Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that pass rusher Darrell Taylor appears to have avoided a serious injury after being carried off the field during Sunday night’s overtime loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
Carroll’s comments were based on the results of an MRI scan Taylor had Monday after a CT scan Sunday night.
“A very, very positive report,” Carroll said. “His MRI material was clear. His CT scan material was clear. He doesn’t have a neck injury. He stuck quite well. We have to wait and see what he is like. It may be a bit more on his shoulder even when we fix it. “.
Carroll said it is not out of the question for Taylor to play when the Seahawks host the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.
“We’ll see how that goes,” Carroll said. “He has to have a good week to do that. I haven’t talked to Darrell since the MRI stuff came back. I spoke to him last night … and he was very positive about it and all that. See what happens. But a Really good report, and I know a lot of people were really upset about it (that Taylor got hurt) for good reason. Whenever they take a guy like that, the threat is huge. Anyway, it turned out great, so we hope so. better and I may have a chance to go this week. “
Taylor was injured in the fourth quarter and remained near midfield for several minutes before being immobilized on a stretcher, with his helmet still on and his mask removed. Both teams surrounded Taylor as he received medical attention.
He had movement in his limbs and flew back to Seattle with the team. Carroll said on his 710 ESPN Seattle radio show that Taylor wanted to get up while he was being treated and was upset that he had to be carried off the field on a stretcher.
Taylor, a second-round draft pick from Tennessee last year, missed his rookie season with a leg injury dating back to his final college season. He has been Seattle’s best pass rusher this season, leading the team with four sacks in the first five games. He had the Seahawks’ only official quarterback hit on Sunday night.
The Seahawks also lost running back Alex Collins and guard Damien Lewis to injuries Sunday. Carroll said Collins received separate blows to his hip and glutes and Lewis sprained his AC joint.
Carroll said Monday that it’s not out of the question that Collins could return this week, but the Seahawks won’t know his status for another couple of days.
“They hit him pretty good,” Carroll said. “He was a bit tight too. A little bit of everything happened … he just wore out a lot last night. He played a great football game for us and it was really tough. We’ll see what happens, but he doesn’t have a significant injury.”
Collins rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. He started for the second week in a row in place of Chris Carson, who was placed on injured reserve Friday with a neck injury. Carson has to go at least two more games on IR, as does quarterback Russell Wilson.
Carroll does not have an estimate of when Carson will return. When asked if Wilson can come back after Seattle’s week 9 bye from finger surgery, Carroll said: “I don’t know that … the medical side of this. But I know Russell, and if possible, it will happen. . If possible, it will happen. “
Running back Rashaad Penny (calf) will return from IR this week, according to Carroll.