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Jackson doubtful, but not ruled out for Sunday

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm with 11 Comments »
October 21, 2011 9:10 pm

If you’re looking for a definitive answer on whether Tarvaris Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst will be the Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback this week, you’ll have to wait until Sunday.

Jackson was a limited participant in practice for the third straight day, and will be listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report. And Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said he will take the decision up until game time.

“We prepared all week long to get Charlie ready to start, and that’s what we’re thinking right now,” Carroll said. “But we’re going to still see what Tarvaris does in the next, couple days. He threw well yesterday, and he feels okay. So we’ll go all the way up to game time to see where he is. But we’ve prepared Charlie, and we’re ready to do that.”

Center Max Unger did not practice on Friday because of a foot issue and is listed as doubtful. Lemuel Jeanpierre has been working all week with the first unit and will start on Sunday if Unger does not come around in the next, two days.

“He’s got a sore foot, but he can move it,” Carroll said about Unger. “So he’s just listed as doubtful right now.”

Tight end Zach Miller is out for Sunday because he has not passed the concussion tests, which means Anthony McCoy will get his first start of the year. The Seahawks also will have to make a roster move on Sunday to add depth to that position, with only one healthy tight end on the active roster.

So either John Nalbone will be elevated from the practice squad, of Cameron Morrah will be activated off the PUP list.

Carroll also said there’s a chance that Deon Butler and Roy Lewis could be activated off the PUP list, and the expanded options are a good thing for his team coming off the bye week.

“There’s actually a lot of things we can do right now,” Carroll said. “We have to feel it out, and we’re going to use every minute that we can and assess it. But we’re better off than we’ve been. And we have more choices than we’ve had with guys coming back.”

Carroll also praised the play of Robert Gallery coming back from a groin injury this week, and said he will play on Sunday.

Gallery is listed as probable, along with running back Marshawn Lynch (ankle), linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and receiver Mike Williams (head).

And the Seahawks made another roster move, bringing back Allen Bradford as a linebacker on the practice squad, and letting go of Vai Taua. Bradford was signed to the active roster earlier this week as a running back, but Carroll believe he’ll be a better fit at linebacker.

“When we recruited him way back then he played everything, and he was a great defensive player,” Carroll said about Bradford, who played for him at USC. “And so we’re going to give him a look at that while he’s on the practice squad and see what happens, knowing that he can run the football. And he’ll run the football every day for us.”

Notes from practice
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  1. Why not just let Tarvaris sit and heal that pec completely? Is this a coach trying to keep his opponent from game planning for only one QB? Or is it a coach who doesn’t have faith in Whitehurst?

  2. SandpointHawk says:

    Zack is out with a concussion issues? After two weeks, neck yes; concussion???

  3. Dude, Pete Carol pisses me off with his vague comments. He always seems to be trying to hide things or beat around the bush. He needs to be more like Sarc when talkin’ to the media and just be open and staight forward, it is what it is always/maybe.

  4. MadSweeney42 says:

    Carroll sure doesn’t seem to like Whitehurst. Many of his comments, both after the game and during the week, seem disparaging of Clipboard Jesus.

    What’s the deal with the PUP players? I thought they had to be activated after week 6.

  5. chuck_easton says:

    PUP players are allowed to practice with the team after week 6. The team then has until week 9 to either activate them, IR them or let them go

  6. A running back / linebacker? They should try him at FB too!

  7. “Many of his comments, both after the game and during the week, seem disparaging of Clipboard Jesus.”

    Like what?

  8. I have not heard Carroll disparage Whitehurst. Its just clear that he thinks Jackson gives the team a better chance of winning.

    Carroll on Whitehurst after the NYG game:
    “I don’t think Charlie did anything phenomenal today,” Carroll said. “I thought he did what he does. He’s a good football player. And he knows our system and he handled himself well. He did a beautiful job of getting rid of the football and not taking sacks when he could avoid it. And he made a couple great throws.”

    and on Jackson:
    “There’s been a lot of people that have talked about Tarvaris and had a lot of opinions about him, but this guy’s a baller,” Carroll said. “He’s a football player. He’s tough as can be, and he can make plays and make things happen.” He said there is no controversy between Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst for the starting quarterback situation. “In the event he can’t play, Charlie’s ready to go.”

  9. Coolalvin says:

    I think we beat the Browns anyways.

  10. SandpointHawk says:

    To all the posters who said Pete would start Charlie after the bye week, looks like you may have gotten that one right (kinda)…..

  11. Write up as many words as one likes. What it boils down to is how well Charlie plays given this starting opportunity. Jackson has look better each week but a great performance by Whitehurst could easily win him the position. But enough talk. The final decision will be made on the field Sunday.

    Nate, go _____ yerself p-brain

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