RENTON -- The Seattle Seahawks announced Friday that they will wear a patch on their jerseys for the remainder of the 2018 season to honor the life of owner Paul Allen, who passed away two weeks ago due to complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
The patches will be displayed on the team's uniforms beginning this Sunday in Detroit for their game against the Lions. It includes the initials PGA for Paul G. Allen and has a 12 flag flying above the lettering with the arches of CenturyLink Field displayed in the background of the patch.
Allen, who had owned the team for over 20 years, announced his cancer had returned on Oct. 8 and that he was optimistic he would be able to conquer the disease once again. Just a week later, Allen was gone and the future of the Seahawks franchise has become uncertain. The board that run the team consisted of Allen, his sister, Jody, and Bert Kolde, who is the CEO of Vulcan, Inc. which oversees Allen's businesses.
Head coach Pete Carroll said last earlier this week that he continues to deal with Kolde as his point of contact for team operations. Jody is the executor of Allen's estate will be in charge of carrying out his wishes for the state of the Seahawks, Portland Trail Blazers and the rest of Allen's assets.
K.J. Wright, Ed Dickson to play against Lions:
It's not a surprise given what had been said already throughout the week, but both linebacker K.J. Wright and tight end Ed Dickson are set to play Sunday in Detroit.
Neither player was listed on the team's final injury report of the week, indicating both players are ready to play against the Lions. Carroll confirmed it after the team's final practice of the week as well.
Wright and Dickson have missed the first six weeks of the season due to injuries. Wright had surgery on his knee the final week of the preseason after feeling some discomfort in a game at Minnesota in the third week of August.
"He’s in good shape. He made it through and we’re excited about him playing," Carroll said of Wright.
Meanwhile, Dickson began the season on the non-football injury list due to an injury Carroll has called both a groin and quadriceps issue. Dickson referred to it as a soft-tissue injury and said it was an "iliopsoas kind of injury," which refers to the anterior hip muscles.
“We’re going to be careful.," Carroll said of Dickson. "He has worked really hard to get back, much more so than a regular guy coming off a rehab, because he’s had time to do that, so he’s ahead of what most guys would be conditioning wise. So we’ll just kind of monitor it as we go—we’ve got kind of a thought in mind—but we’re looking for him to be involved, so we’ll just see how he handles it during the game.”
Dickson currently doesn't count on Seattle's 53-man roster. The team will need to make a roster move by releasing a player in order to add Dickson to the active roster so he can suit up on Sunday.
Defensive end Rasheem Green will be a game-time decision as he works back from an ankle sprain. He's the only player on the roster listed as questionable to play against the Lions.
“We’re going to take him all the way to game time, just got to make sure he’s ready to go. But he’s close enough that he should really be in consideration to play," Carroll said.
Cornerback Neiko Thorpe injured his groin in practice on Thursday during one-on-one drills and is doubtful to play. Additionally, backup guard Jordan Simmons is doubtful due to a calf injury that showed up on the injury report on Friday.
Still no word on Mychal Kendricks status, but Carroll hopeful word coming soon:
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks remains away from the team while serving an indefinite suspension from the NFL for pleading guilty to insider trading charges in September.
Kendricks was signed by the Seahawks after Week One and appeared in three games before the NFL handed down the suspension. Kendricks met with the NFL on Monday in a hearing to determine what his playing status would be. Carroll said he did hear from the league about the matter but nothing has been resolved as of yet.
"I did hear some more," he said. "The league is still working on where they're going with it. I'm hopeful that by the end of this week, maybe we hear something early next week, that they have some kind of a decision coming out of next week, but that's kind of hopeful on my part. They haven't guaranteed us that at all. They have gone through the process and they've come out of it with the direction that they've got to come up with where this fits and they're trying to measure what to do next. It should happen fairly soon coming out of this weekend."
Photo Credit: A jersey patch is sewn onto a Seahawks uniform that will pay honor to team owner Paul G. Allen, who died of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma on Oct. 15, 2018. (photo courtesy of Seahawks.com)