Seattle Seahawks pass-rusher Darrell Taylor expects to play Monday night, coach Pete Carroll says

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says pass-rusher Darrell Taylor expects to play Monday night against the visiting New Orleans Saints, having escaped serious injury after a scary-looking incident last week in Pittsburgh.

All that Taylor is dealing with after being stretchered off Heinz Field, according to Carroll, is a stiff neck.

The coach said Seattle's leader in sacks (4.0) wouldn't do much in Thursday's practice but "feels really good." Taylor was later listed as a limited participant.

"So after all of that that we went through to protect him and all, it's like he slept bad on his neck and he's got a stiff neck," Carroll said. "So he really feels like he's playing. He doesn't have any doubt that he can play, so we'll hold out hope that that's the case."

Carroll said running back Alex Collins (groin) and left guard Damien Lewis (shoulder) would practice Thursday, but both were listed as non-participants. Collins started against the Steelers with Chris Carson (neck) on injured reserve. He ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, but he didn't finish the overtime loss after taking a pair of hard hits.

Carson has to miss at least two more games on IR. Rashaad Penny is returning from IR this week, rejoining a backfield that has Collins, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer.

Carroll called it a good sign that Collins would practice, but that was before the team listed him as a non-participant.

"He went through walk-through today, looked OK," Carroll said. "Really, a number of guys that got banged a little bit in the game were able to go through walk-through today. We'll see what we can get in limited fashion from them in practice today. But really encouraging in that regard."

Cornerback Sidney Jones (concussion) was listed as limited. The team said he showed concussion symptoms after leaving Sunday night's game with a chest injury, but has since cleared concussion protocol. That requires a gradual return to practice, hence his limited participation.