The news on LB Matt McCoy isn’t exactly good, but if you saw the knee injury happen Sunday, it is better than expected. McCoy has what Pete Carroll called “a significant knee sprain.” Carroll added that “It’s going to be a while,” but that McCoy won’t likely need surgery, and will not be out for the
season. That’s good news for a player who has worked his way from special teams player last year to significant part of the defense as one of Seattle’s two linebackers in nickel packages. McCoy is also still a force on special teams for Seattle.
“He got a significant knee sprain,” Carroll said. “It’s going to be a while before he gets back. It doesn’t look like he needs surgery at this time, but it’s a significant sprain and he’s going to be out for a while.”
There were no updates on the other injuries from Sunday. With Mike Williams’ concussion, it will be a matter of him passing the necessary tests to return to action. Carroll said he doesn’t yet know the severity of hamstring injuries to LB Malcolm Smith and DE Anthony Hargrove.
The hope is that S Kam Chancellor, who missed Sunday’s game with a thigh bruise, will be able to return to practice Sunday, Carroll said.
“We’re planning on trying to get him out there,” Carroll said. “He’s not recovered yet fully as of today, but the plan is to try to get him back.”
LG Robert Gallery, who has missed two games after having groin surgery, will return after the bye, Carroll said.
Carroll also said the competition at strongside LB will remain open between Aaron Curry and KJ Wright. Despite Wright starting, Curry actually played more in base defense than did Wright, and was on the field much more in the second half, including on Atlanta’s final drive when Seattle needed a stop to get the ball.
“Aaron actually played a little bit more,” Carroll said. “They both did some good things. I thought Aaron played a really strong game. He did a nice job. He’s responded to the challenge. So we’ll go into this week and see what happens.”