Let’s get to a few housecleaning things to start.
The Seahawks are not expected to sign free agent defensive lineman Ray Edwards, who they reportedly worked out on Monday.
But Seattle did make a roster move, releasing defensive end Monte Taylor from the practice squad and bringing back tight end Cooper Helfet.
As he talked about on Monday, Pete Carroll said that Marcus Trufant will return to practice today and work inside as a nickel cornerback. Trufant has missed four games with a hamstring injury.
With a decision on Richard Sherman’s appeal expected on Thursday, Carroll said the team is planning accordingly.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen, so we’re not going to go blindly into it,” Carroll said. “So we are going to get our guys into the rotation a little differently. It won’t change much though. He’s going to get some work today, and the other guys will get work as well. But we have it in our minds we’ve got to be preparing for that.”
Carroll said he has not heard from the league when a decision will be made.
However, Walter Thurmond remains out with a hamstring issue, and will not practice on Thursday, according to Carroll.
Defensive tackle Alan Branch (ankle) is expected to practice today, while defensive end Red Bryant (foot) and receiver Sidney Rice (knee, foot) will continue to rest during the week as a maintenance issue.
Linebackers Leroy Hill (hamstring) and Malcolm Smith (groin) also could be injury concerns this week.
Carroll talks about the prospects of his players making the Pro Bowl, and pointed to offensive tackle Russell Okung as one of the players who has stood out during season.
Okung has given up just one sack this year, as he’s managed to stay healthy for the most part in his third season.
“He’s been up against all the good guys, and he’s done a really good job,” Carroll said. “Robert Quinn is maybe as fast as anybody he’s gone against. So he’ll be checked out again. … Russell Okung has improved as much as anybody on our team. He’s really playing first-flight football and doing a great job.”
Seattle fullback Michael Robinson had more praise for Okung.
“I trained with Michael Johnson, the defensive end for the Bengals this offseason. And he straight up told me that Russell is the best tackle in the National Football League,” Robinson said.