ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Richard Sherman’s appeal of his banned substance suspension will be heard by the league on Friday. It’s unclear if a failed appeal will mean the four-game suspension would kick in before Sunday’s NFC West showdown with San Francisco.
In injury news, WR Sidney Rice is still sore from the toe/foot injury that caused him to miss practice last week. “He’s sore,” Carroll said. “We’ll have to see how he goes Wednesday. We might have to take care of him a little during the week to get him ready for game day.” Carroll did not expect cornerbacks Walter Thurmond (hamstring) or Marcus Trufant (hamstring) to be ready for Wednesday’s practice. And beyond that … he had his fingers crossed, he said.
DT Alan Branch “came out way better than we thought” given a history of high ankle sprains, said Carroll, who expects to rest Branch until Friday with a chance to get him back by Sunday. DT Jason Jones also came out of the game with a sore knee and could be limited for the week. Carroll said he will continue the “maintenance” of some other players with nagging injuries, particularly Red Bryant (foot) and Marshawn Lynch (back).
Carroll said their study of the film of the 50-17 win over Buffalo showed ” … we did a lot of really good things across the board, I was really happy with the consistency on offense. It started with the running game, and the big start with Russell (Wilson) getting the ball in the running game. It made for the feeling we had the control of the football game throughout the first half. It finished up a really complete game; we played solid football across the board, kept the penalties down and took care of the football in excellent fashion and a few turnovers really made it a big score. We’re surprised by the scores the past couple weeks, but we’re really thrilled about it.”
The Seahawks were able to watch the San Francisco-New England game on the charter flight. As might be expected, the Seahawks were huge Patriots fans. “(San Francisco is) an incredibly good football team, they just proved it again last night , they just continue to show they know how to win football games and play defense … and special teams always rise up and their offense is really doing great stuff. It’s a terrific matchup for us and I know coming home the last two games here it’s a great opportunity for our fans and we want to really play well in this setting.”
As for playoff and division title scenarios, Carroll said “We ain’t done nothing yet.” Adding “we’ll have no trouble focusing,” for Sunday night’s matchup.