Pete Carroll started the press conference with a big announcement – the Seattle Seahawks will wear the Wolf Grey pants on Friday on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday.
Seattle wore blue pants with the road white jerseys against Denver last week.
“I thought you guys would really want to know that,” joked Carroll. “And you heard it here first.”
But seriously, the big news of the day was Carroll announcing that receiver Sidney Rice will play on Friday against Kansas City for the first time in exhibition play.
“We’re anxious to see him get out there,” Carroll said about Rice. “He’s had a fantastic process getting back. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. He’s practicing really, really well. And so we’ll get him a little bit of play time just to break the ice on that one.”
Also, according to Carroll, tight end Zach Miller has recovered from a concussion he suffered two weeks ago against Tennessee, and will play on Friday.
Carroll said the biggest story in camp so far has been the ascension up the depth chart of seventh round draft choice J.R. Sweezy, who will get his second start at right guard against Kansas City.
“It’s really surprising that a guy can compete like he’s competing,” Carroll said. “He had a very good game in the second game. And so that may be week to week. So we’re anxious to see J.R. play again with the first group.”
Quarterback Matt Flynn took limited reps in practice today. Carroll said that they just wanted to rest Flynn’s arm heading into this weekend.
“We just wanted to keep him out for one day of throwing before the weekend, so we did that,” Carroll said.
So will Flynn’s tired arm affect his ability to play on Friday?
“No, not at this point at all,” Carroll said.
* Offensive lineman Edawn Coughman moved over to the defensive side of the ball and worked with the defensive lineman today.
“I saw him in a little drill over here helping the offensive guys and he showed a little quickness,” Carroll said. “So I thought we’d give him a look today. So we put him on film rushing the passer. He played a little bit in his history. He has very good quickness. And he’s done a really nice job growing on offense. But I’m not ready to tell you he’s a two-way performer yet.”
* Defensive back Roy Lewis has a knee issue and was not at practice today. Carroll said that Lewis will need surgery to repair the issue, and that it’s a different issue than the knee injury that forced the University of Washington product to being 2011 on the PUP list.
* Carroll said the offensive lineman John Moffitt (elbow) should be out next week ready to practice again.
* Carroll gave us a little more information on Doug Baldwin’s procedure on his hamstring. “They just extracted a little blood out of the hamstring,” Carroll said. “There was a little pocket of stuff. It wasn’t a surgery at all. … They just took some fluid out of his hamstring. And he got immediate relief.”
Carroll said that Baldwin feels much better, and the team is going to wait until next week to get him back on the field.
* Carroll said that undrafted rookie free agent defensive end Cordarro Law is a player that continues to make flash plays during camp. The coaching staff also has tried Law at middle linebacker because of the lack of depth at that position.
“He’s a real active football player,” Carroll said. “He was the second most active guy in camp when we score that. He’s a good football player. … We’re just trying to experiment to see where his range of abilities are.”