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Seahawks expect to have Earl Thomas back; Duane Brown, Kam Chancellor uncertain

The Seattle Seahawks expect to have free safety Earl Thomas back this week, while the statuses of left tackle Duane Brown and strong safety Kam Chancellor are uncertain.

Those were a few of the updates coach Pete Carroll shared Monday during his weekly appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle as he recapped the Seahawks' injury-filled win over the Arizona Cardinals from Thursday night.

The most significant of those injuries was cornerback Richard Sherman's ruptured Achilles. Carroll said Sherman will have surgery this week.

Brown left in the second quarter with a sprained ankle and didn't return. He indicated afterward that his injury is nothing serious, but Carroll offered no assurance that Brown will be able to play in next Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Matt Tobin replaced Brown on Thursday night and would be in line to do so again if he can't make it back this week.

It's a situation that bears watching even more closely after Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn recorded six sacks -- all against backup left tackles -- in Atlanta's win over the Dallas Cowboys.

"We'll find out. We don't know," Carroll said of Brown's status. "You saw, that was a pretty dangerous situation right there. It'll take one day at a time here to kinda assess how he does. Hopefully he'll practice a little bit this week and have a chance. We don't know that yet. We'll just have to wait and see."

Chancellor suffered a stinger on Arizona's final possession and was replaced by rookie Delano Hill.

"We're going to make sure that he's in good shape and he's OK," Carroll said of Chancellor. "Don't know right now. He's going to get some tests and make sure. This is stuff that's just so crucial that we do a really good job and take our time with it and all of that. We're doing that."

Sherman, Brown and Chancellor were among seven Seahawks who weren't able to finish the game because of injuries. Carroll didn't have any update on running back C.J. Prosise, who suffered another ankle sprain. He wasn't asked about defensive tackle Jarran Reed (hamstring), defensive end Frank Clark (thigh) or linebacker Michael Wilhoite (calf).

Carroll was confident that Thomas will be back this week after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. He didn't practice last week but worked out on the field Thursday night.

"I really do. I think he'll make it back," Carroll said. "He felt like he probably could have played had he gotten a couple days of practice in, so it worked out great. We made it through the game. Bradley [McDougald] did a great job in filling in for him, so he should be back."

Carroll said left guard Luke Joeckel has a chance to play this week after missing the last four games following arthroscopic knee surgery. Carroll also left open the possibility of rookie running back Chris Carson returning later in the season. Carson had surgery on his ankle after going down in Week 4. The soonest he'd be eligible to return from injured reserve would be Week 13.

Sherman's absence leaves the Seahawks in need of cornerback help. The team's scheduled workouts with free agents Byron Maxwell and Trovon Reed -- both former Seahawks -- had yet to happen as of Monday morning, so Carroll had no comment on those players specifically.

The Seahawks have a potential in-house reinforcement in DeShawn Shead, who started opposite Sherman for a season and a half before tearing his ACL in the playoffs in January. Shead is on the physically unable to perform list and is eligible to return. Carroll, though, indicated that he isn't ready to begin practicing yet and offered no timetable for when that may happen.

"He's at a bit of a plateau right now that he's trying to get through and over," Carroll said. "That just remains to be seen. He's doing everything he possibly can, and I've said this before, he's in great shape. If you watch him work out, he can run forever, he can do everything, but he's just not quite back full yet where he has all the movement that he needs, the extension that he needs. So until that's safe, he's still working at it. He's doing everything he can."