The season-ending ankle fracture of star rookie running back Thomas Rawls certainly was the biggest injury-related news from the Seattle Seahawks' 35-6 thumping Sunday of the Baltimore Ravens but it was far from the only pain suffered by the team, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
Sticking to the offense first, tight end Luke Willson suffered a wicked hit to the ribs, which generated an MRI Monday.
All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor suffered a bruised tailbone against the Ravens and Carroll said he thought it was "pretty unlikely" the leader of his secondary would be able to practice Wednesday. Further, defensive lineman Michael Bennett aggravated his nagging toe injury against the Ravens, forcing him to wear a boot Monday, Carroll said.
Chancellor's injury pushed Kelcie McCray onto the field for roughly the last two-thirds of the contest. Fortunately, McCray played pretty well in his first extensive duty on defense, according to Carroll.
“[McCray] did really well, Carroll said. "I went back and cut up all his plays to make sure I could get a really inward look at what he was doing and how he fit on everything. I was really fired up about him. He’s come a long ways with our system, we have a lot of intricacies that we hope to see the awareness and the positioning. He had a couple plays that he liked back, but he had some really good plays too. He was very efficient and he was in the right spots all day long, gave us really good discipline. I was really fired up about the way he played, so knowing that he may have to play more. It was worth noting that he did a good job, stepped into the opportunity and made something happen there. It was good.”
If Chancellor is unable to play Sunday against Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns, McCray would be in line to start the first game of his career with the Seahawks. Unfortunately, he's only part of a bruised up secondary.
Free safety Earl Thomas has been nursing a sore shoulder all year long. Richard Sherman's notable hair loss against the Ravens looked painful but it isn't likely to limit him against the Browns like the ankle injuries suffered by DeShawn Shead and Marcus Burley.
As for Shead and Burley, “We have to wait and see," Carroll said. "We have to go through the week here. Burley is a reinjure, kind of a re-tweak. We think he should be okay. DeShawn, he’s been a great guy battling through stuff. We’ll see how it goes, but we really won’t know until the end of the week on that.”
Carroll didn't declare any of them out for Sunday's game, necessarily, but Seattle's depth moving forward has to be a concern with the team attempting to hold on to its tie-breaker lead over the Minnesota Vikings for the fifth seed in the NFC Playoff chase.