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Pete Carroll unable to say whether several key starters will return in Week 11

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports

As if the Seahawks’ brutal Week 10 loss to the Rams could be any worse but unfortunately, they now have to turn around and face the Cardinals in just a few days. Thursday Night Football is an unwelcome part of the schedule in any year, but it comes at a rough time for Seattle with several key starters nearing a return.

On 710 ESPN Seattle on Monday morning, Pete Carroll was asked about a handful of players facing the challenge of returning on a short week and the theme was consistent: it’s just too early to tell yet.

Carroll said he doesn’t know about Chris Carson or Carlos Hyde’s status for Thursday, but did note Carson ran hard on in a fitness test Saturday before he was ruled out. Both Carson and the Seahawks seem to be itching for a return, with Carroll noting opposing teams haven’t been respecting Seattle’s running game.

Similarly, Shaquill Griffin and Quinton Dunbar are without updates to begin the week, though Griffin does appear to be closer to a return. In their place in Week 10, Tre Flowers and D.J. Reed started and would likely do so again against Arizona should both Griffin and Dunbar remain out.

Ethan Pocic, who missed the loss to L.A. with a concussion, is still unknown for Week 11. However, worsening matters is Kyle Fuller, who started in place, suffered a high-ankle sprain on Sunday. The Seahawks do not have an interior lineman on their practice squad but Phil Haynes, who took reps at center late last season, is on injured reserve and has already been designated to return.

Carroll didn’t mention the possibility of Jamal Adams, who suffered a shoulder injury against the Rams, missing time. Adams, for what it’s worth, made it clear he would be ready to play.

So, after a confusing Week 10, Seattle starts Week 11 with an injury list filled with uncertainty. The status of Griffin, Dunbar, Carson, and others should become clear as the team returns to practice, but a crucial Thursday Night Football meeting against Arizona is just days away.