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December 23, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Seahawks injury updates and Carroll video

Seattle left tackle Russell Okung expected to go through the team’s practice this afternoon with the hope of returning Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

Okung missed last week’s game after suffering a bruised lung the previous week against the 49ers.

Okung didn’t want to talk specifically about the injury but said “it’s a tough deal and I’m glad I’ve got a chance to get back.”

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said of Okung that “he’s got a real chance to get back” against the Rams.

The news isn’t quite as good about center Max Unger, as Carroll said he is “trying to get back” but likely “won’t do much today. Maybe can do more tomorrow.” Patrick Lewis started at center last week for Lemuel Jeanpierre, who had started the previous three games. Carroll said it’s too early to say who will start at center if Unger cannot go.

Carroll also didn’t sound optimistic that WR Jermaine Kearse will make it back this week, saying that he suffered a “first-degree” injury of his hamstring and that it will “be hard to get back in seven days.”

But the news is better about some other injured players. Specifically:

— CB Tharold Simon may be able to play this week after suffering a shoulder injury near the end of the Arizona game. Said Carroll “He felt petty good today. He’ll get some work tomorrow and see how far he can take it. Be an amazing recovery if he’s able to do it.”

— DE Demarcus Dobbs (ankle) is “getting closer” to returning with Carroll saying they will “take a look at him tomorrow.”

—WR Chris Matthews (hamstring) will do some work on Wednesday so “see where he is,” Carroll said.

— As for Marshawn Lynch, Carroll said he has been sick prior to games “a couple of times” the season, saying there are times when “he just can’t get right at the start of the game.” Carroll refereed to Lynch having “a little ritual” that he has to go through pre-games to get ready but that it’s hard to perfectly time it. “Kind of happens when it happens,” Carroll said.

— Carroll also said he has no concerns about PK Steven Hauschka, who missed three field goals on Sunday, calling it “as big a fluke as we could imagine” that he would miss three kicks in one game.

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

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talks to the media Tuesday.

 

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