Seattle Seahawks pass rusher Darell Taylor will play the Jaguars two weeks after a terrible injury

October 29, 2021

RENTON, Wash. – Darrell Taylor is expected to play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, two weeks after the Seattle Seahawks’ top pass rusher suffered a terrible neck injury.

Coach Pete Carroll thought Taylor would return for Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints, but his neck was still sore before the game, prompting his deactivation. He fully participated in all three Seattle practices this week and was not included in the practice report after Wednesday.

“He’s very excited to play and he had a very optimistic week,” Carroll said Friday. “He knows he lost last time and he wants to make up for it. So I just want him to play well and get a lot of plays, but it’s great to have him back.”

Taylor, who leads the Seahawks with four sacks despite missing a game, was removed from the field in Week 6 at Pittsburgh, without his mask and with his neck immobilized. Carroll later said that Taylor was pleading with medical personnel to let him off the field and that he came out of the incident with nothing but a stiff neck.

General manager John Schneider said on his 710 ESPN Seattle radio show before the game Monday night that Taylor suffered no structural damage.

The Seahawks (2-5) list running back Alex Collins (groin), left tackle Duane Brown (illness) and left guard Damien Lewis (shoulder) as questionable, but Carroll sounded optimistic about the three starters who played Jacksonville.

Collins, who started the final three games in place of the injured Chris Carson, was listed as limited on Wednesday and Friday and did not participate Thursday.

“Alex worked today,” Carroll said. “He looked pretty good. I think we find him questionable, but it looks like he will make it. In fact, he said he felt just as good yesterday as he did last week when he played, so he should be fine.” . “

Lewis practiced all three days this week after not playing the Saints.

“It’s still going to be questionable just because we have to make sure on game day, but other than that, it looks like he’s playing,” Carroll said. “He’s saying he’s going, so that’s a good sign.”

Brown did not practice the entire week, earning a Veterans day off on Wednesday before being listed as a non-participant for the next two days with a non-COVID illness. Carroll said “it should be fine, but it feels awful.”

Quarterback Russell Wilson has yet to remove the pin from his surgically repaired right middle finger, and Carroll said he doesn’t know when it will happen. Sunday’s game will be the third Wilson has missed, meaning he will be eligible to come off the disabled list when the Seahawks play in Green Bay on Nov. 14 after next week’s break.

“It’s pretty positive,” Carroll said. “It feels really good. His finger looks great. He took out all the stitches and all that sort of thing. He looks great, so he’s doing all the steps he should be doing ahead of schedule right now. So We’ll see what that means. “

Carroll had a sinister-sounding response when asked if he’s concerned Carson won’t return this season from the neck injury that has kept him out of the last three games. Carson is on IR and is still dealing with too much hassle to get back into practice.

“He has to take a turn here to show us that he feels better and well enough to give it a try,” Carroll said. “He hasn’t been able to go out to practice yet … I’m really crossing my fingers that he has a chance to come back and play. He’s working hard, but he’s not ready to practice soccer yet.” “

Carroll expects rookie catcher Dee Eskridge to be ready to play after the break, barring setbacks. Seattle’s second-round pick hasn’t played since he suffered a concussion in Game 1. He recently made a second trip to a specialist in Florida, where he worked on the visual problems he has experienced since his concussion.

The Seahawks have lost three straight games for the first time since 2011, which was also the last time they were three games below .500.