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August 14, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Video: Pete Carroll says Cassius Marsh may play tomorrow, and other personnel updates

The Seahawks are off the field following their Thursday walk-through in preparation for Friday night’s preseason game against the Chargers at CenturyLink Field.

And one player who may see action is rookie defensive tackle Cassius Marsh.

Marsh left the field Wednesday with a knee  injury with the team later saying he would have an MRI.

It showed no significant injury, however, and Marsh was back on the field Thursday and could play against the Chargers, according to coach Pete Carroll.

“He was at practice today, got out there, did awesome,” Carroll said. “And if he’s okay tomorrow, he’s got a chance to play, so we are very, very happy about that.”

Here are a bunch of other news and notes from what Carroll said today:

— Carroll was typically vague about whether certain players will or won’t play.  But he basically ruled out safety Kam Chancellor. “He practiced really well this week,” Carroll said. “He felt great about it. We’ll go through next week and then figure it out at the end.”

— Asked if Marshawn Lynch has a chance to play, Carroll said “yes, he does. We’ll see at gametime.”

— Asked about James Carpenter and Max Unger, he said “we’re still making those decisions. Carpenter looks like he’s in good shape. Still waiting to see on Max, if he can go or not. Those guys got to practice this week as well as Russell (Okung) and did a good job. So we will wait til game time to figure it all out.”

— WR Kevin Norwood won’t play. But Carroll gave an enthusiastic update on his recovery from surgery to remove a bone spur in his foot nine days ago. Carroll said Norwood is “feeling great. His foot feels good.  He’s already walking around on it. They said it might be three, four weeks if we were lucky, so it looks like he’s doing really well. He feels great. Just yesterday he said he doesn’t feel it at all. So he’s really encouraged. He’s had a sore foot for a longtime, so he’s hoping it’s going to be all better.”

— Expect rookie LB Kevin Pierre-Louis to play a lot after being sidelined the first week with a oblique injury. He was back at practice this week and Carroll said his fast 40 time has shown up on the field. “These next three weeks will be important for him and he’ll get a lot of play time,” Carroll said.

— Same holds true for CB Tharold Simon, who was tossed out of last week’s game with 10 minutes to go in the third quarter and got just 15 snaps. Carroll said Simon continues to impress in practice and that “this preseason is really important for him. He’ll play a ton these next three weeks and we’ll try to take him through it and grow with him with a really positive outlook that he can be a big factor.”

— Carroll said that Earl Thomas will again get the first punt return but that “there will be some other guys that will get a shot, too.”

— DT Jordan Hill is also back after missing last week with a groin injury and should play.

— He noted again to expect O’Brien Schofield to get snaps as a nickel pass rusher with the first team defense this week after Benson Mayowa got them last week. “Just a great competition,” Carroll said. “Special teams factor in also, so we’ll see what happens.”

— Carroll said Justin Britt played well in the Denver game and has played well throughout camp but that Eric Winston is “right there battling him.” He said Winston is a little behind due to coming in late “but it’s good competition.”

— He reiterated that he wants to see the second team defense play better than it did in Denver, saying “we played poorly at the line of scrimmage last week and I was really disappointed that we looked like that. It was just technique-wise. We got blocked. And so I’m hoping that the line of scrimmage will start the chain reaction that we will play better when it comes to second-half ball.”

— He also said he wants to see the team play better on third downs on both offense and defense than it did in Denver.

— And he said the backup QB job remains ongoing and expects both Tarvaris Jackson and Terrelle Pryor to get a lot of action against the Chargers.

Here’s some video of what Carroll had to say:

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