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Carpenter, Trufant still on the mend

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm with 26 Comments »
December 3, 2012 4:08 pm

Pete Carroll provided some updates on injured players attempting to get back on the field this week.

He said that offensive lineman James Carpenter did something to his surgically repaired knee that will require further investigation. Carroll did not provide specifics on Carpenter’s condition, only to say that the team does not believe he suffered a major injury.

“He actually felt something different in the game,” Carroll said. “He felt a little, sharp pain in the game that didn’t go away. He’s overcome so much, and he’s done such a tremendous job to get to this point, that he’s been busting through it. But something did pop here that bothered him enough that he couldn’t finish the game.”

“Early indications are that there’s nothing major wrong,” Carroll said later during the press conference. “It’s just that it’s still uncomfortable for him.”

Carroll did say that he feels okay with John Moffitt at left guard for the foreseeable future if Carpenter can’t make it back onto the field. And rookie J.R. Sweezy also will get a chance to compete for playing time at both guard spots.

“If Carp has a problem getting back, then we’ll go back to getting Sweezy going, too,” Carroll said. “J.R.’s been banging away at it for some time now. And he’s grown tremendously through the time. So we feel fortunate that he would be available and ready to go, should we need him.”

The news does not sound good for veteran cornerback Marcus Truftant, who suffered a hamstring injury during Thursday’s practice last week. Carroll said that Trufant’s injury was significant, and he’d be surprised if the Tacoma native could make it back to the practice field by Wednesday.

“He had a pretty legit hamstring pull,” Carroll said. “And so I don’t know where he’ll be by the end of the week. But I know he’s still in rehab right now and all that kind of stuff. It’s going to be a challenge to get him back for the game. We’ll see what happens.”

The news is better for linebacker Leroy Hill. Carroll said Hill (ankle) should make it back on the field this week.

“He should have a chance to be better,” Carroll said. “He was close.”

Although Carroll would not say if Rice suffered a concussion on the final play of the game, the Seattle receiver is going through concussion protocol this week. Rice did suffer two concussions last year, which led to the team putting him on the injured reserve list in 2011.

“Probably we will determine on Wednesday where he is for Thursday’s practice,” Carroll said.

Carroll said that Red Bryant is sore today after playing with plantar faciitiis against Chicago.

“He played at right around 30 plays, which we wanted to really cut it back,” Carroll said. “He just popped out of it on game day. We thought he was going to have trouble. We didn’t think he was going to play. But he worked out very well, and he was ready to go. But it’s going to linger a little bit.”

Carroll again gushed over quarterback Russell Wilson’s calmness during high-pressure situations. He used a example from the game to show his point. On the game-winning touchdown play to Sidney Rice, everyone was trying to find out if the play was a touchdown or not, but Wilson was more concerned about Rice’s health as trainers tended to him in the end zone.

“It was a very unusual situation because everyone was on the field at the time,” Carroll said. “And I got to Russell, and all he could do was show his concern for Sidney. It wasn’t about the game, or what had just happened, or the play that was just made, or are the officials going to make the call, or are they going under the hood – none of that.

“He was just so calm about everything that had just happened, and he was just concerned for his teammate. That really struck me. He has a tremendous level of awareness and poise – that’s surprising that anybody can be like that, not a rookie, or a young guy in his first shot.

Asked if he had coached any other quarterback with that same type of awareness, Carroll said USC quarterback Matt Barkley.

“He was a guy that impressed me really early that was very, very comfortable with the make-up of the position,” Carroll said about Barkley, who started as a true freshman when the Seattle head coach was still coaching the Trojans.

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  1. bbnate420 says:

    How’d you like the Tards QB situation right now?

  2. pabuwal says:

    I get the feeling that Carroll is not a huge fan of John Moffitt.

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Carpenter will continue to tweak his knee if he doesn’t lose 20 or 30 or more pounds.

    And I will gladly take Wilson over Barkley, who may be the best USC QB to ever play the game.

    Funny how USC has produced more drafted QBs then any other College in history, however none of them has gone on to be anything special. Strange! Especially when you compare it to the other PAC 12 teams.

