Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed Wednesday that running back Fred Jackson has a high-ankle sprain.
By all accounts, Jackson was trending toward that diagnosis and its accompanying recovery timetable of at least a few weeks. With the injury confirmed, Marshawn Lynch is poised to take over his rightful place as the Seahawks' starting running back, as long as he continues to progress through his hamstring injury.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
After head coach Pete Carroll said that the Seahawks consider Lynch day-to-day, the running back followed the comment up with no activity to kick off preparation for Week 5. With two practices remaining and a 1:00 PM ET kickoff Sunday in Cincinnati, owners should have plenty of knowledge at their disposal to make a prudent roster decision, if in fact Lynch misses a second game in a row.
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.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he thinks wide receiver Dez Bryant (foot) has a chance to return for Week 7 against the Giants, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Week 7 represents an absolute best-case scenario, as the Cowboys have acknowledged all along Bryant will at least be out through the Week 6 bye. With his recovery going well, Bryant could be back for Week 7 or Week 8, but it's also quite possible he'll need a few weeks beyond that to heal.
Cowboys wide receiver Brice Butler (hamstring) is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Patriots, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Butler strained a hamstring on his first catch of the season, a 67-yard grab in New Orleans on Sunday night. With the first practice of the week imminent Wednesday, head coach Jason Garrett will be afforded his first chance to clarify Butler's status. If he's deemed inactive this Sunday, Butler's next opportunity to play arrives on Oct. 25 against the Giants after the Cowboys' Week 6 bye.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects linebacker Sean Lee (concussion) to play against the Patriots on Sunday, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Lee has a long history of injury concerns, but concussions haven't been one of his bigger issues. Of course, recovery from concussions is tough to predict, and Lee still needs to make it through the NFL's protocol. He suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Saints, leaving him with 36 tackles through the first four games of the season.