We just talked with Pete Carroll after Thursday’s walk through. Here are some of the highlights of what he said heading into Friday night’s game at Green Bay.
Defensive tackle Jordan Hill is out with a strained his bicep that he strained in practice this week. “We’re day to day, week to week if it takes that long,” Carroll said. As for a report that surfaced last night that Hill will miss three to six weeks, Carroll said, “That’s not accurate.”
On defensive end Cliff Avril’s availability against Green Bay, Carroll said that’s still up in the air. Avril returned to practice last week after sitting out with a hamstring injury.
Carroll said injured offensive guard James Carpenter (foot) is getting close to returning. “We’re hoping that he’ll practice next week and keeping our fingers crossed he can play next week,” Carroll said.
Defensive tackle Jesse Williams (knee) is out. As is wide receiver Sidney Rice and tight end Zach Miller. Rice has practiced since getting a preventative knee procedure done in Switzerland early in training camp but has yet to play in a preseason game. Miller practiced for the first time earlier this week.
“We’re being cautious with all our guys,” Carroll said. “We’re looking after these guys. If we have the opportunity to take an extra day, we’re doing it now. We’re pointing to the opener with Zach and Sidney…That’s somewhat of a conservative approach, but that’s the way we’re doing it.”
Antoine Winfield and Richard Sherman appeared banged up at yesterday’s practice, but Carroll said, “Sherm got stepped on but he’s fine. Antoine is nursing a little bit of a sore knee but he should be fine.”
Linebacker Bruce Irvin (groin) is a game-time decision.
Fullback Michael Robinson is still sick and won’t play. Carroll said they’re hoping to get him back next week, but said he wasn’t sure of the prognosis for him. “He’s not feeling well at all,” he said.
On an ESPN article that emphasized the unique way the Seahawks operated, including yoga and meditation, Carroll said, “Ah, that’s not a big part of our game. The article dramatized stuff. We have a handful of guys that are involved in their stuff…There’s a lot of guys around professional sports that do yoga and that kind of stuff. We don’t have a big program like that here. It kind of came off like we did.”
Carroll said “there’s a good chance” Phil Bates, who entered camp as a wide receiver, will play more fullback against Green Bay. He played one play of fullback in last week’s preseason game but was hurt on the play.