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November 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Carroll: Seahawks expect Lynch to play vs. 49ers WITH VIDEO

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll spoke with the media on Monday. First, before we get to some of the highlights, Carroll said he expects Marshawn Lynch to be able to play Thursday against the 49ers. Lynch has been dealing with nagging injuries for most of the season, and he had to sit out a few series on Sunday because of an upset stomach. Lynch has been dealing with back issues for a number of weeks now, but Carroll reiterated that Lynch’s injuries this season aren’t that different from the bumps-and-bruises that he has had to deal with throughout this time in Seattle. In other words, Lynch almost always plays banged up and knows how to get his body ready during the week for games.

Is Marshawn Lynch’s injury status any more of a concern? “No. We’re just going to go through the process and see how he does and see if he’s OK. That’s how we do it. We take good care of it, and he’s real smart of how he handles it. We expect that he’ll be ready to go. We know he won’t want to miss this thing.”

How close was James Carpenter to being able to play? “As close as you can get. We labored over being able to go with or not. I don’t know if you saw us out there working him out. He was really politicking to get out there and play. But we just thought if he did, with a short week coming up, we probably wouldn’t be able to get him to respond…We decided to hold him out and give him the best chance to be ready for this game and the ones after that.”

Cooper Helfet’s injury status? “He’s the one guy who came out banged up. He sprained his ankle. Coop’s handled stuff really well. We’ll see what that means. But right now, he wont’ be able to run around until the end of the week. We’ll see what happens.”

On Marcus Burley’s and Kevin Pierre-Louis’ injury status? “Marcus has a chance to get back. Kevin doesn’t look like that. He’s banged up pretty good. We’ll take a good look at him here. He won’t be able to make it for this week. More news to come.”

Is Injured Reserve, which would end Pierre-Louis’ season, a possibility? “I don’t know yet. Working on it.”

On pass protection problems? “Oh gosh, this was different. This was a different game. We got sacked seven times, we had all kinds of problems. We got beat one-on-one, we had some scheme issues, we held the ball too long. To have that kind of onslaught, it took a lot of different stuff.”

Does Patrick Lewis have the same responsibilities as Max Unger, who didn’t play vs. the Cardinals? “It’s the same job. He’s in the middle, and he has to make his calls and all. The guys work together a little bit more so. They help each other a little bit more because it’s necessary. When Max is in there, he has total command. Patrick is still working at it. He did a nice job. He played through it and got through this game, blocked well. By no means did he take responsibility for this one.”

Does Patrick Lewis stay the starter at center? “We’ll find out. We’ll let these guys battle again this week. (Lemuel Jeanpierre) will be a week older with us, so we’ll see how it goes.”

On the team meetings that changed the attitude: “The kind of play yesterday was really a team effort of guys totally giving themselves to one another and they played for each other. And it showed up. It was something that is most powerful in a team setting. Everybody felt it yesterday. That’s just a step. We have to get back to business this week.”

Here’s some video of Carroll:

Video: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talks to the media Monday.

 

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