January 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM
Seahawks in “very good shape” from a personnel standpoint heading into playoffs
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team is “very fortunate right now” with regard to injuries heading into Sunday’s playoff game at Washington.
Just about everyone was expected to be on the practice field late Wednesday afternoon — a full participation report will be released later — including cornerback Marcus Trufant and linebacker Leroy Hill, who have been recovering from hamstring injuries.
Receiver Sidney Rice (knee) got through a walkthrough early Wednesday afternoon, Carroll said, and was expected to get some work in practice.
Tackle Breno Giacomini, who had been dealing with a sore elbow, will also be OK, the coach added.
“We’re very fortunate right now; (we’re) in very good shape,” Carroll said.
The biggest news from a personnel standpoint, however, was the return of starting cornerback Brandon Browner from his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy of performance-enhancing drugs. He had started the first 12 games of the season and had three interceptions.
“Getting Brandon Browner back is a big deal to us,” Carroll said. “He’s been a big part of what we’ve done here and he’s been a significant factor in the style that we play. So he comes back, and we’ll see how he does. It’s been a month, so we’ll see how he is, how rusty he is.”
Carroll was also asked Wednesday if Hill is set to resume his starting spot at linebacker after missing Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Rams. Malcolm Smith has started three of the past five games and been in competition for the spot.
“We’ll see how (Hill) does,” Carroll said. “He’s going to practice today, so I think that’s a really good sign, and that makes us better. He was close last week. Close enough that if we had to, we could have, but we thought with another week we’d be out of the woods on it. I think that’s where we are. We have to see how he does today and how he comes back tomorrow and we’ll know more.”
And on guard John Moffitt, who has been inactive the past few weeks after starting six games this season?
“He’s in good shape, ready to go and battling at the guard spot,” Carroll said. “J.R. Sweezy continues to hold that spot at this point.”