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.
Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly will meet with an independent doctor again this week in hopes of being cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol, The Charlotte Observer reports.
Kuechly has been sidelined since Week 1 due to a concussion and despite entering the final stage of league protocol last week, he was unable to receive clearance from an independent doctor ahead of Sunday's game versus the Buccaneers.
Now with the Panthers on their bye week, Kuechly will hope to be given the green light to return in the coming days and reclaim his starting position for Carolina's Week 6 game against the Seahawks.