The Seahawks have only three healthy receivers heading into this week’s game against Minnesota, so head coach Pete Carroll said he will consider making moves to beef up the team’s depth at the position, including the possibility of activating University of Washington product Jermaine Kearse from the practice squad.
Currently, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Charly Martin are the only healthy receivers on the roster.
“We have to consider our situation because there’s a little uncertainty there,” Carroll said.
Carroll said Doug Baldwin is a long shot to play this week. Baldwin missed the Detroit game with a high-ankle sprain.
“He did run last week,” Carroll said about Baldwin. “He ran at the end of the week. We’ll just see if he can tolerate it.”
Carroll also said that Ben Obomanu is seeing a specialist for his sprained wrist, and Braylon Edwards is having his swollen knee examined further.
“The initial look at it is he doesn’t have any damage to his knee,” Carroll said about Edwards. “He has a knee that’s worn on. And so it responded for whatever reason to this trip, and we’ll see what that means.”
Carroll said the team will give Edwards a few days to quiet his knee down, and see how he is at the end of the week, with the hope he can play against Minnesota on Sunday.
Carroll said the team has not made a decision on whether or not cornerback Walter Thurmond will be activated from the PUP list this week.
And offensive lineman John Moffitt (knee) is expected to play this week, after missing his fifth straight game against the Lions.
Fullback Michael Robinson also is seeing a specialist for his wrist injury, according to Carroll.
Carroll said Tate’s tweaked ankle is fine, and that the team will wait and see how Jason Jones’ ankle is this week.
Carroll addressed his defense’s struggles on third down, saying the reason for the high success rate by opposing teams is a mixture of inexperience and more need for a pass rush.
“It’s just being comfortable with the situation,” Carroll said. “And doing the same thing right again and again, and not changing a little bit. Maybe we try a little too much, or we try a little too hard to make a play or something. Those things you can wash out with experience sometimes. And sometimes guys are just trying to make things happen, and they make mistakes.
“But I think we’ve tried a little bit too hard to be perfect, or to catch a tendency or something like that, and then we miss our drops. … I know we can get a lot better, I just hope we can do it right away. We need to get this done soon.”
Carroll also talked about his curious decision to challenge Titus Young’s 9-yard reception on 3rd and 8 from Seattle’s 45-yard line in the third quarter.
Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner was called for defensive holding on the play. So even if the catch was overturned, the Lions still would have picked up a first down, and Seattle would have gained just 4 yards of field position on the play.
Carroll chalked it up as another situation where he had “a flash of hormonal upsurge,” similar to the Cincinnati game a year ago when he decided to go for it on fourth down near the goal line with no timeouts late in the first half against the Bengals.
On 4th-and-2 from the Bengals’ three-yard line with 14 seconds left in the first half, Marshawn Lynch ran the ball, but failed to pick up a first down.
So with the Seahawks out of timeouts Seattle failed to get lined up in time to get to the line of scrimmage and spike the ball to stop the clock.
Carroll said guy up in the coaches’ press box told him through the head phones that it was not a catch, and he was struggling to get the red challenge flag out of his pocket. But just as he threw it, Carroll said he realized what he had done.
“As soon as I got it out I went, ‘Oh my goodness, what happened?’” Carroll said. “It just was a flash of hormonal upsurge, a competitive moment that I really regret. So, it happens sometimes.”