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2-0, 1st in NFC West

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Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny, who strained his hamstring during practice on Friday, is not expected to play Sunday vs. the Saints, per source. His injury is not considered serious, but Seahawks want to be careful with Penny.

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DE Ansah cleared for Seahawks debut Sunday

Head coach Pete Carroll said he expects to get Ezekiel Ansah in "a bunch of plays" when the one-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher makes his Seahawks debut Sunday against the Saints.

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The Seahawks added running back Rashaad Penny to their final injury report and list him as questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans. Penny hurt his hamstring late in Friday's practice, according to Pete Carroll, who said they won't hesitate to play C.J. Prosise if need be. Cornerback Tre Flowers and safety Tedric Thompson will be game-time decisions. Flowers turned his ankle in practice Thursday while Thompson has a hamstring injury that kept him out last week. Wide receiver Jaron Brown is "fine," Carroll said. The Seahawks will get receiver David Moore and defensive tackle Poona Ford back against the Saints. Right guard D.J. Fluker was a full participant Friday and has no game-status designation, meaning he's expected to play.

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Pete Carroll said Ziggy Ansah is ready to make his Seahawks debut Sunday against New Orleans and added that he's in better shape than some guys often are when they're coming off extended absences. "So we'll be able to get him a bunch of plays in this game," Carroll said.

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Ziggy Ansah and David Moore both appear to still be on track to make their debuts Sunday against the Saints after missing the Seahawks' first two games with shoulder injuries. They were each full participants Thursday. For Ansah, it was the second day in a row of full participation. Ethan Pocic and Neiko Thorpe were the only two Seahawks who didn't practice Thursday. Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Pocic is likely to play against New Orleans.

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Drew Brees' hand injury means Russell Wilson won't get to play against his close friend Sunday and, in his words, "probably my favorite player ever to play the game."

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In the wake of recent injuries to other star quarterbacks, Russell Wilson was asked Thursday about having never missed a game in his career. "I'm a big believer in pre-hab," Wilson said before mentioning his performance team. It includes a personal trainer, a movement specialist, a massage therapist and a mental conditioning coach named Trevor Moawad.

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The Seahawks list Ziggy Ansah as a full participant Wednesday. That's another sign that he's on track to make his debut Sunday against New Orleans, which Pete Carroll said Monday was the expectation. D.J. Fluker was among four Seahawks who didn't practice. Carroll said Fluker is optimistic about playing Sunday.

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Pete Carroll sounded as excited about safety Adrian Colbert as he ever has about a player the Seahawks added to their practice squad. He said they've had their eyes on the former 49ers starter for a couple years and pounded his hand on the podium for emphasis as he praised GM John Schneider and pro scouting director Nolan Teasley for the job they did getting him on Seattle's practice squad. Said Carroll: "We really think he's got great potential. He's really fast, he's really tough … He's one of those guys to me that demonstrates the kind of energy that we like when he plays. He loves to run and hit now and he's really fast. He ran in the 4.3s and he's 211 [pounds] yesterday. Big kid, strong kid and he's got a spirit about him, too. So that kinda fired me up."

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Pete Carroll said right guard D.J. Fluker (ankle) and defensive tackle Poona Ford (calf) are both optimistic about their chances of playing Sunday against New Orleans. Ford missed the Steelers game while Fluker was hurt in that game but managed to finish it. Of Ford, Carroll said: "If you talk to him, he thinks he's playing. His attitude is perfect to get back. We'll see if he can get that done." Carroll said that free safety Tedric Thompson (hamstring) will likely be back next week if he doesn't return this week.

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The Seahawks' 84 snaps in their base defense over the first two games are the most in the league, according to ESPN charting. The next closest is Carolina at 72. Bobby Wagner doesn't mind that one bit as it means more playing time for fellow linebackers K.J. Wright and Mychal Kendricks. One of those two comes off the field in favor of an extra defensive back when Seattle is in its nickel defense. "The more linebackers the merrier," Wagner said.

