The Seahawks are off the field following their Thursday walk-through in preparation for the third preseason game of the year Friday night against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field.,
And it sounds like a number of regulars could make their preseson debut.
Head coach Pete Carroll indicated that running back Marshawn Lynch, safety Kam Chancellor and offensive linemen Max Unger and Russell Okung will all play. He also indicated linebacker Malcolm Smith might be able to play, as well.
One who won’t see action is receiver Bryan Walters, who had two punt returns for 33 yards last week and seemed to be making a legit run at that job. But Walters hurt his ribs against the Chargers and Carroll said the Seahawks will “have to hold him out.”
Asked about Lynch, who played two plays last week without getting a carry, Carroll said: “It’s time for him to get some carries and get involved a little bit. Really, I could not be more pleased with the conditioning level that he’s had, the consistency of practice and his preparation has been great. So he will be ready to go and I know he is looking forward to that, too.”
Asked about getting the starting offensive line some work together in the game, Carroll said: “It is really important. It’s been obvious on the practice field, just the language that they share,. the communication, the sense for one another. It makes a big difference in this position more than any other position in the game, and it’s great to see it out there. If we get everybody out there some it would be good in this ball game. But we continue to practice together, which is really good.”
Asked about Chancellor, Carroll said “he’s ready to play some football. May get out there.”
One player who will also see action is linebacker Korey Toomer, who was one of the breakout players of the spring but did not practice until this week due to a hamstring injury. Asked if it’s important for Toomer, a fifth-round pick in 2012 who has yet to play,
“Yeah, time is running out,” Carroll said. “We haven;t had a chance to see him. He had a really good off-season, but unfortunately he has not been able to get enough back-to-back time to establish where he is on the roster and all of that. So more than some other guys, he has a lot to show. So hopefully he will get some good opportunities.”
Asked what he’d like to see of the starters, Carroll said: “We just want guys to play, get more playtime just to get adapted to the new season again. So as we stage it, this is the game they will play the most. So it’s really just that. Other than it’s consistency. We’d like to see us come back and play football again and take care of the ball like we always do and just see if we keep growing.”
And in a few other notes. …
— Carroll also said that Christine Michael “is the most improved player on our team. He’s come a long ways in so many ways. He just needs to keep playing and showing and competing and showing that he’s growing as a football player.”
— Carroll said Earl Thomas will again be the first one to return punts against the Bears. “He’s practiced really hard at it,” Carroll said. “A bunch of guys have. We are ready to do whatever we need to do. He will get out there first again in this game and get a couple of shots.”
— Justin Britt appears just about set as the starting right tackle. Here’s what Carroll had to say about him today: “Really solid, his progress has been really solid. He’s making great strides to be a legitimate starter. I’ve said before it’s all in his makeup that really kind of substantiates that he’s able to do this and handle this so it’s gone great so far.”
— Carroll said DT Jimmy Staten, out with a hamstring injury, is “making progress. We are just hoping that he can come can get back out next week so he can get some play time. It’s going to be kind of a race to get there. It’s just been really unfortunate. He just hasn’t had a chance yet. Did really well, came in great, showed some glimpses of what he could be and hopefully we will get him some play time (soon).”
— WR Kevin Norwood is also “progressing really well,” Carroll said, adding that “next week is the week that possibly he could get out there and get going again. Like Jimmy, it will be a race to get him back out there because the week will be short again.”
— Carroll said they are aiming to get Bruce Irvin back in the next week or two, though it sounds more likely to be the week prior to the Green Bay game. He also said they are hoping to get Bobby Wagner back next week.
— DT Michael Brooks is having surgery on his knee today, Carroll said, and LB Horace Miller is out indefinitely with a knee sprain. Carroll said Miller is still on crutches.
— And asked about the team having a few skirmishes in practice of late, Carroll said “we are working on our retaliation skills.”
You can watch some of what Carroll said below:
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