Pete Carroll said Seahawks running back Fred Jackson (ankle) will likely play in the Sunday game against the Bengals, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
His high-ankle sprain apparently isn't too serious, as he's expected to take the field just six days after sustaining the injury. This situation would normally bring about skepticism, but if the Seahawks wanted to be deceptive about their Week 5 backfield plans, they wouldn't have ruled out Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) on Friday.
Seattle Seahawkscoach Pete Carroll said he expects running back Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) to return for Week 6 against the Panthers, the Seattle Times reports.
Carroll said Lynch might be physically capable of playing in Sunday's game against the Bengals, adding that the team ruled out its star running back because it was worried that a re-injury could lead to an extended absence. Thomas Rawls is thus in line to lead the Seattle backfield in a tough road matchup against the Bengals, with Fred Jackson (questionable-ankle) potentially available as a complement. If Jackson sits, the Seahawks will likely sign another player and/or use fullback Derrick Coleman as the top backup. Despite the internal optimism, Lynch can still be considered questionable for Week 6.
The Seahawks announced a several of roster moves on Tuesday, according to the Everett Herald. The team placed defensive tackle Jordan Hill on injured reserve with a calf injury. In a corresponding move, Seattle signed defensive back Steven Terrell off the practice squad to fill Hill's roster spot. Defensive tackle Jimmy Staten was also signed to the practice squad.
Coleman is officially listed as probable, and the team announced Friday that he'll make his return from a two-game absence. Given how Devonta Freeman played during that absence, Coleman will likely work in a complementary role behind his red-hot teammate.
The Falcons will be without their leading tackler after Durant sprained his elbow during the win against the Texans last Sunday. With the 30-year-old officially ruled out, Joplo Bartu will likely get the start in his place. Bartu recorded three tackles (two solo) in 70 defensive snaps against the Texans.
Hankerson (thumb) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Washington after practicing fully Friday.
Through four games, Hankerson -- who caught six passes for 103 yards and a TD in Week 4 -- has racked up 17 catches for 241 yards and two scores overall. The 26-year-old wideout should have no problem finding motivation in Week 5, as he'll be facing Washington, the team that drafted him in 2011.
Jones (toe/hamstring) was limited in practice Friday and is listed by the Falcons as questionable for Sunday's game against Washington.
Per the report, Jones' reps were cut down on Friday to provide the wideout with added rest, but his status for Week 5's contest doesn't appear in doubt, a notion supported by ESPN's Vaughn McClure, who realys that Jones "was running and cutting fine while doing individual drills" Friday. To be sure though, it's still worth verifying the wideout's status in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.
White (non-injury related) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Washington after practicing fully Friday.
After having recorded just two catches on five targets over his last three games, White is a speculative play in Week 5, with Leonard Hankerson having seemingly supplanted him, for now at least, as the Falcons' No. 2 wideout target behind Julio Jones.