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October 20, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll with more on Harvin, and injury updates

Pete Carroll’s Monday press conference served as both a post-mortem on Seattle’s loss at St.  Louis Sunday and the Percy Harvin trade and aftermath.

Here are some of the high points:

— Much of the press conference centered on the Harvin trade with this being the first chance for a lot of local media to ask Carroll about it. He reiterated much of what he said in St. Louis, while also expanding in some areas.

Carroll, for instance, talked about meeting with players on the flight to St.  Louis and said he honestly believes they all understand why the team made the move that it did.

“I took a good accounting of the fellas and just a visit because it happened so suddenly for them,” Carroll said. “I know exactly how they feel about it, yeah. And we had a really good talk about it and talked with guys from across the board on our team. I think it was pretty clear that it was accepted as the next thing that we had to do and we did the right thing and on we go. It was a team decision.”

— Carroll also repeated that he didn’t think the trade had anything to do with the team’s slow start in St. Louis. “I think they handled it really well, took it in stride,” Carroll said. “I think they trust our decision and they’ve stood by us throughout and I don’t think there’s any fallout at all. Obviously, like one of our guys said, you are human. You have a response to it. But I don’t think anybody had any problems and everybody was concerned about getting to the business of playing football. So I think it was fine.”

— Carroll noted that he first got to know Harvin while recruiting him to USC. Carroll said he has coached “all  kinds of different guys” and has “always felt it was going to work out. We are going to be able to figure out a way to make it work and with everybody that we decide to bring to this program, we do it with a specific reason, with great consideration and we have a plan, we have a vision for how it’s going to go. And we didn’t quite get there.”

— As the press conference ended, Carroll was asked about Harvin reportedly not wanting to play at the end of the Dallas game. Carroll responded “he’s a Jet” and turned to one of Seattle’s PR men to give a cue that the press conference was over. So yeah, the team is hoping to move on quickly from Harvin, even if it’s an episode that figures to linger for years.

— As for some other news, Carroll was asked if Michael Robinson might be an option at fullback, with Derrick Coleman out at least six weeks with a broken foot (which could mean an IR stint is coming). Carroll said “he’s doing a really good job in the media and quite busy and really encouraged by his efforts. Seems to be very well-grooved on the business end of things.” So take that as a no, and that Carroll also may not love some of what Robinson has had to say about the Seahawks in recent weeks.

— Carroll  also said he got a call from the NFL today about the replay on the fumble at the end of the game. He said he was told they did not have a view to overturn what was ruled on the field. Carroll said he wanted to make the point that he wished they could have taken more time to make sure they got it right and he didn’t understand why it had to be rushed. UPDATE: I want to clarify what I meant to write here, which is that the NFL main replay office in New York looked at the initial replays and did not see a view to overturn what was called in St. Louis, so they did not request a formal review on the field.

— As for injuries, Carroll said Tharold Simon has a “lightly” sprained ankle and could be back this week. He said Byron Maxwell also could be back this week which would obviously boost the cornerback corps.

— He said Steve Schilling suffered a bruise (though he didn’t specify the body part) but is fine.

Max Unger could also be back this week, and Carroll said TE Luke Willson almost definitely will be back this week. However, he said Zach Miller is further away and noted that Miller is still in a boot.

— He said he couldn’t give an estimate of how long Bobby Wagner is going to be out but that “it’s going to be a while.”

— And he said Jeremy Lane will return to practice this week but recall that Lane cannot play until the Nov. 9 game against the Giants.

Below, you can watch Carroll’s opening statement as well as what he said about St. Louis’ big special teams plays:

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