Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talked to reporters for about a half hour this afternoon before practice.
He gave us a quick update on the injuries the team will be dealing with this week.
Carroll said Marcus Trufant (ankle), Mike Williams (shoulder), Brandon Mebane (calf) and Aaron Curry (hamstring) will not practice today, but as he stated on Monday, none have been ruled out for Sunday.
“We’re going to go like other guys are going to play for them until we can see them,” Carroll said. “But they’re talking like they’re going to make it. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Right now, Walter Thurmond would be the likely replacement for Trufant, while Will Herring would sub in for Curry and Junior Siavii or Kentwan Balmer would replace Mebane.
And as planned, both rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung and veteran Chester Pitts will practice today, so it will be interesting to see how both look this afternoon.
Carroll also had a lot of good things to say about St. Louis rookie quarterback Sam Bradford and the way he’s played so far this season, noting his ability to not only throw from the pocket but on the run as well
“He’s rolled right and left,” Carroll said. “He’s thrown the ball down the sideline. He’s thrown all the throwback stuff. He’s really done all of that already. So there’s nothing he can’t do. So they’ve got to be as pleased as the can be about that.”
After he finished gushing about Bradford, Carroll did say that his defense has to try and find a way to get pressure in the rookie quarterback’s face. That could be a tough task because like Denver’s Kyle Orton, Bradford and the Rams’ offense like to get the ball out quick.
“We certainly want to make it hard on the quarterback always,” Carroll said. “Of course he’s still new. But he doesn’t look it. He looks like he’s been around the block. But we’ll do our stuff. We’ll try to make it hard on him.”
On picking up veteran receiver Brandon Stokley, Carroll said that general manager John Schneider and the rest of the team’s personnel staff had their eye on the 34-year-old and were waiting for him to recover from a groin injury he suffered while with the Broncos.
Carroll said they do know what type of role Stokley will play for the team, but they will try to get him going early, and he could play on Sunday.
“He’s a gifted route runner,” Carroll said. “He’s a third-down specialist. And he knows the system. He can go out and play the system right now.”
Carroll also said that the addition of Stokley was not a reflection of Williams’ injury status. Williams took place in the team’s walk-through practice this morning and is on track to play on Sunday. However, Carroll said he will be held out of the contact portions of practice this week.