Here are a few quick news and notes from Seattle’s media availability this afternoon. …
— Coach Pete Carroll said WR Percy Harvin won’t practice today and said again that he is “day-to-day” with no specific date set for a return. He said he will work with the other players who are rehabbing today and then they will take it from there. He said it was “best to keep him in that mode” of rehabbing “for a little bit longer.” My read? Don’t expect Harvin to play this week.
— Carroll said Russell Okung is on schedule to begin practicing Friday, which would then put him on track to return to play against Minnesota on Nov. 17, which is the first game for which he is eligible to return.
— Carroll also said Breno Giacomini is on schedule to return to practice next week, as well, and then they will see how he responds.
— Carroll said he doesn’t anticipate making any changes on the offensive line, saying for now they are committed to the group they have and want them to continue to play together, getting more comfortable with each other.
— Expect Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse to take over for Sidney Rice as the outside receiver, with each then also getting more reps on the inside. Ricardo Lockette is also likely to get some chances as an outside receiver.
— WR Golden Tate confirmed that he did get fined by the NFL for his taunting penalty Monday (the regular fine for a first offense taunting penalty is $7,875 so that’s likely what Tate received). Tate said he had learned his lesson but also said he was surprised at how much national attention the play has received.
— Baldwin had harsh words for the play of the offense, saying “honestly, we were embarrassed by it.”
— LB Bruce Irvin, meanwhile, said the defense’s major issues Monday were not being outphysicalled, but instead being “too greedy” at times and getting out of position. He blamed himself for being out of position on the long Zac Stacy run that jumpstarted St. Louis’ final drive. “Last week, that wasn’t us,” Irvin said. “We were looking around scratching our heads like ‘what is going on?”’
Here is video of Carroll’s opening statement today:
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