Seahawks upbeat about possible return of Mike Williams

The Seattle Seahawks are hopeful that wide receiver Mike Williams will be able to play on a strained left foot on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, but he’s been listed as questionable on the injury report.

Coach Pete Carroll was upbeat about the issue on Friday, but have you ever heard Carroll not upbeat about anything? Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times reports that the Seahawks have listed 22 players as questionable on the injury report this season. Four of them have wound up playing. The standards of the injury report detail that questionable means the player has roughly a 50/50 chance of suiting up and taking part in the game.

Seattle’s offense got off to a rough start without Williams last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, and he’s emerged as a go-to target for quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

"At this point, we're counting on him to play," Carroll said, per O'Neil. "We've got to get him through the warm-ups and see what happens ... but if he can run in pregame, then he'll play."

Stay tuned on this one because it’s far from a done deal.

"I know that wasn't the original plan," Williams said of a return for this Sunday. “But there's ways around things. Just the want-to to play and things like that. If I get out there I want to go out there and play well and hopefully not make it worse.

“If it's good enough, I can deal with the rest of it."

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