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November 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on radio show: “Might have six, seven guys return who didn’t play” against Raiders

The dominant storyline of Seattle’s 30-24 win over the Raiders Sunday was the number of players who sat out due to injury — the Seahawks suited up just 45 players including two who were meant to be used only in an emergency.

But coach Pete Carroll said on his weekly Monday radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle that “six, seven” players who did not play against the Raiders should be back for next Sundays game against the New York Giants (you can listen to it here).

Three Carroll specifically mentioned were center Max Unger, who he said will “definitely” be back, cornerback Jeremy Lane — who is finally able to come off IR — and defensive tackle Jordan Hill.

He also said safety Kam Chancellor and left tackle Russell Okung should be back after each suffered muscle strains in practice last week. Carroll said Chancellor had been feeling as well as he had all season before straining his groin in practice Thursday.

Carroll said Chancellor and Unger each probably could have played “but it wasn’t the right thing to play them.” He also noted that center Steve Schilling played only in what the team felt was an emergency.

He compared the injuries to last year, when the team was hit hard primarily on the offensive line, and said “this is more challenging. We are having more injury issues to deal with. That’s why it was such a great win yesterday because so many guys played and so many guy got things done.”

Carroll said cornerback Byron Maxwell “might” make it back for the Giants and that tight end Zach Miller will not be able to play. For Miller, that will be the sixth game he has missed since having ankle surgery after the win over the Broncos on Sept. 21.

Carroll did not talk about any of the players injured on Sunday, such as guard James Carpenter and receiver Doug Baldwin. He will meet the media at-large today at 3 p.m. so there will be more updates then.

Here are a few other notes from his radio show today:

—- Carroll was asked to compare this season to last year and said he’s waiting to see how all these games settle “when we look back at this season.” He said opponents “are playing us really well, they are not making any mistakes.”

— Carroll agreed that Marshawn Lynch is playing as well as he has at any time in his Seattle career saying “I thought his runs in the open field were spectacular. I thought he just looked great.”

—He aso agreed that Richard Sherman is playing as well as he ever has and said a play where he batted a ball away on a fade was a better play than his interception. He noted that the Raiders “tried him a bit and they might not try him for a while” and added that Sherman may not have the kind of stats he did a year ago “but it won’t be because he’s not a great player.”

— He talked at length about Russell Wilson and repeated what he said after the game that he had a long talk with Wilson afterward “just to get at it.” He said Wilson just had “a lot of throws that just got a way from him” noting the throw to Luke Willson in the back of the end zone as one Wilson has made a number of times in his career.  “He couldn’t explain why the ball wasn’t quite traveling as he wanted it to,” Carroll said.

— Carroll said he thought the rain impacted the passing game yesterday saying there are some days when the rain almost seems to help but that that wasn’t the case against the Raiders. “Just thought a lot  of factors added up that he just wasn’t as sharp as he has been,” Carroll said.

— Carroll said cornerback Tharold Simon “played excellent yesterday. Was all over it.”

— Carroll said he’s excited about where things are headed in the second half of the season noting that the defense has picked it up the last two weeks in terms of holding down yards and passer efficiency rating. He said the special teams errors should get fixed as the young guys play more and vets get healthy. “So I am really excited about the second half. Really excited about it because we have captured the real essence of what we are about, which is playing really hard.”





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