monday night is well-timed.
Seattle Seahawks injury report from Thursday
Did Not Participate In Practice
Charles Cross (toe): Cross has been a consistent presence on the injury report, after being carted off the field back in Week 1. The concern here is that he's still not practicing, despite apparent progress in his recovery. The offensive line has admittedly done fine without the left tackle, but the sooner he returns, the better.
DK Metcalf (ribs): This would appear to be a continuation of last week, with the Seahawks just taking a cautious approach with Metcalf. The wide receiver sat out a couple of days of practice, before returning on Friday and then playing versus the Panthers. Expect a similar sequence of events as we count down towards game time in the Meadowlands.
Phil Haynes (calf): The status regarding Haynes is unclear at this stage. He missed Sunday's game after picking up his calf injury during last week. As things stand he's officially 50/50 to face the Giants, but we'd put him on the wrong side of this.
Tre Brown (concussion): Brown was forced to leave the second quarter of the Panthers game, and his absence was noticeable. At the time of writing, he remains in concussion protocol. Given the nature of the injury, there is just no way to predict at this stage if the cornerback will be good to go on Monday.
Coby Bryant (toe): Bryant missed the Panthers game, his first regular season absence since being drafted by the Seahawks. As such, missing practice on Thursday gives at least some reason for concern. There's a good chance he'll also miss the Giants game, but we'll reserve final judgement at this point.
Dre'Mont Jones (hip): Jones is a new addition to the injury report, after leaving the Panthers game with a hip injury. The revamped defensive line will need him back asap. Carroll did advise that Jones had an encouraging day on Thursday, but he's probably a 50/50 at this stage to face the Giants.
Quandre Diggs (hamstring): Diggs sustained his hamstring injury during practice last week, but was still able to go versus the Panthers. As per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, Carroll advised the safety suffered no setback during last Sunday's game. As such, this alludes to his sitting out Thursday's practice as being a precautionary measure.
Jarran Reed (quadricep): Reed showed why the Seahawks wanted him back in Seattle as he caused chaos versus the Panthers, highlighted by 1.5 sacks. His presence on the injury report is just a continuation from last week, when he only took part in practice on the Friday. As with Jones, consider the nose tackle as a 50/50 for Monday night as things stand.
Uchenna Nwosu (achilles): Nwosu was added to the injury report for the first time this season, on Thursday. The fact he missed practice with an achilles injury, is extremely concerning. Until further clarification is provided, it's fair to assume the linebacker could be absent for a while.
Darrell Taylor (shin): Durability has been a hallmark of Taylor's time in Seattle. However, missing Thursday's practice wasn't a surprise, after he was forced to leave the Panthers game with his shin injury. Consider his status on Friday's injury report as a good indicator of whether he can go on Monday night.
Limited Participation in Practice
Will Dissly (shoulder): Dissly didn't play last Sunday, so in truth it's no surprise to see his name on the injury report. However, his limited participation is encouraging given he sat out all of last week. The tight end hopes to play in New York, and we'll know how likely this is during these next couple of days.
Julian Love (hamstring): Harsh or not, Love has been a disappointment so far to begin his Seahawks career. At the same time he's still needed, just because of how banged up the secondary is in general. Hamstrings can be notorious to shake off, but the safety did play last weekend and looks on course to feature in New York.
Artie Burns (hamstring): Burns was only signed to the active roster last week, to provide cover in the secondary. As such, he must be cursing his luck after already picking up an injury. At least he did still take part in practice to a certain extent, but again, you just can't tell with hamstring issues how it will play out.
Full Participation in Practice
Jamal Adams (knee): Seahawks fans are bracing for the long-awaited return of Adams to the football field. The safety has said he'll play on Monday, with this assessment essentially backed up by Carroll. He was a fully participant in practice last week, with this encouraging trend continuing on Thursday.
Riq Woolen (chest): After sitting out of practice all of last week, Woolen missing Sunday's game was no surprise. In fairness, Carroll had said all along this coming Monday was always going to be a more realistic target for the cornerback. In this respect, participating fully in Thursday's practice has Woolen right on track.