Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday he’d never coached a game before where his team didn’t have enough healthy players to fill all of the allotted 46 active roster spots on gameday.
But that was the case Sunday as Seattle had just 45 players suited up, two of whom the team didn’t really want to use — centers Max Unger and Steve Schilling.
It shouldn’t, however, be the case this week as Carroll said the team should make “a big turn” healthwise as the Seahawks prepare to face the New York Giants.
At his weekly Monday press conference, Carroll said five players who did not play against the Raiders Sunday should be able to play against the Giants — Unger, safeties Kam Chancellor and Jeron Johnson, defensive tackle Jordan Hill and cornerback Jeremy Lane. Lane is coming off of the short-term IR and the team will have to make a roster move with him at some point. Schilling also will presumably be healthier after playing in an emergency basis at the end. And Carroll also indicated that left tackle Russell Okung will have a chance to make it back
Okung and Chancellor each sat out after suffering muscle strains during the week — Okung a calf and Chancellor a groin. Carroll referred to both in an answer saying “they both feel like they are ready to play, so we’ll see what happens.”
Carroll said linebacker Malcolm Smith could “possibly” play this week but that “looking like it might be two weeks. But he’s one of those guys who might have a shot at it.”
Tight end Zach Miller, linebacker Bobby Wagner and cornerback Byron Maxwell will not make it back, though Carroll said Wagner has had some quick improvement in the last few days and “we are going to get him back really quick, probably not this week.”
As for the players injured Sunday, Carroll said they will have to “wait and see” about guard James Carpenter. He said “we haven’t heard anything updated on Carp. He’s got an ankle sprain of some sort. He was in the boot today.” Receiver Doug Baldwin, Carroll said, got “a thumbs up” concerning his groin injury. “Going to be okay, but we’ll see,” he said. And he said DL Greg Scruggs has a sore knee but no new injury.
“There are a number of guys we have to wait and see in a couple of days how they come out,” Carroll said.
Carroll also hinted at a roster move to add a returner, saying “we’ll see what happens this week. Some things that could occur here during the week.” Then he laughed and said “foreshadowing.”
So that could indeed mean the return of Bryan Walters, who cleared waivers on Monday after being released Saturday to make room for Terrance Parks, who was needed as depth at safety.
I’ll have some more quotes from Carroll later.
Here’s some video of the first few minutes of Carroll’s press conference Monday: