Pete Carroll would not yet rule out left tackle Russell Okung pending results of tests this afternoon, but said “he does have extensive damage to his pec.” He said the actions by Eagle end Trent Cole on the play were blatant and it was “unfortunate because (Okung) was damaged by it.” No penalty was called, but Carroll said he expected the league to take action after the films are viewed.
Paul McQuistan would be the next man to step in at left tackle, with Lemuel Jeanpierre likely to step in at right guard, although Carroll did not want to speculate yet.
Carroll was still delighted by the win over Philadelphia as it featured a strong running attack, effective quarterbacking by Tarvaris Jackson and a turnover-creating defense. “This is what we’ve talked about since the day I got here.”
The continued fine production by back Marshawn Lynch has led to speculation about his contract status, as his deal for 2012 has been voided by playing time clauses. “He’s a very important player,” Carroll said. He expanded, saying they have the nucleus of the team they want to “grow with.” Lynch, Red Bryant and “a couple other guys” are keys to the future of the franchise, he said. Recognizing that, there are “on-going talks.”
Carroll cited Jackson’s effectiveness, completing 13 of 16 with a career-high rating of 137.0.
Other than Okung, the Hawks are reasonably healthy, he said. He’s giving the team a nice break, as they don’t have to practice until Tuesday. They will then have Wednesday off, and then prepare for the game Monday at home against St. Louis.