Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said during his regular Monday press conference this afternoon that defensive lineman Michael Bennett could play next Sunday at Indianapolis.
Bennett was carted off the field in the first half of Sunday’s 23-20 overtime win at Houston, but while the incident looked scary, the only injury that was diagnosed was a strained back muscle.
Carroll said today that Bennett felt “really good today” and is slated to practice this week with the idea of playing against the Colts.
Carroll also reiterated that RT Breno Giacomini had arthroscopic surgery today on his ailing knee, but that he could be back quickly. Carroll did not give a set timeline and the general thought is he would be out 2-4 weeks or so.
Carroll also said center Max Unger may be able to play this week but that the team will be ”very protective” of Unger early in the week during practice to assure he does not suffer any setbacks.
Carroll said the only other injury was suffered by cornerback and returner Jeremy Lane, who tweaked his hamstring.
Linebacker K.J. Wright left for a while in the first half with a shoulder injury but returned.
Carroll also said that defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin will return to practice this week from his four-game suspension for PED use. For now, the team has an exemption to its 53-man roster for Irvin to practice. If he is going to play this week, however, Seattle would have to cut someone from the roster by Saturday.
I’ll pass along more from Carroll’s press conference today later.
Here is some video of Carroll’s opening statement today: