Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said during his weekly Friday radio show on KIRO 710 in Seattle that “we’re going to in banged up. That’s part of this time of year.”
Specifically, Carroll said the Seahawks will be without linebacker Malcolm Smith, which is no surprise as he has not practiced all week after injuring his groin at Carolina Sunday.
Seattle has been preparing for Smith’s absence all week by moving K.J. Wright back to weakside linebacker — where Smith had been starting — and inserting rookie Brock Coyle at middle linebacker to take the place of Wright, who had been playing in the middle for the injured Bobby Wagner.
But also expect Kevin Pierre-Louis to play significantly, likely in passing downs, when he would likely team with Wright.
Bruce Irvin will still start at strongside linebacker.
Carroll also said the status of center Max Unger remains a question, saying that while he has practiced this week (officially listed as limited each day) the big thing is seeing how he responds the following day. Carroll said of Unger that “he’s getting closer but we have to wait for the next day each day to see how he survives the day of work.”
Those were the only two players Carroll specifically mentioned.
However, as noted Thursday, Stephen Schilling missed practice on Thursday with a knee injury which left third-teamer Patrick Lewis getting most of the reps at center in practice.
Carroll will meet with the media at large after practice this afternoon.