The injury news was pretty positive from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll during his Friday morning radio show on KIRO-FM 97.3.
Carroll said Marshawn Lynch, Bobby Wagner and James Carpenter will all be ready to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
This is the second straight week Lynch has not practiced on Wednesday and Thursday. But Carroll said the plan is working to keep Lynch ready for gameday and he expects Lynch to be ready as usual for the Cardinals.
Wagner and Carpenter each each coming off longer-term injuries — Wagner out since the Dallas game Oct. 12 with a toe injury and Carpenter out the last two weeks with a sprained ankle.
But Carroll said each responded well to the week of practice and each will be able to play, though he said he was unclear yet how much each would be ready.
Wagner could make a particularly big impact if he can return at middle linebacker and get the linebacking corps back to its usual rotation.
Carroll sad “we’ll see how much we can play him, but he’s ready to play football.”
Carroll also said of Max Unger that “he’s having a good week” in his recovery from knee/ankle injuries and that for now, they will take it week to week with him.
PENALTIES REMAIN AN ISSUE FOR SEAHAWKS — As noted last night, the NFL reportedly told the Seahawks on Thursday that there should have been two pass interference calls against the Chiefs in Sunday’s game, including on a critical fourth quarter fourth-down pass to Doug Baldwin. As many of you noted, the officiating crew for that game was headed by Bill Leavy, who also handled Seattle’s Super Bowl XL loss to the Steelers.
And as Chris Cluff of Chawktalk.com notes, what happened at Kansas City continues a season-long trend for the Seahawks of having a significant differential in penalties compared to their opponents.
As Cluff notes: “The Seahawks have the worst penalty differential in the league, called for 3.6 more penalties per game than their opponents. If that continues, it will easily be the largest margin in the NFL since at least 1990, per sportingcharts.com.”
Also, here are a few additional links. …
— Are sacks a bad measure of the success of a pass rusher? One could make that case.
— The Seahawks are still in the top 10 of many NFL media power ratings.
— Seahawks.com with a video preview.
— Seahawks.com also wraps up Thursday in Hawkville.
— NFL.com with a preview.
— ESPN’s preview.
— Are the Cardinals reminiscent of the 2012 Ravens?
— Lots of Friday morning Cardinals links and notes, including that if he follows his own trend, then Drew Stanton may end up looking Richard Sherman’s way a lot on Sunday.
— FoxSports says the Cardinals will have to do something on the ground against the Seahawks.
— Lindy’s picks the Seahawks, 23-20.
And one more note on how challenging it may be for the Seahawks to run on Sunday, a battle that figures to go a long way toward determining the game:
Since Todd Bowles took over last season, the Cardinals have allowed 82.9 rushing yds per game, fewest in the NFL.
— Pete Damilatis (@PFF_Pete) November 21, 2014