The Seahawks are off the field following their Wednesday walk-through, after which they began packing up for the pre-season opener tomorrow night at San Diego.
And among those who won’t play is Bruce Irvin, who is being used some at strongside linebacker this year as well as defensive end. Irvin is dealing with a groin issue and will miss what was one of his four chances to get some playing time before he is then suspended for the first four games of the regular season for PED use.
“Yeah, I’m disappointed and so is he,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “We are frustrated by that. These games are really important to him. He’s one of the guys like (middle linebacker) Allen Bradford that has a chance to really show something in this little bit of a transition to playing SAM backer for us. We did everything we could to get him back — he’s really close — but it’s not the right thing to do to play him right now.’’
Also out is left guard James Carpenter, whom Carroll said is dealing with a foot strain suffered earlier this week in practice.
“He has a strain in his foot unrelated to anything else he has had,” Carroll said of Carpenter, who had off-season knee surgery. “He has had this before in the past in college, so it did show up. We are going day-to-day with him on it but we don’t know how long it is going to take. He is responding already to treatment and he is better than he was the first day, so we will see how it goes.”
Also appearing unlikely to play is newly-signed WR Early Doucet, who has practiced just once with the Seahawks.
“He’s been banged up and he’s got some issues that we are still working with, and we’ve got to figure them out,” Carroll said.
Also likely out is center Max Unger, who has been limited of late with a groin issue.
“We’re going to take him all the way up to game time,” Carroll said. “He’s got a groin that’s been bothering him. Could be one of those considerations where we will sit him out just to make sure we are taking advantage of the time.’’
Also unlikely to play is MLB Bobby Wagner, which would give Allen Bradford the chance to start in the middle, and RB Robert Turbin, which will give Christine Michael, Spencer Ware and Derrick Coleman lots of opportunities to play.
UPDATE — Also, I simply forgot to mention initially that WR Sidney Rice is also not going to play while still getting in game shape after his knee procedure in Switzerland last week.
Here are a few other quotes from Carroll’s session with the media today, and at the bottom is a little video.
On the importance of pre-season games in evaluating players: “This is a real important time for us. We take it very seriously that we have a chance to go play football and we get to see the evaluations in games. And it’s great fun, too. These guys have waited all year to get back to football and they are looking forward to their chance to play. Not everybody is going to play a whole lot. We are going to mix our rotations up and we are not going to be real specific with you and wait and see how that works out. But we are going with the starters and they are going to get out there and get going and at this time we really will take the stance on guys that if we think they need rest we are resting them, and so if we think they need a break we are going to break them — it’s just so early that we can do that. We expect to see us go. We are going to go out and try to play football our style, play fast on offense and fly around on defense and special tems and start the process of figuring out what it looks like and start to figure us out. Because you did something last year doesn’t mean anything about this year, it just doesn’t. It’s what you do about it and how you respond and how you answer the call to the challenges and all that. I know everybody talks about expectations and this and that coming off last season — that doesn’t matter to me at all. It does tell us where we can be and it does give us an indication of that, but now we have to start all over again. From Russell (Wilson) on through out, everybody has to go out and prove where they fit on this football team again and we’ve got to do a great job of coaching it to to get started.”
On getting a look at rookies and younger players: “It’s huge for these guys. We have evaluated them in practice and now it comes to gametime. And things change sometimes and we have to get to the truth- who are these guys and what are they all about and where do they fit in and how can we best utilize their talents? We are very excited about the young guys and think there is a lot of brightness in these young guys and that they could add to our football team. But we have to see what happens when we go play under the lights and all that. … more than anything, we do want to see our young guys. They will play the bulk of the game and they will get a chance to finish the game and we will see how they do under the strain of that.”
On pre-season games being more important with fewer full-contract practices now: “The way we look at it is this is the time to find out full-speed football. We are not trying to fool you that we are tackling. We are not tacking out here. These four games are huge for that, and it’s enough time and it’s important and it takes time to go out the first time and then adjust and then adjust again and then you’ve’ got it right by game four — that’s really the goal here.”
On Max Unger: “Going to take him all the way up to game time, got a groin that’s been bothering him. Could be one of those considerations where we will sit him out just to make sure we are taking advantage of the time.’’
On the backup QB rotation: “The competition is at hand now there is no doubt for these guys and it’s a big deal to both Brady (Quinn) and T-Jack (Tarvaris Jackson) and I am real anxious to see how it goes. They have performed well in practice, they have really handled themselves and the team really well and we are very fortunate to have their experience. It’s really obvious. So now they’ve got four games to really prove it and they will get a lot of play time. They will get a great chance here in the early part of pre-season.”
On if he will keep it a secret which QB will follow Wilson: “Yeah, got to wait and see. Going to hold it all in great suspense.”
On rookie receiver Chris Harper: “Chris has been really solid. He’s learning fast, he’s a real smart kid. He has improved right before our eyes in the things he was going earlier that he picked up on. He’s doing a good job and we expect to see get the ball and do some things in this game.’’
On Allen Bradford starting: “It is a really big opportunity for Allen. This has been a long-term project for Allen since we transitioned him from running back. Way back in the day he was one of the best high school players in the nation playing both ways and he was a great defensive player and he played running back at SC and always kind of liked the thought of playing defense. So when he finally got back here he and (linebackers coach Ken Norton) kind of came to an agreement that we would take some time to figure it out, and now is his time. He played just a little bit and he had broken hands when we had pads on (last year) and we never really got a great evaluation of him. And it’s been a great experiment. He’s really fast. He’s really strong and he’s really tough. So now we will see what he result is. And I won’t call it after game one. This is his first chance to play linebacker, really, and he’s going to get a lot of reps, too. Give him a month and see how it works out.”
On Robert Turbin: “He’s coming back we are just bringing him back slowly, minimal amount of stuff on the practice field in full tempo. He is running full speed, but again we are just using the time frame. He is back off the PUP so he can go ahead and start working so we can get him ready to go. Next week will be really important, we’ll see if he can take it next week and hopefully by the end of that week he will be going full speed.”
On Christine Michael getting carries Thursday: “He’s going to get a load. He and Spencer and Derrick are all going to get the ball a bunch and we are looking forward to seeing those guys. You’re not going to see a whole bunch of Marshawn (Lynch).”
On the kickoff return situation: “Going to see Christine Michael right off the bat — don’t mind telling you that. Kind of anxious to see that myself. Jeremy Lane is going to be back there, as well. Will Blackmon will get a couple shots, Golden (Tate). So it will be fun to see these guys, really a big deal to us to figure this out. Hope we don’t get a whole lot of kickoff returns but we will see.”
On backup OL Mike Person: “Calf that is bothering him a little bit. Real minor strain that we have to take care of him this week. He won’t go.’’