  4. bbnate420 says:

    I wouldn’t want Trufant playing any significant time this week regardless.

    Barkley is sinking like a stone in the draft rankings this year. For what it’s worth, which isn’t a whole lot.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    bbnate420- The Tards QB situation is a little like ours was last year. So painfull for fans to go through.

  6. Skavage says:

    I remember when the UW was the “QB University” of the west. Man we had a lot of guys making it to the NFL for awhile there.

    Anyone else think that PC’s comment will make the rounds in the scouting arena for the NFL? I think in a small way it could have some influence on where Barkley is picked, especially considering the media’s view of him this year.

  7. bbnate420 says:

    I’d take our situation last year over that of the Tards this year. They have more money invested in Kolb alone than we had in all 3. And I’d take TJack over the Mongoloid and a rookie that has worse accuracy than Tebow, by a significant amount.

  8. They never should have rushed Carp back. Its gonna cost them and him. Moffit aint good, but he isnt crap on a stick, like Sweezy. Sweezy sucked sooo bad early this year. While I like the guy, he aint ready for prime time.

    Trufant has likely played his last play as a Hawk, and its about time. He’s lost his speed, he’s got nothing.

    We sure could use some good news about now.

  9. Man, a win like yesterday fixes damn near everything…

    Its no loss to have Carpenter out again as long as Moffitt can stay healthy. Its not clear to me that Carpenter has learned enough technique yet at any O line position to be ready to start. I wouldn’t mind seeing Moffitt back over at RG, with Sweezy pulling at LG with that speed of his.

    On the other hand, keeping the same line we saw yesterday all the way through the playoffs would be a real blessing. knocking wood…

  10. Hell, Im ready to fire cable and the ZBS and hire Whisenhunt, who aint a bad coach just couldnt find a qb after Warner, to run our O-line…anything is better than the bs we’ve sat through for 6 years.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    pabuwal – I get that feeling too, and I don’t get it. He’s the team’s best interior lineman, by far. Weird.

    The Cards QB situation isn’t anything like Seattle’s last season. Seattle had an establilshed starter, for good or ill. The Cards have a hot mess at QB, and a ton of dough tied up there. Although I guess if we’re just saying what they have now is *not8 the future, then we agree.

  12. Yo, STTBM, my friend. We WON yesterday. That’s GOOD news. Everyone is HAPPY. didn’t you notice? I think maybe you need to change your meds.

    and I can’t believe you are using the Cardinals as an example of an offensive line you prefer to ours. Their offensive line got spanked by the Jets yesterday and could not score a single TD. Our offensive line pushed the Bears down the entire length of the field in the 4th quarter and again in OT to score. I say Keep Cable in Seattle, and Keep Wisenhunt in AZ, we don’t need that garbage here.

  13. bbnate420 says:

    Too funny, Stevos. A change in medication indeed.

  14. sluggo42 says:

    Slave – lighten up bro… We won!
    Bevel followed my advice and we threw he ball.. And we won!

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Stevos- Tell us your med secret. Perhaps all us Seahawks fans could use it. Lol.

    Cable does have the most O-Line penalties in the NFL with the Seahawks.

    Just keep that Fat girlfriend beater away from our play calling and perhaps Wilson will reach his potential.

  16. mocarob says:

    Just in the past 2 days I’ve learned from STTBM that all these players & coaches are terrible. (or crap on a stick)

    Moffit, Sweezy, Trufant, Bradley, Cable, Petey, Bevell, The front office & The entire O-line.
    What about Hill, Bryant, Mebane & the guy who hands out gatorade?

  17. bbnate420 says:

    Yep, they’re all crap too. The only 3 people in the organization that aren’t crap are Lynch, DangeRuss, and the V.P. of Human Resources!

  18. I haven’t noticed Pete dissing Moffitt, but maybe I’m not paying enough attention. I just think he wants the best healthy player available and wants to maintain the incentive of competition.

    It was a great win. The team and individuals might make bone-headed plays now and again, but they never fold. They always come back at you. I happened to watch the game knowing the Hawks had won. For those who watched it live, it must have felt pretty discouraging when we got the ball on the three or whatever with three minutes to go. And the suckers pulled it out. Remember Elway’s famous “drive?” We’ve got something special here.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    I wouldn’t say “diss” exactly. But they way he speaks about him comes across as backhanded, IMO. It’s the same way he talks about Flynn, or even Whitehurst, to a much lesser degree. I hope I’ve been reading into it, but it’s just a general impression I get.

  20. LBCHawk says:

    I kinda miss Locklear. He sure is playing decently for the Giants these days.

  21. LBCHawk says:

    I wrote that last entry before I saw the play. He might be done. That knee bent in a way it shouldn’t have and he’s a little older. Sorry Locklear.

  22. PugetHawk says:

    When Carp is 100% he is a beast at guard. Unfortunately he is isn’t healthy. I hope to see him come back this season.

  23. Ok guys: try reading my comments again, and this time get it right.

    I said Moffit isnt crap on a stick, but he aint good. He isnt. He’s bad enough they keep trying to replace him with the fat slow injured Carpenter (who IS improving, just isnt healthy), and Sweezy, who really does stink. I also said I like Sweezy–as a developmental player, not a starter at this point. Moffit is terribly inconsistent, but I still have hope for him, Im just frustrated with his performance thus far.

    Not one player on this line is playing well enough to even sniff a Pro Bowl. Yet Okung was drafted to be not just a Pro Bowler, but an All Pro. He isnt there yet. Unger is a smart C, but too light in the pants to dominate. The rest arent playing well, though Giac is improving and returning to last seasons form.

    The problem is next year the NFL is likely to outlaw chop blocks; that will remove much of the reason for the ZBS, Tom Cable, and the guys he drafted. Pardon me if that sounds like a recipe for disaster.

    And while Im very glad they won the game, I give most of the credit to Wilson, with an assist from the other players. Bevell and Carrol hog-tied Wilson much of the game as usual.

    TO make matters worse, from Carrols comments he thinks this win justifies his idiot strategy to score few/no points through much of the game, hoping to score on the last drive of the game against prevent defense…The problem with that stategy is it fails as often as it works, leading a team with 11-5 talent to go 9-7 at best. I hate 9-7.

    Yes, I think Carrol and his staff pretty much suck. Ive had it with them. The team, however, minus some holes, is very talented. I love me some John Schneider, and I like most of Carrols roster decisions, but he has no clue how to win big in the NFL.

    This win doesnt erase the AZ, Rams, or Miami games where they tried the same thing and lost to vastly inferior teams. Its great to win against a good team on the road, but I see nothing to show that we should expect more of this; we still play down to our competition, and the coaching staff still makes lousy in-game decisions.

    THey have to win 3 of the next four and play the Niners close for me to jump back on the Carrol bandwagon. For now, Im still disgusted as hell with him, Cable, and Bevell. Im not even going to get into Bradley.

  24. I am very happy to see Rice earning his salary (or close to it). Bout time they threw him the ball! And Tate, whom I have always supported, is really stepping up. Imagine what he could accomplish if he got 8-9 targets a game instead of 5-6….Same with Rice. Now we just need to get Miller and Baldwin involved…

    Oh, wait…that would require throwing the ball 25 times a game. We cant do that, we’re a running team….

  25. sluggo42 says:

    Didn’t we throw it 37times this game?

  26. mojjonation says:

    UW was never “QB U”. Just because you have guys drafted doesn’t make you successful. Before Locker, the last guy who had any type of success was Brunell. Before that, Moon. All the guys in between who came from UW probably have the cumulative success of Kitna and he came from Central.

    I swear the NFL is messing with Seattle because they don’t like PC. Two guys fail a drug test in the same day almost three months ago. One of which has been on the drug testing schedule since his last stint in the NFL. They don’t bother telling them until a few weeks ago. Now, with Seattle having the inside track to the playoffs as a wildcard, they are dragging their feet for the appeals process as if they want those guys out when we hit the playoffs. Total BS. They should be flagged for inconsistent enforcement of the rules.

    Tru is a local guy but it is painful to watch him consistently have to chase guys down and not be in position to make a play. Hamstring or not, him being hurt is a blessing in disguise.

    Carp. He’s been hit and miss every time he’s in there.

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