Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the team is preparing as if Sam Bradford will play on Monday.
“We’re preparing for Bradford to play,” Carroll said. “It sounds like they’re resting this week, like we’ve done with guys, too. We’ve been doing this all year. He’s a fantastic player, and if they can get him ready to go, I’m sure they will. We wouldn’t know what they would do otherwise, so we’re just going to go ahead and go with it, with that thought and anticipate that he’s going.”
And although Seattle handily defeated St. Louis 24-7 three weeks ago, Carroll said his team is focused on Monday’s matchup.
“When you play somebody once and then you come back and play them again, it really has no bearing on what the next game is all about,” Carroll said. “It’s just a brand new opportunity, a new time. And what happened before doesn’t mean anything to us.”
Tarvaris Jackson is expected to practice today. Carroll said Jackson continues to improve, and he’s hopeful his starting quarterback will practice fully every day this week. However, the team will continue to monitor Jackson’s progress with his torn pectoral injury daily.
Some others are not so lucky, however. Defensive end Raheem Brock has a calf strain and will be held out. And cornerback Byron Maxwell still is recovering from pneumonia and likely will not practice today.
Carroll had this to say about Philadelphia defensive end Trent Cole being fined $7,500 for his cheap shot on Seattle offensive tackle Russell Okung that put him out with a torn pectoral injury for the rest of the season.
“I did talk to the league about it,” Carroll said. “And I thought it was worth talking about. The way it’s structured right now as I understand it, they have some restrictions with how they deal with things, and they can’t deal with a violation in terms of the impact that it has on the other player. That’s not a factor for them.
“So we talked about that. And moving forward how maybe there is room to have a discussion about stuff that is out and beyond that actual field of play clock, when the play is dead and things that happen after are in a nature that hurt guys, or that is illegal, that maybe we look at that differently.”