Aside from the cramps suffered by cornerback Tre Flowers in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Raiders at London’s Wembley Stadium, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll indicated his team came away most healthy from Seattle’s 27-3 victory over Oakland.
“We fortunately made it out today very healthy, as well as the last week, so all of that adds to the momentum, it gives us a chance to really get moving,” Carroll said postgame of where his team stands heading into its Week 7 bye.
Inactive for Seattle on Sunday was tight end Nick Vannett (back), who Carroll said “just couldn’t make it, he kind of (regressed) as the week went on and he couldn’t play today.” In Vannett’s absence, the Seahawks used a combination of tight ends Darrell Daniels and Tyrone Swoopes, as well as offensive lineman George Fant, who saw snaps as a blocking tight end.
“Darrell Daniels got a chance to get in there for the first time really with some real focus, and then Swoopes came through, too, made a big catch for us, and of course, adding George in,” said Carroll. “It was a really nice job by (tight ends coach) Pat McPherson to get those guys rolled in there so that they could contribute in a big way.”
Aiding the tight end situation going forward will be the return of veteran Ed Dickson, one of the Seahawks’ top free-agent acquisitions this past offseason who has been on the non-football injury list since the start of the season. Meanwhile, running back J.D. McKissic, who was placed on injured reserve in early September, is eligible to return after eight games.
“Ed Dickson’s going to be coming back to us. It’ll be great to see him come back,” Carroll said. “And we have a chance for J.D. McKissic here in the next couple weeks as well.”
- Carroll said defensive end Frank Clark, who against the Raiders had 2.5 sacks and forced two fumbles that the Seahawks recovered, “got sick in the second half and couldn’t get back out there, he would have got more. He was really playing.”
- On receiver Doug Baldwin, who missed preseason and the team’s first three regular-season games with a knee injury, Carroll said: “He really looks like he’s back and ready to go, and that’s a big deal to us.” Baldwin led all Seahawks receivers on Sunday against the Raiders, hauling in six of his eight targets for a game-high 91 yards.