Here are the personnel updates, and a few other notes, from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s meeting with the media today following the team’s walkthrough at the VMAC.
— Seattle has re-signed running back Demitrius Bronson, a native of Kent and former UW and Eastern Washington player, and released center Greg Van Roten to make room on the 75-man roster. Carroll said Bronson was re-signed after Christine Michael hurt a hamstring in practice on Tuesday that will keep him out of Thursday’s game against the Raiders. “Christine Michael pulled up a little bit yesterday in practice so we’re just insuring we have enough guys to run the football,” Carroll said. “He (Bronson) did a real nice job when he was here, but numbers just caught him at the cuts.”
— WR Percy Harvin was absent for a second straight day for what Carroll said was “personal business.”
— CB Jeremy Lane has “a mild strain” of his groin, Carroll said, and won’t play against the Raiders. But Carroll said “we think he’ll be alright next week.”
— Carroll said TE Cooper Helfet appears to be recovering quickly but is “day-to-day” for now, so it’s uncertain when he will return.
— DT Tony McDaniel has a sore knee that Carroll said the team is “just resting.” He did not practice this week.
— DT Jimmy Staten has been back on the field this week but not yet ready to return in full, Carroll said. “Staten is getting closer,” Carroll said, adding he will not make the trip to Oakland.
— WR Bryan Walters is available to play this week after missing last week with sore ribs.
— WR Kevin Norwood and DE Bruce Irvin each have a shot to get back next week, Carroll said. Irvin remains on the PUP list so he will not take up a roster spot if he is not back. Norwood, though, would have to be on the 53-man roster to practice next week.
— Asked about getting playing time for the backup QBs, Carroll said: “I’d like everybody to get good chances. I’ve kind of felt like we haven’t had really good opportunities for the QBs in the last couple weeks the way we’d like. I don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re going to try to make it so they get to play and show their stuff. I’d love Terrelle to get some good playing time in this game, particularly because he didn’t get much of anything last week.”
— Asked what he’d like to see from Terrelle Pryor, Carroll said: “Just playing ball. I hope that the cool things we’ve seen on the practice field show up on the game field. He had a nice first game and then the opportunities didn’t work out quite as well for the chances to do things. Hopefully this game it will be different.”
— Carroll said the team won’t change any of its plans on who plays due to the fact that the Oakland stadium has dirt from the baseball infield.
— Asked about the challenges of turning around and then having to open the season next Thursday, Carroll said: “I’m hoping that all the guidelines for how we practice will allow us to do things exactly the way we want to like in a normal week so we’re waiting to here from the league on that to make sure we have full freedom to do what we normally do in game week. We’ll see what happens with that.”
— Asked what there is still to learn about the team in the preseason, Carroll said: “All kinds of stuff. All kinds of individual stuff. Scheme-wise we’ve been doing quite well. I like what’s going on. We’ve been able to meet the expectations of what we’ve wanted to do with the things we’ve tried out in preseason so that part of it is fine. I’d just like to see guys come through again. For guys who have done well, do it again. Guys that have a chance to do better that they show they’re worthy. There have been times guys jump up and they really light you up on this last opportunity. And for some guys they need to play more to show it. It’s hard sometimes to get eight, 10 plays or 12 or 14 plays in a game to really get a feel and take advantage of your opportunities. Hopefully this game will provide that for the guys who it could make a difference.”
— And asked about the progress of WR Paul Richardson, Carroll said: “He’s done really good stuff. He’s been very consistent on the practice field. He shows that he understands the offense and can make adjustments to the routes and can read things and all that. It’s always hard for all those young guys to be exactly right all the time. They’re going to miss some things, which he’s done in really typical fashion. But he has shown toughness, he’s shown route running ability, he’s caught tough balls underneath, he’s got open deep. We really think he’s got a chance to help us, so we’re real excited about his progress.”