Pete Carroll’s session with the media today consisted largely of lots of personnel updates as the team prepares to play Oakland tomorrow in its final exhibition game.
Here are some of the key ones:
— Carroll said tight end Zach Miller, who has yet to play due to a foot injury, will play against the Raiders. “He’s going to get in the game, he’s ready to go,” Carroll said. “Surprised us that he jumped back so well. We’ll get him a little bit of play time, get him on the field, he really would like to do that to have a shot to get a little action before we start the season. … He just looks so good, he’s ready, and there’s no reason not to. He’s full go.”
— Carroll said defensive tackles Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel will not play due to what he called “slight groin things. We just don’t want to aggravate them. Hope to get both those guys back next week.”
— In another item that will make the the defensive line especially thin for this game, Carroll said DE Michael Bennett is out of the area having a procedure done on his toe. “He’s going to be back at the end of the week. He’s fine, it’s all orchestrated. He’s going to get some work done on his toe.’’
— Fullback Michael Robinson will again sit out with a virus that has sidelined him since the beginning of last week. “Mike is back in the building with us,” Carroll said. “He’s feeling better. He’s dealing with some intricacies about the illness that he has. It’s going to take us a little time before we get him back out here. Hopefully he will be better in a couple weeks. .. He had a virus that hit him pretty hard.”
— WR Sidney Rice, who has not played at all while resting his knee, will also sit out. But Carroll said he should be fine for the opener. “He’ll be ready,” Carroll said. “We know that he will be ready unless there is a setback next week in practice again.”
— DE Chris Clemons continues to work out well, and Carroll said the team may have a big decision to make on what to do with him for the final 53-man roster. “Watched him again today and he’s made fantastic progress and you would not have been able to tell from his workout today that he had knee issues and that’s a really good sign,” Carroll said. “But he hasn’t worked against anybody or practiced or any of that kind of stuff. But that’s a great sign. We have a big decision to make there and we’re going to have to figure that one out.’’
— DT Jordan Hill will also sit out for the second straight week with a biceps injury. But Carroll said he is recovering quickly. “He is responding really well and we are hoping it’s a week-to-week situation,” Carroll said. “We thought originally it might be something that was going to really cost him, but we will find out where he is next week and just take it from there. We don’t know yet but he is responding well, feeling well and not feeling any discomfort so there is a chance he will get back here maybe sooner than we had thought originally.”
— DE Cliff Avril will also again sit out but Carroll also sounded optimistic he will be ready for the opener. “As of this morning he’s feeling better and we’re hoping he will be able to go next week, but we won’t know until we get there, though,” he said.
— WR Bryan Walters, who has yet to play due to a hamstring, should be able to go, Carroll said, and will also get some kickoff and punt returns.
— Also getting some kickoff returns will be defensive back DeShawn Shead and Jermaine Kearse. Walter Thurmond will handle the bulk of the punt return duties, Carroll said.
— Among those who will get long looks at DT with the others out are Clinton McDonald, likely to start at nose, Sealver Siliga and Jaye Howard.
— OG James Carpenter will see his first action after recovering from a foot injury. “Looking forward to him playing,” Carroll said. “It’s necessary for him to get out there and play again. He was really making some progress and missed a couple of weeks here so it will be great to get him out.”
— Carroll also reiterated that Bruce Irvin will get a lot of time. “He’s ready to go, had a good week of practice, he looks really good, so he’s going to play a lot. Get some linebacker work and some third-down work if it works out right.”
— With Robinson out, Derrick Coleman will get the start at fullback followed by Spencer Ware, Carroll said.
— Phil Bates, who had been tried at fullback, will now move back to receiver, Carroll said. “We’re down numbers-wise there so he’s going to help us out there.”
Here’s some video of the first few minutes of Carroll’s session with the media today: