Pete Carroll held a short press conference Monday afternoon to give a few updates on the Seahawks' injury situation.
First on the agenda was of course the status of Zach Miller, who had surgery on his ankle to remove bone spurs, or loose bodies, over the bye week. Carroll mentioned that the surgery was a "clean up," and that Miller would be out at least two weeks, and then from there it would be a week to week situation to see how his recovery was going. The reports on the length of time Miller was going to be out that came out today ranged from two weeks to six weeks, so this sounds about right.
Carroll also said that the team will take an "in-house" approach to replacing Miller in the lineup, going forward with Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet (who was back to full-go today after missing time with an injury), and the team could also call on college tight-end-turned-tackle Garry Gilliam, who has seen a little bit of time as a sixth offensive lineman this year. Last season, the Seahawks did this with Alvin Bailey as well. One final option that gives Seattle some flexibility with Zach Miller out is that rookie DE Cassius Marsh could play tight end in a pinch; the UCLA Bruin caught two touchdowns at tight end in his college career and the Seahawks worked him out at that spot prior to the draft.
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Kam Chancellor, who was mulling surgery for a similar bone spur issue of the ankle, got through last week's game against the Broncos without any issues, and as Pete Carroll put it, looks to have put that issue behind him. RB Christine Michael, who had been nursing a hamstring injury over the first couple of weeks of the season, is back to full speed at practice this week, and CB Tharold Simon is still a few weeks away from coming back from a knee injury.
Overall, relatively speaking, the Hawks are in good shape on the injury front as they head into a Monday Night Football matchup with Washington this week.
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