RENTON — The Seahawks should get second-leading receiver Jermaine Kearse back by their first playoff game in two weeks.
Kearse injured his hamstring in the first half in Arizona on Dec. 21 and didn’t play in Seattle’s game against the Rams on Sunday. But Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Kearse “should be fine” and added “there should be no question by next week” that Kearse will be able to play.
Hill, Johnson have “a chance”: Defensive tackle Jordan Hill (knee) and safety Jeron Johnson (dislocated elbow) could return for Seattle’s playoff game, although Carroll indicated both could also miss that game. Carroll said both Hill and Johnson have “a chance” to return for the playoffs.
“Both (Hill) and Jeron have a chance to make it back with really good fortune,” Carroll said. “That could happen.”
Reinforcements on the way: Carroll was more optimistic about some of Seattle’s other injured players: cornerback Tharold Simon (shoulder), center Max Unger (knee/ankle), tight end Cooper Helfet (ribs) and defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs (ankle) all could return for the playoffs after missing last week’s game against the Rams.
“Those are really important additions to the roster and to the competition to the game roster,” Carroll said.
Here’s some video of Carroll’s session with the media today: