Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that John Moffitt will start at right guard against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday as long as he makes it through this week’s practice okay.
Moffitt was not active for last week’s game against Arizona, as he returns from elbow surgery. Instead, Carroll went with seventh round draft choice J.R. Sweezy, who struggled to keep up with one of the best defensive lineman in the league in Darnell Dockett.
“John Moffitt is back and ready to go,” Carroll said. “We’re going to play him this week. He’s going to start at right guard for us. It’s good to have him back in. He was almost there last week. And if he makes it through the week solid and healthy, then we’ll get a chance to see John come back for us, which would be great.”
Moffitt said the main issue getting ready for Sunday is getting his timing back. Moffitt said playing against Oakland in the final preseason game helped in that regard.
“I think just getting back to game speed,” Moffitt said. “I think that will be it, and I don’t think it will be a long adjustment. I think I’ll get back out there and knock the rust off and be fine. But it always is a little bit faster than preseason. So I think just getting used to that, and getting used to the flow of the game.”
Carroll said receiver Golden Tate will practice in a limited capacity today. Tate did not play in Seattle’s season opener because of a sprained knee.
“He’s had a good recovery,” Carroll said. “He’s got to make it through the week and show us he can do all the things he needs to do. But he’s encouraged, and feels really good. He had a great workout yesterday, so he’ll get some limited work today, then step it up tomorrow.”
However, offensive tackle Russell Okung will not practice today, as he attempts to play through a bone bruise that he suffered on his left knee in the final series against the Cardinals last week.
Carroll said the expectation still is for Okung to play, but that his team feels comfortable with backup Frank Omiyale if Okung can’t go.
Carroll said the Charly Martin, who suffered a bruised lung while diving for a ball in the end zone on the final series, is back in town after spending a few days in Arizona for further evaluation.
Carroll said the expectation still if for Martin to take a week or so to get back on the field