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October 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Bobby Wagner has turf toe, and other Seahawks injury updates

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll held his  regular Monday press conference at the VMAC to dissect the 30-23 loss to Dallas. And I’ll have lots of that a little later.

For now, I’ll pass along the relevant personnel updates.

And I’ll begin with what may be the most ominous news — that middle linebacker Bobby Wagner has turf toe. Wagner suffered the injury in the second quarter and played through it. But Carroll said today the injury could be similar to the one that cost Russell Okung eight games last season.

“We’ll have to just take the next couple of days and see what that means but he’s hanged up,” Carroll said.

Asked if it might be similar to Okung’s injury last year he said “could be, yeah. We are going to wait and see. Have to assess that and figure that out.”

If Wagner were unable to play this week, the most likely scenario would be moving K.J. Wright to middle linebacker and having Malcolm Smith play at weakside. Carroll said Smith played well on Sunday after not having a defensive snap against Washington.

The news, as also reported earlier, was better on cornerback Byron Maxwell. Carroll said again he has a calf strain and not a high ankle sprain and didn’t rule out that he could be back soon, if not necessarily this week.

“We’ll have to wait and see when we get back the next couple days,” he said on Maxwell, saying the fact that it’s a calf strain means he “shouldn’t be (out) nearly as long as one of the kinds of sprains it could have been.”

As for Russell Okung and the Q13 report that he has a torn labrum, Carroll said Okung will continue to play with the injury as he has the last two games.

“He sprained his shioulder in a game a few weeks ago and returned to that game and hasn’t missed a practice since, so he’s been fine,” Carroll said. “When you sprain your shoulder your labrum is involved and there is some stretching and stuff in there. I don’t know how far that went. He came right back from it and he’s had full strength and support and all of that, so he’s okay.’’

Carroll also said Richard Sherman is fine, though he had reported some shoulder soreness after Sunday’s game.

And he said safety Kam Chancellor made it through the game okay and should be able to practice this week. Carroll noted that Chancellor did not practice at all last week.

In a few other injury updates:

— CB Tharold Simon will return to practice this week and may be able to play against the Rams. That would obviously greatly help the depth at a spot where some is needed with Maxwell uncertain. “Tharold will practice this week,” Carroll said. “It’s coming at an excellent time. We’ll see how he does. He will have to survive the week and all of that. He got out last week for a couple of days so that helps him get started this week. All along we have really been looking forward to Tharold’s ability to contribute, so this will be his chance. I really can’t tell you how it’s going to go. We’ll have to wait until we get all the way through Friday’s practice to know.”

— Carroll said C Max Unger is day to day but that it will “go all the way to the end of the week, I’m sure” before they know if he can play. He noted that Steve Schilling played well in his absence.

— TE Zach Miller remains out and won’t play this week.  “He’s still in the middle of his rehab so we are not counting on him this week,” Carroll said.

— CB Jeremy Lane will return to practice next week  but cannot play until the Nov. 9 game against the Giants.

Here is some video of Carroll’s opening statement and first few questions:

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