October 13, 2014
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson walks on the sideline late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Seattle. The Cowboys won 30-23. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Elaine Thompson

RENTON, Wash. (AP) There were going to be plenty of questions about where the Seattle Seahawks are headed on offense after Sunday's 30-23 loss to Dallas.

Marshawn Lynch touched the ball only 10 times. Russell Wilson threw for 66 yards after the first quarter and Percy Harvin finished with zero yards receiving despite making three catches.

The bigger concern could be the list of injuries the Super Bowl champs are suddenly dealing with now.

Cornerback Byron Maxwell, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and center Max Unger are all in question for Sunday's game at St. Louis with a variety of injuries.

Maxwell was originally thought to have a high ankle sprain after going down in the second quarter on Sunday, but was diagnosed Monday with a calf strain that should get him back on the field sooner than first expected.

Unger has a strained foot that kept him inactive on Sunday and his status against the Rams likely won't be decided till the end of the week.

The severity of Wagner's turf toe injury has not been determined, but could be the most significant. Wagner was injured early in the second quarter on Sunday, but returned in the second half.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Wagner is ''banged up,'' and didn't rule out that the injury could be similar to the one suffered by left tackle Russell Okung last season in Week 2 that required surgery and a stint on injured reserve. Okung returned later in the season.

''(It) could be. We'll have to wait and see,'' Carroll said. ''We'll have to assess that and figure it out.''

Wagner was having a stellar start to his third season. He had double-digit tackles in Seattle's first three games and collected the only sack in the Seahawks' win over Washington last Monday night.

Undrafted rookie Brock Coyle filled in when Wagner was out on Sunday. Seattle has used K.J. Wright at middle linebacker in the past when Wagner was sidelined, but Carroll would not commit one way or the other.

''We'll have to wait and see on that one,'' Carroll said.

Along with that injured trio, tight end Zach Miller is not expected to be back this week after having ankle surgery during the bye week.

KCPQ-TV in Seattle reported Monday that Okung has been playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder suffered in Week 3 against Denver. Carroll didn't confirm the report, but said Okung suffered a shoulder sprain and should be able to continue playing without issue.

About the only good news Seattle received among its injured players is the expectation that cornerback Tharold Simon will have a chance to play against the Rams and that safety Kam Chancellor made it through Sunday's game without problems despite a strained hip.

Seattle was able to avoid major injury issues last season and when it did there was enough depth to plug the gaps until the starters returned. That depth was thinned through free agency and roster decisions in the offseason and is now being tested.

The injury problems muted the concerns about Seattle's game plan against Dallas. Lynch seemed an afterthought as was most of Seattle's run game.

Lynch didn't have a carry between the end of the first quarter and Seattle's first offensive play of the second half, a span of 21 minutes, 59 seconds of game time.

The Seahawks led the league in rushing entering Sunday, but the 18 total rushing attempts was the second time in five games Seattle failed to get 20 carries.

The Seahawks seemed more concerned with trying to get the ball to Harvin - who had six total touches for (minus)-1 yard - than relying on Lynch.

Carroll took responsibility for the lackluster effort, that included problems getting off the field defensively on third downs, saying he didn't do a good enough job in preparation after the Monday night win over Washington.

''I think we're still working at it. Sometimes it takes quite a while before you find it and we're not quite there yet because we haven't found the consistency,'' Carroll said.

''We know what we're trying to do. We know where it is and what it needs to be but we're just not quite there yet.


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