Updated Dec 6, 2010 - 4:53 pm
Williams has ankle sprain, Cole expected to practice
By Liz Mathews
Despite the Seahawks' 31-14 win over the Panthers on Sunday, the team suffered a few notable injuries.
The wide receiving corp was hit the hardest with both Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu leaving the game.
Pete Carroll said Williams was diagnosed with a first-degree left ankle sprain, an injury he sustained when Justin Forsett rolled up on him on the Seahawks' first possession. Williams missed last week's game with an injury to the same foot.
"It was on the same foot as the problem he was having," Carroll said Monday. "So he just couldn't get through it."
Williams still has a chance to play this Sunday in San Francisco and hasn't been ruled out of the game. Carroll wasn't certain whether or not Williams was in a boot at the time of the press conference, but is optimistic about his prognosis.
"We think that he's got a chance," said Carroll. "It's not a real bad sprain, just couldn't kind of tell what happened with the sprain and the foot problem that he had. He couldn't get up on it and get running, but I think by Thursday or Friday we'll know a lot more and have a chance to see where he can go. He's really frustrated right now. (He) thought he made it back and then this happened early.
"He'll battle through it and all that, but we won't know for a couple days."
Obomanu suffered what Carroll called a "serious laceration" on his right hand when he took a huge hit while making a 27-yard catch over the middle.
"Yeah, the helmet hit right on his hand and he's got a split between his fingers there," Carroll said. "And it's pretty nasty."
Carroll isn't sure whether or not Obomanu will be healthy by Sunday and said that "it's going to come down to how they can protect him, so that he feels OK, and then can he function with the protection that he's going to wear.
"He's got to be very sore today now. He took a real shot. So we'll just have to wait."
The Seahawks don't anticipate making any additional roster moves at the position but Carroll said the team is "always looking."
Tight end John Carlson should be able to return to practice after missing Sunday's game with a sore hip. Carroll expects Carlson to return late in the week.
Offensive lineman Chester Pitts "is a little more iffy" according to Carroll, who doesn't know if he'll be able to play. "He's better, much better," Carroll said. "Might not be the first couple days, might be about Friday or something like that, and we'll try him out."
Cornerback Roy Lewis is doing "very well today," despite a knee injury he suffered on Sunday.
"As a matter of fact he was up popping around," Carroll said. "We're not quite sure, he got banged on it and he couldn't start and stop. Once he gets up running he was OK, but he couldn't start and stop. So they had to keep him out, but he felt very good today from what I understand. I didn't see him yet, but that's a really good sign, him coming back."
Defensive tackle Colin Cole is expected to be a full participant in practice on Wednesday. He hasn't played since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 8.
"We'll see how he takes to it and all that," Carroll said. "That will be a welcomed return. It's been a long time since he's been out. We'll be happy to have him back out there for sure."
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