The Seattle Seahawks’ most prominent absentee at practice on Wednesday was Tyler Lockett, who did not participate due to dealing with a previously unreported hip injury.
While the majority of the Seattle Seahawks walking wounded have returned to the practice field, most of the attention surrounded who wasn’t participating on Wednesday. As reported by Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, the most glaring absentee was Tyler Lockett.
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The Seahawks rookie did not take part, due to a hip issue. What was most interesting, was the fact this injury was never previously disclosed.
Obviously, if Lockett is unavailable for the wild card contest with the Minnesota Vikings, this will represent a big blow to Seattle. He is coming off a performance against the Arizona Cardinals, where he set a new franchise record for punt return yardage in a game.
On top of this, the 23-year old has also proven to be a pretty damn good receiver, with 51 catches, 664 yards and six touchdown receptions. He is such a versatile threat, that by the end of the 2015 campaign he had beaten Curt Warner‘s Seahawks rookie record for total yards in a season.
It should be noted that Lockett was still in attendance on Wednesday. As such, it’s possible his missing practice was just a precautionary measure, but we will obviously get a clearer picture during the next two days.
The only other player who did not take part in practice was Michael Bennett. However, this is a regular occurrence for the defensive end, who has been dealing with a toe injury most of the season.
In general, Pete Carroll is extremely optimistic the Seahawks will have virtually everyone back for Sunday in Minnesota. Speaking to Condotta and the rest of the media, Carroll said: “Really just in general we have a lot of guys returning to practice right now.
“Sweezy comes back, Luke Willson comes back, Russell Okung comes back to get some work. All of those guys are returning to us, so it’s a real boost for us with the guys coming back, if they’re able to get through the week.”
Of course, the biggest boost to Seattle is that Marshawn Lynch and Kam Chancellor were both full participants on Wednesday. If those two are back in the lineup on Sunday, it’s tough to envision the Vikings winning, no matter how cold it will be TCF Bank Stadium.