Seahawks coach Pete Carroll met the media this afternoon for the final time this week prior to Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay at CenturyLink Field.
Here are the highlights of what he said concerning the key personnel issues with the team right now:
— Marshawn Lynch didn’t practice Wednesday and Thursday with a knee injury, but Carroll said he is fine and will play Sunday.
“He’s fine,” Carroll said. “He feels good. … His knee was a little sore and we took a look at some stuff, but he came out and was raring to go today. He got his walkthrough work early in the week so he’s ready for the game.”
— Carroll said the team was “quiet” with Percy Harvin this week, meaning he didn’t practice. Said Carroll: “He’s a little sore from last week so we’re just making sure he’s ready to go and we won’t waste our opportunity with him on the practice field.”
Carroll said Harvin “was fine a week ago, ready to go, and just the wear and tear of the comeback got him a little bit, so we’re just slowing him down.”
Seattle has three weeks from when Harvin began practicing a week ago Monday to place him on the 53-man active roster. Carroll said that will happen even if Harvin is not ready to play at that point.
“If he was on our team and was banged up, we certainly wouldn’t mind keeping him as one of the inactives,” he said. “So if that’s where it winds up a few weeks from now that’s where it is.”
Carroll said the team did another exam of Harvin to make clear that he had not suffered a re-injury.
“The doctors have looked a him, did another MRI to make sure we are seeing everything right. There were no complications and all that, so just bringing him back (slow.”
— Earl Thomas did not practice today after showing up sick. But Carroll said he will play Sunday.
— Carroll said OTs Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini may each begin practicing Wednesday — and recall that Okung can’t play until the Nov. 17 game against Minnesota while Giacomini can play as soon as he is healthy.
Said Carroll of Okung: “We are talking about him being on the field Wedensday. He might work out at the Stadium Sunday as his first day, but for sure by Wednesday he will be out doing some things. We are real encouraged. Every day he has worked he has shown that he can handle it with the rehab portion of it and so a real positive. Breno will be back about the same day. … and then we will have to determine what that means. We won’t know until we get going.”
Carroll reiterated when asked a follow-up that it’s too soon to say when either will play.
“Really can’t tell that until he gets on the field and start doing things,” he said specifically of Okung.
Here is some video of Carroll today talking about the matchup with Tampa Bay and the week of practice:
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