The Seattle Seahawks hoped Mike Williams could play Sunday. The 6-foot-5 receiver missed practice all week with a strained left foot, but coach Pete Carroll thought the rest could allow him to play against the Chiefs.
But Williams did not pass his test with trainers during his pregame workout and missed his first game of the season, taking his team-leading 52 catches for 654 yards and a touchdown to the sideline with him.
“He was good enough to run, but not good enough to play,” Carroll said. “He couldn’t help us out.”
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck held out hope that Williams would be ready after a conversation with him Saturday evening.
“I saw him Saturday night walking around the hotel, I really thought there was a real chance,” Hasselbeck said. “I kind of expected – I probably shouldn’t have let my mind go there – but I expect him a little bit. I saw him go out there for the warm-up. But, that’s a good lesson. You really have to focus on what you can control, and not get caught up in the other stuff.”