The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions
John Boyle |
Published: Monday, September 1, 2014, 3:07 p.m.

Seahawks injury updates and other notes from Pete Carroll's Monday press conference

Pete Carroll had his first press conference of the week as his team prepares for a season opener against Green Bay.

“It’s everything you can ask for on opening night,” Carroll said of the primetime matchup between two of the NFL’s top teams.

Two players recovering from surgeries Bruce Irvin (hip) and Kevin Norwood (foot) are both practicing this week, and Carroll said he’s “hopeful they have a chance” to play Thursday. However considering both are in their first week back, my hunch would be that neither plays this week and that they’re working their way back for Week 2 or 3.

DE Cassius Marsh, who left Thursday’s preseason finale with a hip flexor injury, is back to practicing and good to go, Carroll said, while the news isn’t as good for fellow rookie Kevin Pierre-Louis, who injury his hamstring in the game. Carroll didn’t give a timetable on Pierre-Louis, but said the linebacker pulled his hamstring, an indication he’s all but certain to be out.

RB Christine Michael, who sat out the final preseason game with a hamstring injury, is “banged up” according to Carroll and his status is up in the air.

LT Russell Okung, who played in the last two preseason games and is working his way back to full speed after offseason foot surgery, is good to go, and when Carroll was asked if they would need to occasional spell him in the game for conditioning reasons, he said, “I would think he’d be fine.”

CB Jeremy Lane (groin) is expected to practice as well, Carroll said, though he wasn't clear on what Lane's status for the game will be.

In non-injury news, Carroll said Earl Thomas will indeed be his team's punt returner, though he gave only a brief, "yes" to the question without expanding. Perhaps the return of Bryan Walters could mean Thomas isn't handling every return.

On the non-injury front, Carroll raved about two of his star players, noting that Richard Sherman has “had his best offseason work” to date, even after an offseason full of potential distractions, from a new contract to the cover of EA Sports’ Madden video game to a number of other commercials and appearances. Carroll also said he’s been very impressed with the play of quarterback Russell Wilson, who led the first-team offense to 11 scored on 13 possessions in the preseason (they punted on their first possession in the preseason opener, then had a field goal hit the upright against Chicago): “He’s in great control of what’s going on. He’s very, very comfortable, he’s playing faster than he has at any time, he understands better what we want… He’s had a near perfect preseason in preparation and the way he’s worked, and almost scored every time we had the ball.

Story tags » Seahawks

Sign up for HeraldNet headlines Newsletter
See sample | Privacy policy

Most recent Seattle Sidelines posts

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
» More sports

HeraldNet highlights

Looking for a friend?
Looking for a friend?: Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (7 new photos)
A community of kindness
A community of kindness: Seahawks home a display of affection for couple's daughter
Super snacks
Super snacks: Best finger-food recipes to make for the big game
Being there to care
Being there to care: Visits to Children's Hospital inspire Russell Wilson