Carroll confirmed what is generally assumed about the third preseason game: The starters will play into the third quarter in what is their biggest run out of August. A handful of other notes from Carroll’s presser on Thursday are of interest:
- After stating last week, ahead of Seahawks-Chargers, that they “Were going to give it another week” with Amara Darboh’s return from injury, Carroll essentially said the same on Thursday. Darboh is expected back for next week’s game against the Oakland Raiders, in what would be his first action of the preseason.
- Carroll confirmed Adam Schefter’s reported timeline for J.D. McKissic, who is set to miss 4-6 weeks with a Jones’ fracture in his foot. With McKissic out, David Moore is expected to get some action as a returner against Minnesota.
- Bradley McDougald will miss Friday’s game with a pectoral injury he picked up this week. Both Maurice Alexander and Delano Hill should benefit from McDougald’s absence. Elsewhere in the secondary, Byron Maxwell remains sidelined, giving Dontae Johnson a second opportunity to get reps with the first team as he makes a late roster push.
- J.R. Sweezy will also be out for Seattle’s matchup against the Vikings, however when he returns, it will be in a new spot. Sweezy moved to left guard this week in his return to practice, competing with Ethan Pocic for the starting spot. D.J. Fluker, well established as the starter on the right, will play on Friday after suffering a finger injury in Los Angeles.
- Finally, George Fant will play at right tackle against Minnesota. Offensive line coach Mike Solari said earlier in August the plan was to move him over eventually, and this week Fant began getting reps on the right.
The next time Carroll is set to speak to the media is Friday night, following the team’s game against the Vikings.