Mychal Kendricks played three matches for Seahawks before his suspension. Yes, Seahawk's QB Russell Wilson threw a shoe – but…
Mychal Kendricks played three matches for Seahawks before his suspension. Yes, Seahawk’s QB Russell Wilson threw a shoe – but let him explain
Yes, Seahawk’s QB Russell Wilson threw a shoe, but let him explain
for the four matches remaining on the Seahawk schedule. Monday night’s matchup against Minnesota Vikings can be their most important. At 7-5 and with a tiebreaker over the Carolina Panthers, the Seahawks currently hold the fifth wild card slot. A win would increase their odds to make the finish to almost 98 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight. The vikings (6-5-1
) hold the sixth seed, just behind Seattle.
Seahawk’s main coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that the Vikings give a unique challenge. This is especially true for Seattles driving-first crime. Minnesota defense ranked 7th overall to stop the race and has limited teams at an average of 99 meters per game while it does not allow a run of more than 21 meters.
“It’s the kind of matchup we need,” said Carroll. “We need tough matches that really challenge us in many ways, and this is certainly one of them.”
Here’s what Carroll had to say about the vikings and several notes from today’s press conference at Seahawk’s headquarters:  Return of Mychal Kendricks
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks will make its first return to the field as it serves an eight- player suspension, which gives relief to a Seahawks team, starting short swivel linebacker KJ Wright (knee). Kendricks had two bags and 15 tackles in three starts earlier this season.
Carroll said that an official decision about Kendrick’s playtime would take place at the end of the week, but suggested that he could play an entire game.
“He is a very well-conditioned player,” said Carroll. “So I think we can count on him to take a good dose (of defensive snaps).”
The two biggest damaging problems persist, D.J. Fluker (hamstring) and Wright. Thursday there was no update on Fluk’s status.
As for Wright’s injury status, Carroll did not give a specific timeline, but said the team is hopeful that they will get him back before the end of the season.
“Wright had a good day yesterday, worked well and he felt good again the next day,” Carroll says. “We’ll just take it one day at a time and see how he’s developing. He is optimistic about it, but I have no timeline for you. “
In addition to Wright and Fluker, three other Seahawks were sidelined in training: wide receiver Doug Baldwin (hip), left tack Duane Brown (ankle), and defensive end Dion Jordan (knee). Running back Chris Carson was restricted after having fooled a displaced finger in Seattles week 13 victory over the 49’s, but as Carroll noted earlier this week, it is expected to play Monday.