The media availability for Seattle coach Pete Carroll and players has passed for today.
And the general theme in the locker room of the players who have been limited or out of late was one of optimism.
Receivers Sidney Rice and Stephen Williams, each out on Monday, said they will practice today and are ready to go,.
Williams, who was tested for concussion-like symptoms after hitting his head on the turf on a catch Thursday against the Raiders, said “it looked worse than it was” and that he passed every test and will play without limitations (though he will be in a red jersey in practice).
Rice simply said “I’m fine” and that he should be 100 percent for the game Sunday, with fresh legs after having been limited throughout camp.
Of more question are some of the defensive linemen. Since we got access before practice, there’s really nothing different than there was Monday when Carroll said all but Chris Clemons should have a chance to go this week (with Jordan Hill also still iffy and with no set ETA on when he will return).
Of most interest may be Cliff Avril, who has done little since arriving in Seattle due first to a foot problem and then a hamstring.
Avril said he will give it a go in practice today and hope for the best.
“I’m feeling better, getting better and better every day,” he said. “It’s kind of frustrating, but I’m getting better. Do a little bit of practice today and continue to move forward.”
If Avril can’t go, Carroll reiterated that O’Brien Schofield will get the start.
Carroll said tackles Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel, each dealing with groin issues, will each practice today and how they make it through will then dictate their game status.
Carroll said Clemons will practice today but said again he is out for Sunday, and that getting back to practice today is simply the start of the process of getting him back on the field.
Carroll also said guard James Carpenter will play against Carolina but will not start.
As for the game, there was a lot of talk about Carolina’s offense and quarterback Cam Newton, and I’ll pass along a lot of that later.
You can also hear Carroll talk about the Carolina offense and the challenge of this game in the clip below: