Two new names were added to Seattle’s injury list Thursday — receiver/returner Bryan Walters (concussion) and defensive lineman Michael Bennett (toe).
The Walters injury could have a significant impact on the game Sunday as he is now the team’s starting punt and kick returner. He was not listed on the report on Wednesday, so he either got hurt Wednesday of the symptoms showed up then. The NFL has a specific concussion protocol (which you can read here) but without knowing the specifics it’s sort of hard to know exactly where Walters is in this process.
But with Percy Harvin now gone, the Seahawks could have to find other options at returner if Walters can’t go. Doug Baldwin is listed as the backup at both spots, but Richard Sherman also can do it, Earl Thomas entered the season as the punt returner, and Paul Richardson, Kevin Norwood and Robert Turbin might also all be options. Seattle coach Pete Carroll does not meet the media on Thursdays so we did not get a chance to ask him about this today.
One thing to remember is that Carroll’s biggest priority here is making sure the ball is caught. They’ll usually opt for the dependable. But we’ll see what happens here over the next few days.
Since we didn’t get Carroll, it’s also hard to know the severity of Bennett’s injury.
Also out today were FB Derrick Coleman (foot) and TE Zach Miller (ankle) each listed as already out for the game, as well as MLB Bobby Wagner (foot), C Max Unger (foot), CB Byron Maxwell (calf), DT Jordan Hill (ankle) and DL Kevin Williams (not-injury related, so likely rest).
As for Sunday’s opponent, here is an update on Carolina’s injuries from ESPN.
The main news there is that Maxwell did not go, which would seem to point to Tharold Simon getting the start at cornerback Sunday opposite Sherman.
Returning to practice today were S Kam Chancellor and RBs Marshawn Lynch and Turbin. Turbin was limited on Wednesday with a sore shoulder while Chancellor (ankle) and Lynch (rest) sata out.