Tight end Gerald Everett, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, has a chance to play against his former team when the Seahawks host the Rams Thursday night, but that is dependent on the results of one more test result.
Everett, who is vaccinated, needs to have two negative PCR tests more than 24 hours apart to be cleared to play, and so far has one. If his next test result is negative, Everett can be activated from the COVID-19 list on Thursday. Carroll said Everett has had multiple negative Mesa tests, which are processed on site, but the league requires PCR tests, which are shipped to a lab in Burbank for processing.
“He’s tested negative (on Mesa tests) every day this week, that’s why I’m saying there’s a chance,” Carroll said “He was negative for the PCR today… There’s a chance now from what happened today.”
As for the injury report, the Seahawks will be without receiver Dee Eskridge for a fourth straight game, the result of a Week 1 concussion, while running back Chris Carson and linebacker Benson Mayowa, who both have neck injuries, are listed as questionable.
Linebacker Carlos Dunlap II (toe) and defensive end Darrell Taylor (ankle), who both came out of last week’s game with injuries, are not listed with a game status, meaning they will be available. Also off the final injury report are right tackle Brandon Shell, who missed the previous two games with an ankle injury, and receiver DK Metcalf, who was limited in practice all week due to a foot injury.
On Eskridge, who returned to practice last week, Carroll said there was no setback, but rather than the rookie receiver hasn’t responded well enough to the on-field work to be fully cleared.
“It’s not a setback, he was just trying to get back,” Carroll said. “He had to do work to see where he was, then the work gave us more information. So we’re still waiting for him to clear totally in all aspects. We’re being really careful with this and really want to make sure we look after him, so we’re going to be patient and work our way through it. It’s unfortunate, but obviously he had a real serious concussion and it’s taken some extra time than maybe some of the normal ones, if there’s such thing as a normal concussion.”
Carroll said Carson will likely be a game-day decision: “His neck has just been bothering him all week, so we’ve got to see how he is on game day.”
Asked if this was a long-term issue for Carson, who was on the injury report earlier in the year with a neck injury, Carroll said, “He has had kind of a long-term condition he has dealt with, and sometimes it flares up and sometimes it doesn’t. We’ve tested him and MRI’d him and all that kind of stuff, it’s no different than it’s been, it’s just obviously inflamed right now, so we’ve got to see if it quiets down.”
Though listed as questionable, Mayowa has a good chance to get back following a two-game absence
“Things are looking up, it looks like he’s got a real chance to play,” Carroll said.
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