Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters today after practice that outside linebacker K.J. Wright and offensive lineman James Carpenter will not play on Sunday against the New York Jets.
Wright suffered a concussion on the opening play of the game last week against Minnesota, and Carpenter did not play against the Vikings because of concussion-like symptoms he experienced leading up to the Minnesota game.
“Both of those guys need a little bit more time,” Carroll said. “So with the (bye) week coming up, we’ll take great care of them, and get them in after the bye, and we’ll be ready to go.”
With Wright out, Mike Morgan will get his first career start at outside linebacker. And John Moffitt will start for the second straight week at left guard.
“Mike is a core special teams guy, and he’s got a lot of special teams duties,” Carroll said. “So having the chance to focus not just on that, but playing down after down, is really important. He had a very good week. He knows our system really well, and he’ll be a good factor for us.”
Rookie defensive tackle Greg Scruggs also missed his second straight practice with an oblique injury, and will a game-time decision.
Several other players returned to practice on Friday, including running back Marshawn Lynch (wrist/back), cornerback Richard Sherman (illness), safety Kam Chancellor (quad) and defensive linemen Red Bryant (foot) and Clinton McDonald (groin).
Carroll indicated that those five players are on schedule to play on Sunday, along with defensive tackle Jason Jones (ankle) and receiver Braylon Edwards (knee), who both missed the past, two games with injuries.
Carroll said that although Walter Thurmond is now on the active roster, he will still be a game-time decision on whether or not he’s active for Sunday’s game.
“He’s practicing full-go,” Carroll said. “And he’s done a really good job to get there. He’s on the roster officially now. It’s a game-time decision on whether he’s up or not, but he is a ready. He can play now.”
Carroll also said that his defense is prepared for anything the Jets will throw at them offensively, including a heavy dose of quarterback Tim Tebow, even though he’s only played in 55 plays in eight games.
“We have to expect that they are going to do more, just so we’re prepared and ready,” Carroll said. “It doesn’t mean that they will. They have a commitment in the way they are doing things.
“They have a variety of things that they do, and so we’ve worked hard to be ready for all of that. And we don’t know, that’s why they call it defense. You’ve got to get out there and wait to see what they put at you. I wouldn’t be surprised if they used him more.”