Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said again today that linebacker K.J. Wright is likely out up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.
Carroll said during his regular Monday press conference that Wright will have surgery Tuesday. Wright was injured in the first half of Sunday’s 19-17 loss at San Francisco.
Carroll said Malcolm Smith will start at weakside linebacker in place of Wright. Smith started two games there earlier this season and Carroll said it’s Smith’s “natural position” even though he has been playing primarily strongside linebacker this season.
Carroll said center Max Unger, who suffered a pectoral injury, will be limited early in the week and they will assess it from there.
Carroll said they hope WR Percy Harvin will get on the field Wednesday and then they can begin to assess where he is.
In a few other notes. …
— Carroll noted that of Seattle’s nine penalties, three effectively killed drives — and that Seattle had only nine drives all game. But he said he wasn’t blaming the officials, noting the 49ers had seven penalties, just that the Seahawks need to continue to figure out how not to get those calls. Said two of the three were penalties that if not called, no one would have said anything.
— Carroll said he thought about letting the 49ers score to get the ball back earlier for the offense. But he said no one on his staff had experience doing that and none could recall that strategy working. He said he decided to take their chances playing defense and “knocking the ball down” a reference to blocking the field goal.
— He said Robert Turbin will continue to return kicks for now, noting he holds onto the ball and they like the idea of a bigger returner.
— He said the James Carpenter/Paul McQuistan duo at left guard played pretty well and they won’t decide who will start there until later in the week.
I’ll have more quotes later.
Here is some video of Carroll’s opening statement and what he had to say about the injuries: