The heavy lifting of practice is now over for the Seahawks as they prepare for a Super Bowl rematch against the Denver Broncos Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
But while the Broncos will be looking for some revenge for 43-8, so too will the Seahawks be looking to rebound from last week’s loss at San Diego.
And that, said coach Pete Carroll today during his final meeting with the media of the week, is the real focus of Sunday.
Carroll said his players this week were “a little bit more quiet, focused really well and really determined to get back and get back on track.”
That was a theme heard throughout the locker room
“There were a lot of things that we needed to improve on,” said receiver Doug Baldwin. “And not so much big things, but little things that we have to get better at. So I think we have hashed those out and we are on our way to the right path. For the most part, the locker room., the mentality, the mood throughout the course of the week has just been serious and focused.”
Carroll also provided a number of personnel updates today:
— Defensive end Bruce Irvin is the only player not already ruled out who enters the game as a real question — he is officially listed as questionable with a rib injury suffered in practice Wednesday. Carroll, though, said there’s a chance he may play Sunday, saying “he didn’t go (practice) today but he feels a lot better. So we thought the best thing to do was to rest him again and take him right up to gametime.”
—Tight end Zach Miller, out the last two days with an ankle injury, practiced today and “looked like he’s ready to go,” Carroll said.
— RB Christine Michael “did fine, made it through the whole week and he’s ready to play,” Carroll said.
— LB Kevin Pierre-Louis also “made it through the week,” Carroll said, “and is ready to play, too. Had a good week. The rehab for both those guys (Michael, Pierre-Louis, each hamstrings) worked just right and they were full speed all week.” However, Carroll would not say if they will be active for Sunday’s game.
— RB Marshawn Lynch, who sat out Wednesday with a back injury, practiced the last two days full speed and is ready to go.
— S Kam Chancellor, who also sat out Wednesday with an ankle injury, worked full speed Thursday and Friday “and he was fine,” Carroll said.
— LB Mike Morgan, a key special teamer, also may be able to play. He was out earlier this week with a hip injury but Carroll said he was not found to have a significant injury and could be able to play Sunday. “Looks like he’s okay,” Carroll said. “Lucked out.”
— WR Kevin Norwood also had another good week of practice. But Carroll would not say if he will play Sunday.
— Irvin, by the way, said he plans to appeal an $8,200 fine levied by the NFL for his late hit Sunday on San Diego QB Philip Rivers. He said he will find out next week if he wins the appeal.