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What has struck DK Metcalf the most over his first two NFL games? "How much fun it is," he said. "It's just like playing in college."

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Russell Wilson was named the NFC's offensive player of the week for his performance in the Seahawks' win over Pittsburgh: 29 of 35 for 300 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. It's the eighth time Wilson has won player of the week, moving him past Shaun Alexander for the most in team history. Wilson's 82.85% completion rate Sunday edged his previous career best.

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Russell Wilson's average time before throwing Sunday of 1.91 seconds was the fastest of his career, the fastest among all quarterbacks in Week 2 and a half-second faster than the next-fastest (Joe Flacco at 2.41), according to ESPN charting. The Seahawks went into their game at Pittsburgh wanting to get rid of the ball quickly and made that more of a priority after Wilson was sacked four times in the first half. His average time before throwing by half was 2.04 seconds to 1.73. Wilson's career average before Sunday of 2.81 seconds was 36th among quarterbacks since his rookie season in 2012. Wilson's second-fastest average time before throwing in any game in his career: 2.14 seconds in a 2015 win over Pittsburgh.

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Russell Wilson edged his previous career best in completion percentage Sunday by going 29 of 35 for 300 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Pete Carroll agreed that Wilson's command of the position is better than it's ever been in his eighth season, saying: "It's hard to imagine that someone could keep getting better when you're in Year 8 or whatever it is ... How could that happen? But it is. It's happening. We're watching it."

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It looks like Seahawks strong safety Lano Hill will get at least one more week in the starting lineup. Pete Carroll said it's going to be a challenge for Tedric Thompson to make it back this week from the hamstring injury that sidelined him against Pittsburgh and opened the door for Hill to start alongside Bradley McDougald. Carroll liked the way Hill played aside from getting beat on a flea-flicker that gained 45 yards. Carroll said it's a wait-and-see situation with right guard D.J. Fluker's sprained ankle, though he finished Sunday's game. Defensive tackle Poona Ford (calf) will practice this week in the hopes of playing against the Saints. Cornerback Neiko Thorpe (hamstring) will have a hard time making it back by Sunday. Left guard Mike Iupati is fine, Carroll said.

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Pete Carroll said the expectation is that Ziggy Ansah will make his Seahawks debut this week against the Saints. The Pro Bowl defensive end signed with Seattle in May following offseason shoulder surgery and missed the first two games, even though he returned to practice a week before the opener and was listed as a full participant last Thursday and Friday. Said Carroll: "It's just taken us this long to get through it. We wanted to make sure that everything was right and he was right, mentality was right, he had enough reps. He's had three good weeks of work behind him and he's in really good shape. He's worked really hard. He's in terrific condition, so he's going to be able to play if he gets through the week and everything goes well. And he'll play a considerable amount because he's practiced hard enough to do that. So that's really going to be fun to see him out there and you'll see how we use him and where he's going to fit in and all that at game time. But I'm really excited about that. He's a guy that was really important to us in the offseason to get him so that he could help us with the losses of the guys that were going other places. So now it's finally coming together."

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The Seahawks' defensive snap counts from Sunday: Jamar Taylor handled the majority of the nickelback duties, replacing Ugo Amadi, and played only 19 of 57 snaps as Seattle again went with a lot of base defense. That was also the case in the opener. For comparison, Justin Coleman played about 68% of the Seahawks' defensive snaps last year as their nickelback.

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The offensive playing-time breakdown for Seahawks running backs in their win over Pittsburgh: Chris Carson, even after losing an early fumble, out-snapped Rashaad Penny 43 to 26. C.J. Prosise served as the two-minute back before halftime and played 10 snaps while fullback Nick Bellore played four (along with a team-high 19 on special teams).

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Team Stats

Passing Yards217.023rd
Rushing Yards111.5Tied-13th
Points For24.58th
Points Against23.0