Lots of stuff to report from the Seattle Seahawks locker room this afternoon before practice.
Pete Carroll announced that defensive end Red Bryant will not practice again today, revealing that the Texas A&M product has plantar fasciitis, and the condition has worsened.
Bryant missed an occasional practice to rest his foot the past, few weeks, but now could possibly take the entire week off. Carroll said Bryant’s availability for Sunday is in question.
“He’s had it for a long time, but it’s kind of flared up here in the last, couple week,” Carroll said. “And it’s affected him enough that we have to slow him down here at practice.”
If Bryant can’t go, Alan Branch would move to defensive end, and Greg Scruggs would replace Branch at defensive tackle.
Safety Earl Thomas confirmed that he has been fined $15,000 for his roughing the passer penalty on Ryan Tannehill that gave the Miami Dolphins the opportunity to score the go-ahead touchdown against Seattle.
“That’s just the NFL – that’s all I have to say about it,” Thomas said.
Thomas said he’ll attempt to appeal his fine.
Asked if he would do the same thing if he’s in a similar position chasing down Chicago’s Jay Cutler on Sunday, Thomas didn’t hesitate.
“I’m going to do what I have to do, Thomas said. “I’ll do the same thing.”
Carroll said that offensive guard James Carpenter (right leg) will practice today, but he’ll have some competition for the starting job this week with John Moffitt.
“This is an important day for him, to come off a game and get back to hitting, and all of the things he gets to do,” Carroll said. “And for John Moffitt, too – both of those guys are going to be battling this week. They’re competing.”
Carroll also said that linebacker Leroy Hill’s ankle is still bothering him, and he will not practice today. So that means Malcolm Smith will run at weak-side, outside linebacker with the first unit.
We were told before the locker room was open to reporters that Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner would not comment specifically on the duo’s possible four-game suspension for allegedly taking a stimulant that violates the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Fullback Michael Robinson, the team’s representative for the NFL Players Union, took issue with the information on his teammates’ possible suspension being leaked to the media.
“I don’t think it’s fair because all that stuff is supposed to be confidential,” Robinson said. “I don’t think it’s right to the player because now, whether they used it or not, people are going to have that thought in the back of their head.”
Robinson said he’s had conversations with the NFLPA on the issue.
“We’ve talked to them, and we’re trying to deal with the issue so those guys have some support, and the truth comes out,” Robinson said. “So we’ll see.”
However, that did not stop some from throwing out a few questions to try and touch on the issue.
Sherman said there’s “nothing different” in terms of his approach this week, and that “it’s not tough at all” to focus on Sunday’s game with all of the attention surrounding the report.
Like a modern-day Shaft, Marshawn Lynch had his own theme music playing in the locker room today, which you can listen to here.
“Man, that’s terrible,” commented linebacker Mike Morgan as he walked by a pair of reporters standing near Lynch’s locker.