The Seahawks are off the field following their Monday practice, their first in preparation for the season opener at Carolina Sunday.
And the only players coach Pete Carroll ruled out were defensive end Chris Clemons, and — it appeared anyway — defensive tackle Jordan Hill.
Clemons was a somewhat surprise inclusion on the active roster as he has yet to practice while rehabbing an ACL injury.
But Carroll said he will practice Wednesday to begin the next phase of his recovery.
“He’s had a great preparation to get back and it will be light on Wednesday,” Carroll said. “But he has been really busting it so we will just bring him along and take our time, and the tune we have been telling you hasn’t changed, we are going to take our time and make sure he is ready to go. He will not be in consideration for this weekend, but we are really excited that he is back out and we’ll see how it goes.’’
Of Hill, out the last two weeks with a biceps injury (EDIT — fixed since original story), Carroll said there is no timeline for when he may return.
“He’s feeling way better and getting closer and I don’t know when it’s going to be,” he said. “But it’s not going to be a long time before he gets back.’’
Defensive end Cliff Avril didn’t practice, nor did tackle Tony McDaniel, and Brandon Mebane was also limited.
But Carroll said all will give it a go Wednesday with an eye on playing against the Panthers.
“Mebane will practice on Wednesday and Tony will practice on Wednesday and we’ll see how they handle the work,” Carroll said. “Those guys will be ready to go, we believe. We’ll see how that bodes for the week, but Wednesday they will be ready to go out.’’
On Avril, Carroll said: “He ran pretty well today. Anxious to see what happens later in the week. I watched those guys work out today and he was moving better than I would have thought, so we’ll see what happens and how he reacts to this workout today and get another day off and we’ll see what happens. Don’t know what that tells us but it’s good news.’’
DE Michael Bennett was back today after missing the Raiders game and Carroll said “He’s fine. He just had some treatment (on a toe), a little special something done. He practiced today and ready go to.’’
Here are a few other news and notes:
— WR Stephen Williams was out after being tested for a concussion after the Oakland game. But Carroll said he will practice Wednesday.
— WR Sidney Rice also sat out, but Carroll said he will be back Wednesday.
— DT D’Anthony Smith, acquired from Jacksonville over the weekend, practiced today. Carroll said it was hard to evaluate him much yet but said they “he picks stuff up really quickly. … We are looking for a little depth here and a guy that could battle. We like his movement, he could undertand our system, has been kind of indoctrinated a little bit through his other camp (with former Seahawks DC Gus Bradley now head caoch of the Jags) looked active enough that he could help us. We’ve been a little bit kicked around there at the D-line spot and got to make sure we have guys who can play.”
— Of losing Chris Harper to the 49ers, Carroll said: “We were fortunate to get him back on the practice squad. It’s how you go about it, a gamble that you take, and they picked up a good football player.’’ Later, asked another question about Harper, he said: “Well yeah, we were hoping he would be with us and we could develop him and bring him along, but that’s how it goes.’’
— OL Michael Bowie, who hurt his shoulder Thursday, should be able to go Sunday. “News was really good and he should be out there Wednesday,” said Carroll, who had said after the game the injury was potentially serious. “It could have been he had an old injury that showed up and was a little confusing at the start, but he has a chance to be ready to go for Wednesday’s practice which is great.’’
— Of cutting Michael Robinson, Carroll said: “Very difficult. We had a lot of tough decisions and Mike was one of them. Mike’s been with us a long time. It’s all these guys that left hurt us in a sense because they bought in and had given us everything they had, and Mike was a very instrumental guy on this football team as it was coming along, so these were all very tough decisions.’’
— Spencer Ware was one of the younger players kept at RB with Robinson let go and Carroll said of Ware: “We had a real high opinion of Spencer coming in and he didn’t disappoint us at all. He was aggressive, he looks tough, he could catch the football. Everything he did was physical and he showed that at every snap that he had, so we have loved what he has given us. And he is involved in special teams and he can play fullback and tailback. What he did is just demonstrated to us that he is the real deal in his toughness and his ability to pick up the game. He’s been a very good learner for us. We’ve thrown a lot of stuff at him and he’s handled it very well.’’
— Of keeping two tight ends, Carroll said: “Well, we like both of those guys (Zach Miller, Luke Willson) they are both really good players, Luke had a great camp, finished off the pre-season very well. We have total confidence in him playing. And you saw Mike Person playing some for us, a heavy duty guy playing some tight end as well.’’
— Asked if Antoine Winfield’s knee injury was why he retired, Carroll said: “You’d have to ask Antoine on that. But what an extraordinary football player and a great kid and he battled his tail off and he’s a terrific player still today. He ran up against Walter Thurmond and Walter had a great camp and did a fantastic job for us he’s been the very best that he’s been, versatile all over the special teams units, returning as well. As much as I love Antoine I’m really excited for Walter to come through like he did. We’ve all been waiting for him. He just needed to get healthy and he finally did and it showed.’’
— Carroll reiterated that Derrick Coleman will now be the team’s starting fullback. Of Coleman, Carroll said: “He just came through in a beautiful way and sent a big message about special teams. He’s had a great camp on special teams, he’s all over the place. He’s a core guy there. We know he can carry the ball, too, if we need him to. He catches the ball well and he’s learning the system as a fullback and he outlasted the competition in this one to go into the opener as a starter, so that’s a big accomplishment for Derrick and we are really excited about him.’’
— Finally, Carroll said Jermaine Kearse will start the game as the kickoff returner. On Kearse’s only return of the preseason, be brought it back 107 yards against Denver. “He’s got a pretty good average,” Carroll said.
Finally, here’s some video of Carroll’s session with the media today: