Kenneth Walker III

Seattle Seahawks
Running Back
Seattle Seahawks
Running Back
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Kenneth Walker III News

Ready for wild-card round

Walker (ankle) doesn't have a designation for Saturday's wild-card game at San Francisco, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Walker avoided Seattle's first injury report of the week entirely Tuesday before showing up one day later as a non-participant due to the ankle injury that has lingered since early December. With his status cleared up ahead of the weekend, though, Wednesday's absence clearly was maintenance-based, likely to keep the rookie second-round pick as healthy as possible. Walker thus is set to lead the team's backfield Saturday, which has resulted in 98 touches for 450 yards from scrimmage and no TDs over the last four contests.

Jan 12, 2023 1:19 PM EST


No practice Wednesday

Walker (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Walker wasn't listed on Tuesday's estimated injury report, so his absence one day later likely is maintenance-based due to the ankle issue that he's dealt with since early December. It remains to be seen if he'll be able to rid himself of a designation ahead of Saturday's wild-card game at San Francisco, which will be confirmed, one way or another, on Thursday's report. Since getting hurt Week 13 at the Rams, Walker sat out Week 14 but since then has reeled off 98 touches for 450 yards from scrimmage and no TDs over the last four contests.

Jan 11, 2023 4:34 PM EST



Extensive workload in overtime win

Walker carried the ball 29 times for 114 yards in Sunday's 19-16 overtime win over the Rams. He added one catch for 10 yards.

Analysis: Walker saw a career-high 29 rushing attempts, his third consecutive game with at least 20 carries. He wasn't particularly efficient -- he averaged 3.9 yards per carry -- though he did manage a couple long gains of 20 and 15 yards. Walker closed an impressive rookie campaign with 1,050 rushing yards, which is made even more notable due to the fact that he had only 58 yards through Week 4. The Seahawks await their postseason fate, but Walker will be a key to any potential playoff run for the team.

Jan 8, 2023 6:11 PM EST


Cleared to play

Walker (ankle/illness) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Rams, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Walker topped 20 carries and 100 rushing yards while playing through the same ankle injury the past two weeks, and he'll be out there Sunday despite missing some practice time because of an illness. The Seahawks may ride their rookie hard again, as they need a win plus a Packers loss to qualify for the playoffs.

Jan 6, 2023 1:22 PM EST


No practice yet this week

Walker (ankle/illness) was held out of Thursday's practice, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: It's uncertain whether a lingering ankle concern, an illness or a combination of the two are keeping Walker sidelined this week, but he has yet to log any activity after two sessions. The same can be said for fellow running backs Travis Homer (ankle) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle), so the situation in the Seahawks backfield remains in flux with just one more chance to practice during Week 18 prep. Friday's injury report will unveil if any of the trio sidestep a designation ahead of Sunday's game versus the Rams. However, if Walker is able to suit up for the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, he's the likely candidate to handle the majority of RB reps after posting back-to-back 100-yard performances on the ground.

Jan 5, 2023 4:55 PM EST



No practice Wednesday

Walker (ankle/illness) didn't practice Wednesday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: The Seahawks have been especially cautious with Walker since he sustained an ankle injury Week 13 at the Rams. He sat out Week 14 against the Panthers, but he's played in each of the last three games despite not logging many, if any, practice reps before those kickoffs. Overall, the rookie second-round pick has racked up 68 touches for 326 yards from scrimmage during that stretch, including back-to-back 100-yard efforts on the ground. Fellow running backs Travis Homer (ankle) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle) also sat out Wednesday's session, so the trio will be watched as the weekend approaches to see how Seattle's backfield may break down Sunday versus the Rams.

Jan 4, 2023 4:35 PM EST


Runs all over Jets

Walker carried the ball 23 times for 133 yards and caught his only target for nine yards in Sunday's 23-6 win over the Jets.

Analysis: The rookie running back posted his second straight 100-yard game and the second-biggest rushing total of his young career to help the Seahawks' playoff chances alive. Walker needs just 64 more rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the season heading into a Week 18 clash with a Rams defense that just got torched for 122 yards and two touchdowns by Austin Ekeler.

Jan 1, 2023 8:31 PM EST


Playing Sunday

Walker (ankle) is listed as active Sunday versus the Jets.

