The Seahawks are coming off an overtime win over AFC South champion Houston on Sunday.
“Great football team. Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches in the league. They’ve got a roster that is filled with excellent football players on both sides of the ball,” he said. “They’ve got a quarterback [Russell Wilson] that’s a nightmare to contain and handle. We got our hands full.”
Werner sidelined -- The injury to the Colts’ 2013 first-round draft pick initially didn’t appear to be serious. But that attitude changed Monday after Werner had gone through a magnetic resonance imaging test.
“Bad news there for Bjoern but he’ll be back,” Pagano said, adding that fullback Stanley Havili incurred a mild ankle sprain against the Jaguars. He is not expected to play this week against Seattle. The Colts added fullback Robert Hughes to the active roster Monday and waived wide receiver Griff Whalen. Hughes was with Indianapolis last year and was released at the end of training camp. Whalen may return to Indianapolis as a member of the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Pagano said that Werner had been playing better in recent games, working as the primary backup to outside linebacker Erik Walden.
“Getting better every week. He was trending in the right direction. We talked last week about he’s getting more comfortable. You could see the confidence level rising,” the Colts coach said. “Scheme-wise, he wasn’t thinking, he was playing faster, so it’s a shame that [the injury] happened. But it’s part of the game.”
Landry remains on day-to-day status. Center Samson Satele (elbow) is expected to return to a full practice routine this week and start against the Seahawks. Jean Francois is also listed as day-to-day on the injury list.