The Seattle Seahawks are on course to field their second-worst defense under Pete Carroll, and injuries to the likes of K.J. Wright and Earl Thomas have been a factor. Unfortunately, a below-average defense could suffer even more with starting safety Bradley McDougald currently battling patella tendonitis.
At Wednesday’s press conference, Carroll provided an update on the Pro Bowl alternate’s health.
Pete Carroll says Bradley McDougald will be out of town this week getting treatment on his bothersome knee, which is what K.J. Wright did a few weeks ago. He'll be back Friday.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) December 19, 2018
Okay, that’s not exactly promising for his chances to play against the Kansas City Chiefs, considering Wright has been “out of town” twice over this season alone for treatment on his own knee. I suppose we’ll know more on Friday, but for now, Carroll had a one word answer on Bradley’s chances of playing.
Pete Carroll, #Seahawks thinking Bradley McDougald can play Sunday vs KC? "Possibly"— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) December 19, 2018
If McDougald can’t play, then the Seahawks safety depth would be reduced to Tedric Thompson, Delano Hill, Shalom Luani, and Maurice Alexander (who missed last week’s game vs. San Francisco with a concussion). Not exactly filling you up with confidence, is it?
The good news is that Wright is practicing on Wednesday, and if all goes well, he’ll make his return to the field, which is about the best news possible considering the poor performances of Austin Calitro and Barkevious Mingo.