Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that offensive tackle Russell Okung was not at full speed when trainers worked him out before the Dallas game, so the team decided to sit him.
“He tried really hard to get back the last couple days,” Carroll said. “He did the work on the field, and was at practice and practicing. But we needed to see if he could take it another step on that day, and get a little better. But he wasn’t good enough to be able to protect himself and play at a high level.”
Carroll went on to say that Okung was close enough on Sunday that he should play against Green Bay on Monday night.
“He should be able to make it – particularly with the next couple days the we can rest him,” Carroll said. “So he won’t have to practice until Thursday. So that will give him a good break.”
The team will take today and Tuesday off, and won’t have their first regular practice until Thursday.
Carroll said that cornerback Byron Maxwell has a first degree hamstring strain that needs further evaluation.
And tight end Zach Miller did not play much in the second half because of a sore foot that kept him out of practice most of last week. Carroll said Miller will get more time to rest the foot this week, and the team will see where he’s at on Thursday.
Carroll said that offensive lineman John Moffitt got banged up in the game, which is why J.R. Sweezy got some time at right guard. Moving forward, the two will continue to compete for snaps with the starters.
“The competition is definitely on there,” Carroll said. “John did all right. And J.R. did pretty well, too. Neither one of them had any glaring mistakes that hurt their cause. Both could play better, but they did a nice job.”
Carroll said offensive guard James Carpenter will get a full workload for the first time this week, but probably still is a few weeks away from playing in a game. Carpenter continues to work at left guard.
“He’s way ahead of schedule,” Carroll said about Carpenter, who had ACL knee surgery in December. “We’re thrilled with what he’s doing – and the fact he’s out competing and taking pass rushes and all of that stuff full-go in practice.”
Carroll also said after taking another look at Golden Tate’s hit on Dallas linebacker Sean Lee that he still believes it’s a legal it.
“I don’t think he could’ve done it any cleaner,” Carroll said. “He was very, very physical. But he didn’t hit the guy in the head. And he didn’t hit him with his helmet, and he tried to not do that. So that’s the idea. And I love that the guy jumped up and everything was okay.”
However, Carroll also understands folks from Dallas want the league to take a closer look at the play.
“I understand there are some people that are kind of staging a case on this,” Carroll said. “And if it leads to the league’s observation on this, we’ll be anxious to see how that goes.”