Analysis: Walker has been tending to an ankle injury for most of the last month, sitting out Week 14 against the Panthers but playing both of the last two games. During that span, he tallied 44 touches for 184 yards from scrimmage, so he should be good to handle his typical majority share of the backfield work for the Seahawks.

Jan 1, 2023 11:38 AM EST


Expected to play

Coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Walker (ankle) is expected to play and should have "fresh legs" for Sunday's game against the Jets, Curtis Crabtree of Fox 13 Seattle reports.

Analysis: The rookie officially is listed as questionable after not practicing Wednesday and being limited Thursday and Friday. It sounds like his availability won't actually come down to the 4:05 ET kickoff, though cautious fantasy managers may want to keep a distant eye on the situation anyway given some of the injury shenanigans that have come out of Seattle the past few years. Walker played through the same ankle injury last week and took 28 touches for 105 yards in a loss to the Chiefs after being listed as questionable on the final injury report.

Dec 30, 2022 2:46 PM EST


Listed as questionable

Walker (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, Curtis Crabtree of Fox 13 Seattle reports.

Analysis: Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune suggests Walker and WR Tyler Lockett (questionable - hand) both are likely to play with the Seahawks battling for a wild-card spot, though it is possible neither is at his best. Walker played through the same ankle injury last week and took 28 touches for 105 yards in a loss to the Chiefs, so he figures to give it another go ahead of the 4:05 ET kickoff Sunday.

Dec 30, 2022 1:37 PM EST


Limited practice Thursday

Walker (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Walker didn't practice last week due to a lingering ankle injury, but he was able to suit up for Saturday's eventual loss at Kansas City and turn 53 percent of the snaps into 105 yards from scrimmage on 28 touches. With an increase in activity Thursday from Wednesday's DNP, he appears to be getting healthier, while reserve running backs DeeJay Dallas (ankle) and Travis Homer (ankle) were limited and non-participants, respectively. If Walker again is able to handle the No. 1 role out of Seattle's backfield Sunday versus the Jets, Dallas seems like a better bet than Homer to earn the team's complementary reps at running back.

Dec 29, 2022 4:41 PM EST


No practice Wednesday

Walker (ankle) was held out of Wednesday's practice, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Walker also didn't practice last week before suiting up Saturday in Kansas City and pacing the Seahawks backfield to the tune of 53 percent of snaps (40 of 76) and 28 touches for 105 yards from scrimmage. The rest of Seattle's running backs (DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer) combined for 36 plays and eight touches, so Walker clearly is the team's top option on the ground if he's available. Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune suggested the Seahawks are limiting Walker's on-field work during the week to ensure he can play on game days, but the rookie's status still will be one to watch closely to get a sense of his availability for Sunday's contest against the Jets.

Dec 28, 2022 4:38 PM EST


Powers through pain for big day

Walker (ankle/back) rushed 26 times for 107 yards and lost two yards on two receptions in Saturday's 24-10 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: It was tough sledding early on for Walker after he managed just 10 yards on his first eight carries. Seattle stuck with the run despite playing from behind, resulting in the rookie's third 100-yard rushing game of the season. Head coach Pete Carroll noted that Walker jammed his ankle a couple of times over the course of the contest, but that his lead back was able to finish without issues, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. Walker's fantasy managers appeared to have dodged a bullet, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the bruising back limited in practice again this week ahead of next Sunday's tilt against the Jets.

Dec 24, 2022 2:21 PM EST


Suiting up Week 16

Walker (ankle/back) is active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Though Walker sat out practices Tuesday through Thursday due to his pair of injuries and ended up taking a questionable tag into the weekend, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll indicated the running back would play Saturday. Carroll's prediction will ultimately come to pass after Walker avoided the inactive list, but it's unclear if the rookie will be limited to any degree while he's still banged up. After sitting out the Seahawks' Week 14 loss to the Panthers, Walker didn't have any major restrictions with his workload in the Week 15 loss to the 49ers, as he accounted for 79 yards on 16 touches (12 carries, four receptions) while taking on a 75 percent snap share.

