SEATTLE Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has provided an update on the injury status of running back Kenneth Walker III.
Speaking to the media on Monday, Carroll confirmed that this diagnosis remains the same.
He explained that “those are the kind of strains that it takes some time to figure it out,” adding that they will “see how he does in the next couple of days and see what that means.”
As for Walker’s status for their rapidly approaching Thursday Night Football game against their division rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, Carroll said they didn’t know yet.
Should Walker miss out on the primetime matchup at Lumen Field, it sounds as if it will be down to seventh-round rookie Kenny McIntosh to take his place.
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Carroll said the former Georgia back is “ready to go,” going on to say: “He’ll go right to the front with this thing.”
McIntosh has spent the majority of this season on Injured Reserve, only coming off it prior to their 29-26 Week 10 win over the Washington Commanders.
“He’s got really good versatility and has shown his catching ability in the throwing game,” Carroll said of McIntosh.
“He’s a scatback, good quicks, good change of direction, good movement and stuff.
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“You guys haven’t had a real good chance to see him yet but we’re really excited about the prospect of Kenny getting some shots here.”
Not that McIntosh will bear all the weight of the run game, with fellow rookie Zach Charbonnet also set to play along with fourth-year pro DeeJay Dallas.
Second-round pick Charbonnet led the Seahawks in rushing on Sunday, with 47 yards on fifteen carries, along with another 22 yards through the air.
Dallas finished with four yards on one carry.
Elsewhere, while Carroll remained non-committal in providing a firm answer, it seems that quarterback Geno Smith is trending in the right direction to play after he suffered a triceps injury on Sunday.
Speaking on 710 Seattle Sports, Carroll said: “They’re taking a look at it but they pretty much know what’s going on there.
“It’s just see how soon it settles down. Like I said, it’s a good sign that he’s functional so that’s not the issue, so it’s just how sore he is. He’ll make it back.”
And when asked if Smith would be back in time for their Thanksgiving game, Carroll responded: “I would think so,” before adding: “The challenge couldn’t be any harder.”
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As for safety Jamal Adams, Carroll remained hopeful that after missing the Rams game with a knee injury, he’ll be back in time for Thursday.
He said: “Hopefully, these added days here between the last game and this one will give him a chance to get out there,” adding that Adams didn’t play on Sunday as “he wasn’t able to move like he needs to.”