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October 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Carroll on ESPN 710: Tate has sprained foot, reiterates Harvin may practice next week

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, during his regular morning-after appearance on the team’s flagship radio station, ESPN 710 Northwest, said receiver Golden Tate sprained his foot during Thursday night’s 34-22 win at Arizona.

Tate returned to action, however, and Carroll noted that the team is now off until Tuesday so there’s some time now to let bodies heal and then assess where guys are physically next week.

He also repeated that Percy Harvin is on track to return to practice on Tuesday but said he must first “withstand the strain of the workouts” the team is putting him through the next few days “because we are pushing him really hard … anxious to see if that works out will be a miraculous return if we can get it done.”

In a few other notes. …

— Carroll said to expect the defensive line rotation to continue with lots of guys getting lots of playing time. “I don’t think¬† we are going to settle on just four guys,” he said, adding that it’s “a little daunting” trying to make the rotation work but that “it’s a great problem (to have). They are talking about our pass rush last night that’s pretty exciting.”

—¬† In an overall assessment of the night, Carroll said “it was a a really fun game. We made so many plays that were cool to watch that the whole night was full of bright spots. … for the defense to step up to get 30 yards rushing and seven sacks is about all you can do in a game.” He added that “Russell (Wilson) played really well and continues to find ways to do great things and some of the special things he did were really obvious.”

— He said it was “unfortunate” that the game was as close as it was noting that Tate’s punt return “would have blown the thing open.” He said he did not question the flag for illegal block in the back on Mike Morgan.

—He praised the showing of the Seattle fans in Arizona saying it confusing at times what was going on because the Seattle fans were cheering as loud as the home fans. “You couldn’t tell from the crowd’s reaction what was going on,” he said.

— Asked about the failed QB sneak on fourth-and-one, he said the plan was to spread out the field and let Wilson “find a little crack in there.” But he said they simply “got beat at the line of scrimmage so we lose on the play.” He said he didn’t regret the call, saying it was only about two inches the team needed to get, but that they have struggled a couple times now with that play so “we need to evaluate that and see if that is a good tool for us.”

— Wilson’s fumbles he said are “protection issues. That’s not Russell’s issues. … the protection has to be better and he can’t do a whole lot about what happened.” He said if there is one thing Wilson can do better it is to put the football away first and then try to escape. “He got pounded pretty good again so we’ve got to do a better job of taking care of him.”



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