Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave the usual Friday injury updates when he met the media today, his last meeting with the media prior to Sunday’s game against Arizona.
But the most interesting comment came at the end when Carroll was asked about comments he made on Thursday to USA Today regarding Marshawn Lynch’s future. Carroll told USA Today that the team “would love” to have Lynch back in 2015, for the final year of his contract (here’s a blog post on that which also includes background on the Lynch situation).
Carroll reiterated that statement Friday, and did so rather vehemently.
“If you guys ever would has asked me, which you didn’t, if you ever would have asked me, I would have said we want him around here for as long as he can play,” Carroll said. “And there’s never been any hesitation. There’s never been another thought about that. That (speculation) came from somewhere else. He’s under contract and we would be thrilled to have him playing for us next year. So we will do everything we can to get that done.”
So that’s not quite 100 percent committing to saying Lynch will be a Seahawk in 2015. But it is sending a strong signal that Carroll wants to kill this as an issue through the rest of the 2014 season.
Carroll also confirmed a USA Today report that the NFL said pass interference should have been called on a fourth-down pass to Doug Baldwin against Kansas City. Carroll said the ruling came back as part of the routine of every NFL team to send to the league calls they want some clarification about.
Asked what the Seahawks gain from hearing that news from the NFL, Carroll said: “There’s no value in it at all except they don’t get them all right and hopefully they will and hopefully they do a great job this week because every play is going to count.”
As for injuries, here are the updates:
— As for Lynch’s health, Carroll said “he did fine today and he’s ready to go.” Carroll said they “adjusting the days as we need to” to give Lynch the rest he needs to get ready each week but that he is “ready to go” this week.
— Bobby Wagner “is going to play,” Carroll said, but hinted that he may not go the entire game and could be on a snap count.
— Carroll said S Kam Chancellor is “the best that he’s been” all season. “He’s quick, he’s determined, he;s really on it, he didn’t miss a snap. This is the best week of preparation coming off of a game that he’s had, so it’s a really good sign.”
— Carroll said both centers, Patrick Lewis and Lemuel Jeanpierre, are “ready to play” but said everyone will “have to wait to find out” who starts. Hints seem to point to Lewis, however. Jeanpierre practiced at both guard and center this week, Carroll said.
— Carroll said Jeanpierre “came back really sharp” and that it was “surprising he was able to retain so much” and that he is ”ready to go.”
— Carroll said OL James Carpenter was “more limited” on Friday than he had been earlier in the week and that he was held out of practice today and will be a “game time” decision. If he can’t play, then Alvin Bailey will again start.
— Carroll said CB Marcus Burley is again out as is linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis. Pierre-Louis hurt a shoulder in the Kansas City game, Carroll said.
— Carroll said MLB Brock Coyle “had a great week, took every snap” and is ready to play Sunday after missing last week with a gluteus injury.
— And DL Demarcus Dobbs “is hobbled right now” and will be doubtful.
UPDATE — Just to reiterated, Seattle’s official injury report showed Max Unger, Burley and Pierre-Louis as out. Carpenter was questionable. Everyone else was probable or better.
Here’s some video of Carroll: