Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll did not rule out the possibility of cornerback Walter Thurmond being activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list for this Thursday’s game at San Francisco.
Thurmond started the regular season on the PUP list do to rehab for a broken leg that cut short his 2011 season.
But the University of Oregon product is eligible to come off the PUP list and be added to the active roster after sitting out the first weeks of the season. Seattle has three weeks to decide when they want to add Thurmond to the roster.
Carroll said that everyone on the roster has chance to play this week except for offensive lineman John Moffitt, who will miss his fourth straight game due to a knee issue.
Carroll said that Kam Chancellor’s elbow issue will not keep him out of this week’s game against the Niners.
Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (groin), rookie defensive lineman Jaye Howard (foot), cornerback Byron Maxwell (hamstring) and offensive lineman Paul McQuistan (knee) have a chance to play this week.
Carroll said the player will attend meetings and begin preparation for San Francisco today, including a short walk-through on the field.
“You don’t have a whole lot of choice physically, you just have to get there,” Carroll said. “So it is the learning and acquiring the game plan, the style of play you’re up against and all of that stuff in condensed fashion, so you don’t have as much time,” Carroll said. “So it’s really important, and we’ve talked as coaches that we have to teach really well. We have to present information really clearly, and make sense and maximize every second that we have.”
Carroll said that while both teams are at a disadvantage with the short week, both teams will benefit by having a longer time to prepare for the following game in Week 8.
Carroll also addressed the trash talking that occurred between cornerback Richard Sherman and New England quarterback Tom Brady.
And the Seattle head coach admitted that Sherman could be considered cocky, but he likes that confident trait in the players that he brings into his team, and believes the chip on their shoulders helps them compete hard each and every week.
“I think in general, we don’t really represent an attitude that’s going after players of note, or on any level of their play,” Carroll said. “But Tom talks, too. And other guys, too. And there’s a lot of conversations going on. Usually it stays on the field. And this one didn’t, and so it drew some attention.”