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November 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Seahawks Monday notes: Max Unger out 3-4 weeks, Bobby Wagner could be back this week

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said during his regular Monday meeting with the media that center Max Unger will likely be out at least three weeks with a high ankle sprain and a twisted knee.

Carroll said it was too early to know if Unger would be out longer or if a stint on the Injured Reserve would be needed.

“Looks like it’s a three-week, four-week type of deal,” Carroll said. “. … Max hasn’t had one of these before so its first time through it and he’ll have to figure it out as it goes. But it’s a second degree sprain, so it’s legit and we’ve got to take care of him.”

Carroll indicated the team will sign a center this week to replace Unger, and one likely option is former Seahawk Lemuel Jeanpierre. Carroll was asked about Jeanpierre an said that they know he’s out there but wouldn’t commit that the Seahawks will sign him. However, it will be no surprise if Jeanpierre — who played for the Seahawks from 2011 until being waived with an injury in September — returns to the team this week (maybe as early as Tuesday so he’s here to practice during the week).

Carroll also said that MLB Bobby Wagner could return to practice on Wednesday and has a chance to play on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Wagner has not played since the Dallas game with a toe injury.

Carroll also said guard James Carpenter has a good chance to be back this week.

Carroll also reiterated that RB Marshawn Lynch is “banged up” and said that Lynch did not go into the locker room at halftime because his back had tightened up and he wanted to stay on the field and work with a trainer.

“He had a little episode there where he tightened up,” Carroll said. “He’s had back issues for well before we ever got him and he’s always been able to manage it. … it’s an ongoing process for him and he know it better than any of us and he knows how to deal with it. He’s been able to get through it so he got worked and stretched the whole time to try to get ready and came out and played like crazy again in the second half.”

Carroll refuted a suggestion in a story from NFL.com that Lynch stayed out of the locker room at halftime as a sign of his discontent over his contract or relationship with the team.

“He was just trying to survive the day,” Carroll said. “Just trying to get through it so he could play for his team and it worked out. He had a good first half and came back and ripped it in the second half as well, so it was a good plan.”

DEA Update — Also, it has been confirmed that DEA officials visited with Seattle doctors at the airport as the team headed home following the game. The Seahawks say they have no real comment

Carroll said of the DEA visit that “there’s nothing on I can say. The league has already commented about it. I wouldn’t know what to tell you. They did visit us and we took care of business and complied with everything they ended.”

“. … We just got on the plane. I don;t even know what took place. But I have been informed that everything went fine.”

Here is video of the first few minutes of Carroll’s press conference today:

Seattle coach Pete Carroll takls to the media Monday.

 

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