Dec 24, 2022 8:46 AM EST


Still on track to play Saturday

Walker (ankle/back), who is listed as questionable for Saturday's game at Kansas City after not practicing in any capacity this week, is still expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters as much Thursday, but it didn't stop Seattle from elevating two running backs (Godwin Igwebuike and Wayne Gallman) from the practice squad Friday. With Rapoport relaying that Walker is still on pace to play, however, it's possible that the addition of Gallman may have been in anticipation of an absence from DeeJay Dallas (ankle), who is also listed as questionable. Igwebuike, meanwhile, appears to have established himself as Seattle's top kickoff returner and might have been summoned from the practice squad even if both Walker and Dallas approached the weekend without designations. Regardless, fantasy managers planning on using Walker this week will still want to confirm that he isn't included on Seattle's inactive list, which will be released 90 minutes prior to the 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

Dec 24, 2022 5:46 AM EST


On pace to play Saturday

Coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that Walker (ankle/back) is in line to play Saturday at Kansas City, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Walker didn't practice Tuesday through Thursday and is listed as questionable for Week 16 action. The Seahawks even tacked on a back issue to his existing ankle injury Thursday, which Carroll chalked up to "a little bit of a spasm," according to Curtis Crabtree of Fox 13 Seattle. Still, though, the team is expected to have Walker's services Saturday, something that'll be confirmed approximately 90 minutes before a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. Carroll also said DeeJay Dallas (ankle) is slated to return from a two-game absence this weekend, so Seattle likely will have all of Walker, Travis Homer and Dallas available to the backfield.

Dec 22, 2022 2:30 PM EST


Status in question for Week 16

Walker (ankle/back) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game at Kansas City, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Seattle held Walker out of practice Tuesday and Wednesday, and he likely went down as a non-participant at the final session of Week 16 prep Thursday, per Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune. With game statuses now known for this weekend, Walker not only has the lingering ankle issue attached to his name, but a back injury as well. The rookie second-round pick's upcoming availability thus is up in the air, but managers who may be relying on Walker at least will be aware if he's active or not about 90 minutes before Saturday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. Fellow running back DeeJay Dallas (ankle) also is questionable, leaving Travis Homer as the only healthy member of the backfield on the Seahawks' active roster.

Dec 22, 2022 1:16 PM EST


Spectator for last Week 16 practice

Walker (ankle) wasn't spotted practicing with the Seahawks' other healthy players during the media-access portion of Thursday's session, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Later Thursday, the Seahawks will release their final Week 16 injury report, with Bell expecting that Walker will be listed as questionable for Saturday's game in Kansas City after going down as a non-participant Tuesday and Wednesday. While a lack of practice activity won't disqualify Walker from potentially suiting up this weekend, it's not an especially ideal scenario for fantasy managers who are weighing whether to include the rookie back in lineups for Week 16. In what's otherwise been a mostly promising first NFL season, Walker is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry while collecting 11 receptions across his last four appearances, missing one game along the way (Week 14 against the Panthers) due to the lingering ankle injury. Even if Walker is cleared ahead of Saturday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff, he could be on a restricted snap count while he manages the ankle issue.

Dec 22, 2022 8:27 AM EST


Remains DNP at practice

Walker (ankle) didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: While Walker was spotted on the practice field Wednesday, he didn't log any activity for a second straight day, which affords him just one more chance to log some drills this week. Thursday's session and subsequent injury report will be key to determining whether he enters the weekend with a designation for Sunday's game at Kansas City. Fellow running back DeeJay Dallas (ankle) increased his activity from none Tuesday to some (LP) one day later, so he appears to be a step ahead of Walker. Notably, the Seahawks waived Tony Jones on Wednesday, so Travis Homer is the only healthy member of the backfield on the team's active roster.

Dec 21, 2022 4:37 PM EST


Seen at practice Wednesday

Walker (ankle) is present at Wednesday's practice, but he didn't take part during the media-access portion of the session, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Walker officially kicked off Week 16 prep with an absence Tuesday, but it's unclear if he'll replicate that listing one day later. If he does, he'll be afforded just one more opportunity to mix into drills before the Seahawks likely tab him with a designation for Saturday's contest in Kansas City. With DeeJay Dallas (ankle) also a DNP on Tuesday, Travis Homer is the only healthy running back on Seattle's active roster after the team waived Tony Jones earlier Wednesday.

Dec 21, 2022 3:46 PM EST


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