Here are a few quick notes from Pete Carroll’s weekly press conference today:
— Carroll confirmed that the team has signed tight end Kellen Davis, and said one reason for the move is that Luke Willson got a little banged up in the game against Carolina, reinforcing the need for a third tight end. Carroll said Willson will likely be able to play this week but that it “made us aware we should have another tight end.” Davis will practice with the Seahawks today.
— Carroll said the team had released Allen Bradford to make room for Davis. Bradford made the team out of camp as a middle linebacker, but Seattle also has special teams captain Heath Farwell at that spot. Cutting Bradford gives Seattle 25 players on offense and defense now.
— Carroll said Chris Clemons will practice today and then it will be a day-to-day process whether he will be able to play against the 49ers. “He’s still working his way into that position right now,” Carroll said. “He’s going to practice today. First time he’ll go and get live snaps.”
— Carroll also said Brandon Browner will run today and practice on Thursday and Carroll said “it looks like he’s got a real chance to make it back” for the game against the 49ers.
— The Seahawks brought OL Ryan Seymour and LB Ty Powell back to the practice squad today, releasing OL Jared Smith and DT Michael Brooks.
— Carroll, maybe predictably, downplayed the rivalry aspect of Sunday’s game saying it’s just one of 16 the team will play this year. “That’s not to make light of it but that’s that we way look at it,” he said.
— Carroll said he did not plan to make changes to the offensive line in the wake of the struggles to run the ball against Carolina.
Here’s a few minutes of Carroll’s press conference talking, specifically talking about Seattle’s 42-13 win over the 49ers last December:
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