The Seahawks ended the game with three significant injury issues going forward — center Max Unger, receiver Paul Richardson and cornerback Byron Maxwell — all of which have some uncertainty.
Coach Pete Carroll said Maxwell, who had battled an illness all week, “just didn’t feel well enough. We thought he would come out of it. He was sick during the week. He just didn’t feel well enough to contribute on a steady basis so he participated on special teams and he was available to us if we needed him in the nickel. But really, he just didn’t feel well at all.”
Carroll later referred to Maxwell’s issues as “chest complications with the cold that he had.”
Asked if Maxwell will be okay long term, Carroll said: “I don’t know that. I was kind of surprised he couldn’t rally tonight. We went in thinking he would be able to go. He practiced Thursday and looked okay there but he just couldn’t shake it.”
As for Unger, Carroll said he “did roll his ankle a little bit the same one that he had injured. He felt pretty good once he got into the locker room. so maybe it’s just a scare. We’ll see. We’ll see what happens.”
That’s obviously a reference to the high ankle sprain Unger suffered at Kansas City that held him out six games. Patrick Lewis filled in for Unger and appears to be the backup center now and likely would get the call if Unger couldn’t go.
As for Richardson, Carroll said he “sprained his knee, a knee that he’s had worked on before, so we’ll see. We’re not sure. Sometimes you can’t tell on the tests right now. But he’s pretty sore it looked like.”
Richardson tore the ACL in his left knee while at Colorado.