Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst took all the pass plays in practice Friday as starter Tarvaris Jackson rested his injured pectoral muscle. It follows the pattern of work Jackson has undergone since coming back from the injury sustained in the NY Giants win.
“Tarvaris did very well in practice yesterday and couldn’t throw today,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He did a little bit of work, today … the way we’ve been staging it, we go all the way to game day and have him throw and he should be able to do it by what we’ve seen the last few weeks. We kinda think we have a feel for it, but he’s not comfortable today.”
As was the case last week, “he can throw one day and then he’s got to rest a few days before he can come back and throw again,” Carroll said.
The effects? “He misses the opportunity for the installation at the end of the week,” Carroll said. “He has to kind of think through the routes and read through them standing behind the quarterback. It’s just not the same but we still feel confident in his factor helping us win. He looked really good a day ago, so that’s how we’ll go. It’s not the way you’d design it at all; he needs the work and it’s going to accumulate somewhere but hopefully we’ll be able to play through that.”
Carroll said he felt the team had a good week of practice despite the natural concerns over the knee injury that caused right tackle James Carpenter to be lost for the season. Carroll said that both Carpenter and right guard John Moffitt will have their knee surgeries on the same day next week. He joked (presumably) that the two would be in the same room for “simultaneous surgeries,” with Moffitt on the left and Carpenter on the right, as they would be on the field.
The good news for the Hawks, though, is the guys who suffered concussions recently: Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Kam Chancellor and Dave Vobora are all available to play Sunday at St. Louis. The two players with hamstring issues, Atari Bigby and Anthony Hargrove, will be monitored until game time.
Carroll said that the injuries to Carpenter and Moffitt will not cause them to change their offensive scheme, as replacements Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan have both started this season and are up to speed on their assignments. “Whenever somebody gets hurt, the heart gets crushed a little for the guys, but the other side of it is the opportunity. These guys come to play here; they’re going to jump at the opportunity and go for it.”