Seattle Seahawks’ Drew Lock ‘dragged’ during practice before testing positive for COVID-19 – ESPN

Seattle Seahawks' Drew Lock 'dragged' during practice before testing positive for COVID-19 - ESPN

RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said quarterback Drew Lock felt so ill that he “barely left the practice room” on Tuesday, shortly before he tested positive for COVID-19.

“He was dragging,” Carroll said Wednesday. “We will do post-practice work but [decided] no, let’s get him out of here. It hit him. He’s had it before. He did all the work to prepare for it. Turns out it caught him again.”

Lock’s latest bout with COVID will sideline him Thursday night for what would have been his first start of the preseason, a setback in his battle with Gene Smith replace Russell Wilson as Seattle’s starter.

As of Tuesday, Smith has received nearly all of the Seahawks’ first-team reps this offseason and began his mock game as well as last weekend’s preseason opener. The Seahawks gave Lock all the No. 1 reps on Tuesday in preparation for his start Thursday night against the Chicago Bears, which Carroll said was their plan all along.

Carroll was asked how much Lock needed the reps he will get against Chicago.

“He did need them,” Carroll said. “This week is a rough week for a guy to get a bunch of turns and all that. He worked those yesterday in preparation for the game, and that’s really all he got. I would have liked to see that happen all over the place. this little mini week . But we’ll see what happens next week. We’ll figure it out. But it was important and that’s where we’ll do extra work after practicing with DK [Metcalf] and with Lock, and [Will Dissly], and we just couldn’t do that. So we missed that opportunity.”

Lock looked so good in Tuesday’s practice that the Seattle coaches asked him afterwards what was wrong. That’s when he reported feeling sick and was told to see the team’s trainers.

Smith will start against Chicago before giving way to third-string James Eason.

“It came out of nowhere,” Carroll said. “Obviously, he’s going to miss this game, but he has a chance to come back; he has a five-day window that he has to take care of it. It’s unfortunate. It was his turn to play and start, but we’ll figure it out. I’m excited for Geno to go. He had a great shortened week, had a great … day for us, so he’s ready to go. It’ll also give James a chance to play a little bit more, obviously, and he’ll get a good shot in the second half. Really, he deserves it and very practiced well for us so I’m keen for him to come out and play some football.”

Lock and rookie running back Kenneth Walker III were the only Seahawks not in attendance at Wednesday’s practice. Carroll said Walker is having a “procedure” for what the trainer on Tuesday called a hernia. He added that Seattle’s second-round pick is expected to return by Week 1.

Carroll explained Wednesday that it’s not a sports hernia, which typically takes longer to heal than a non-sports hernia.

“That’s not what he’s dealing with,” Carroll said. “It’s something a little different, and we have a chance to get him back quickly.”

Carroll said right tackle Jake Curhan (back spasm) will play against Chicago but the status of linebacker Jordyn Brooks (hamstring) for the game is undecided. Carroll expects a cornerback Artie Burns (groin) and defensive end LJ Necklace (elbow) back next week.

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