Cornerback Richard Sherman was not at practice for a second straight day, reportedly to attend his appeal with the league back in New York for allegedly violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy.
However, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that Sherman is expected to play on Sunday.
“I’m anticipating that we’ll have him,” Carroll said. “I know nothing else at this point.
Carroll was asked about his concern with Sherman’s lack of practice time, and how that would affect his preparation in facing a different San Francisco quarterback in Colin Kaepernick.
“You need practice time,” Carroll said. “But he is as smart of football player as we have on our team. He’s totally into everything that we’re doing.
“We can tell when he’s not out there, because he is so sharp when he communicates to other guys. He knows when he left that he was preparing to miss a couple days, so we sent him a bunch of stuff. So he should be fine.”
Carroll also got a couple players back on the practice field again in cornerbacks Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond, who both have been nursing hamstring injuries.
Along with those two, receiver Sidney Rice (knee) will be a game-time decision for Sunday, according to Carroll. Rice, who’s also been dealing with a knee issue and a foot injury, did not practice all week.
“We’ll go all the way to game time with those guys,” Carroll said. “They’ll be a few of those guys that, they have to show us they can play.”
Carroll said with Rice that he feels fine right now, but the training staff has to see how he runs on game day.
“He thinks he’s playing,” Carroll said about Rice. “He feels like he’s going to.”
Defensive tackle Alan Branch (ankle) practiced for a second straight day, and Carroll said he’s expected to play on Sunday.
Carroll said he did not anticipate the results of the knee injury suffered by Jason Jones that forced him to the injured reserve list.
“We were surprised by it,” Carroll said. “It happened in the game. He really didn’t feel it until the next day. And after we did all of the tests on it, we found out that he had torn cartilage and we’ve got to fix it. So that kind of popped up quickly on us. We’re real disappointed that we’re going to miss him, but we’ve got to get him right and get him fixed up.”