Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith’s availability for Thursday night became uncertain after he injured his elbow on a hit by Rams defensive end Aaron Donald. However, head coach Pete Carroll expressed optimism about Smith’s outlook on Monday. Carroll mentioned on Seattle Sports 710 that the fact that Smith was able to return to the game and throw the ball on Seattle’s final offensive possession was a positive sign. Smith is currently receiving extensive treatment for a contusion at the bottom of his triceps, but Carroll expressed confidence in having Smith on the field against the 49ers.
According to Carroll, the medical staff is closely monitoring Smith’s condition and while they are still examining it, they have a pretty good idea of what’s going on. The main concern is how quickly the soreness in Smith’s elbow settles down. Carroll pointed out that the most important thing is that Smith is functional, and the issue revolves around how sore he is. Despite the uncertainty, Carroll seems confident that Smith will make it back in time for Thursday’s game.
When asked if he meant that Smith would be able to play on Thursday, Carroll said, “I would think so.” In the event that Smith is unavailable, Drew Lock would serve as the Seahawks’ starting quarterback. Lock’s performance on Sunday left much to be desired, as he went 2-of-6 for three yards and threw an interception.