The Seahawks placed linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis on Injured Reserve last week, ending his season, and in his place signed former Colts cornerback Louchez Purifoy. But Purifoy’s signing was pending a physical, and coach Pete Carroll revealed on Monday that Purifoy failed his physical, meaning he won’t play for the Seahawks.
Pierre-Louis tweeted on Monday that he will have surgery on his labrum on Tuesday. Carroll said that roster spot is still open, but he wouldn’t say how the Seahawks might go about filling the empty spot.
Here are some other notes from Carroll’s Monday press conference:
- Carroll said cornerback Jeremy Lane (glute) “just didn’t quite get back. He was close during the week, but the short week didn’t help him.” Lane should be able to play this week, Carroll said.
- Tight end Cooper Helfet (ankle) is still “day to day”, Carroll said. Helfet won’t practice on Tuesday, and Carroll said the team won’t know if he’s ready to play until the end of the week.
- Center Max Unger (knee/ankle) likely won’t practice this week, Carroll said. Carroll said the feeling is Unger should be able to practice next week “unless maybe we can get a surprise here in the next couple days.” He said Unger is “still a little gimpy but getting better.”
- When asked how Carroll would feel if owner Paul Allen tweeted out after a loss that the loss was unacceptable, he smiled and said, “Our owner would never do that.” That question was in regards to a tweet sent out by 49ers owner Jed York after Thursday’s loss to the Seahawks in which York apologized to fans and called the loss “unacceptable.”
- When asked about dealing with ownership and management and if this was how he envisioned it when he signed on with the Seahawks, Carroll said, “It really has turned out even better than I could have imagined. I had really hoped that freedom would be here, and the freedom is here for me and to do what I want to do and to get things done in the fashion I think best. That’s been totally supportive. I didn’t know John (Schneider) at all, so I’ve just come to love the guy for all that he brings: his work ethic, his expertise, his vision and creativity. That’s worked out great…We had to develop the relationship with Paul, and John has done a great deal with that on communicating with Paul on a regular basis. I see him once a week during the season, but that’s about all. It’s worked out beautifully, and it just could not have been better. And I think it transcends. This is good place to be and it’s a good place to work and everybody can feel that. We’ve maintained an atmosphere of upbeat and positive and a lot of energy.”
- Carroll was also asked about the much-talked-about TV segment that showed Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson seated at a table, eating turkey on the 49ers logo at midfield. Carroll’s response: “If they (NBC) would have asked and I wanted to state my opinion, I would have thought, yeah, they could do that somewhere else. That would have been good. But that’s up to the networks and all that. We don’t care. It meant nothing at all. It was nothing. It gave some people something to talk about, but it was nothing. Our guys didn’t care at all, from what I understood it.”
Here’s some video of Carroll: