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Carroll on Browner: ‘He’s been fully diagnosed and we’re waiting until the last possible second to do what we want to do’

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Nov. 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm with 13 Comments »
November 15, 2013 4:03 pm

Here’s what Pete Carroll said Friday:

(On how did this week guy with all of the guys back from injury…) “The week went very well. Guys practiced throughout, they did all of the things we asked them to do during the week and made it through all of the reps and turns and came back each day. Now we have to get through tomorrow and make sure that after today’s work everybody is fit and ready to go and we’ll make our decisions come game time.”

(On if Percy Harvin will play Sunday…) “He has a chance. He made it through practice today, we’ll see how it affects him tomorrow, and then we’ll call it. He looked good, he practiced and did everything, and he’s asking me about returning kickoffs already so he’s all over it. He’s excited about it.”

(On if there is a fine line between playing Percy Harvin and not playing him…) “We’re not going to do it unless we’re ready. These guys have shown that they’re ready now, but we won’t make that decision unless we think that’s the right thing to do. We could be more conservative and wait longer, but we think we’ve done all the things that we needed to do. We’ll get the information and figure it out, and then call it on game day.”

(On if there is anyone of the injured guys that are for sure going to play…) “Nah we’re just going to wait on it because they have to come back after the week’s work, show us that they’re okay tomorrow, and then we’ll make the call.”

(On Jeremy Lane…) “He’s fine.”

(On Tony McDaniel…) “He did extra work today to make sure he’ll be okay. I think we have him down at questionable at this point, but again we’ll wait and see how he is tomorrow. That’ll be another game day decision too.”

(On Percy Harvin’s status…) “I think he’s in the probable category.”

(On if he does play would you have him returning kickoffs…) “We’ll wait and find out.”

(On the Vikings’ special team unit…) “They have a great return game. They have the leading returner in punts and in kickoffs in the NFL. That’s a big statement that they’re serious about it, they’re really equipped, they have guys that can fly, and we have to be ready for this. This is a great challenge, this is the biggest challenge that we’ve had in the return game in facing it. We’re kind of excited about because we have a lot respect for what they do and we’re hoping our guys can step up for it.”

(On Brandon Browner…) “Nothing yet.”

(On if they have made a roster move yet to bring Russell Okung up…) “No.”

(On the preparation for the Vikings’ quarterback and not knowing who’s going to play…) “We’re counting on that Christian Ponder is going to play until he isn’t, but we have taken a look at all of the guys and we feel comfortable about what they will do with those guys in the game, and the style of the players. We feel like we know them pretty well, we’ve played against Josh Freeman and we know Matt Cassel really well and we’ve seen a lot of Christian. We feel okay about it, so we’ll see what happens. I don’t know how set that is, I don’t know what’s going on, we’re just going to count on that Christian is playing because he says he is.”

(On Max Unger and Red Bryant…) “Those guys are both fine. They both made it through the week and they’re alright. They’re going.”

(On what’s it mean to be home again with the Salute to Service week…) “We do stay connected with Armed Forces throughout the year, they get chances to come by and see us, we always want to pay as much respect as we possibly can, and share our time and opportunity here with our football with the troops that come by. It’s a really cool connection for us. The fact that Fort Lewis is right down the road, we have guys that do projects down there and we visit and we visited with the command group as well. We feel very luck that we are that close, but in all respects, we owe so much and there’s never enough you could do for all of the things that they have given us. We’ll have a fun day at the stadium again and a little preview to our highlight film will be all about it too with the players on Saturday night. We feel connected and hopefully we can return a nice day for them.”

(On if playing against Minnesota will factor in if he allows Percy Harvin to play this week…) “No. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing in that regard at all. We’re doing what’s best for us right now, so you’ll see.”

(On his thought on how Percy Harvin made it through the week…) “Well he made it through the week just right. He did everything that we asked of him, he was full speed on every opportunity, he looked great, he knows the offense, and he understands what’s going on. It’s understandable that he might be a little rusty at some stuff; he hasn’t played a lot of football right now so we won’t load him up with too much. Hopefully he can contribute and help us win.”

(On Brandon Browner…) “He’s been fully diagnosed and we’re waiting until the last possible second to do what we want to do just because we can. So we’re just going to wait it out. I think it was Bud Grant who said use all of the time that they give you, and respect that it’s Minnesota week, I listened to a lot of things that Bud said so we’re going to take every minute and utilize it to help us out.”

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  1. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    What’s with all the Secret Squirrel stuff on Brandon Browner? It seems that Carrol will place him on IR; at the same time, the way Carrol phrased it, Brandon Browner could play in a week or two. I just hate all the secrecy.

  2. I’m thinking Browner to IR and Okung takes his spot. KInd of a bummer for BB, but the injury sounded pretty significant, so it makes me wonder if t’s something that mnight require surgery.

  3. …tomorrow I will learn how to type… :)

  4. “What’s with all the Secret Squirrel stuff on Brandon Browner? It seems that Carrol will place him on IR; at the same time, the way Carrol phrased it, Brandon Browner could play in a week or two. I just hate all the secrecy.”

    First, Displaced, being a fan doesn’t mean you have a right to know everything.
    Second, If it’s driving you nuts, think what it’s doing to the other team?
    Third, If you can read it, so can the other team.

    Pete is 100% correct, you never tell of injuries types or return dates until you have no choice.

    Hockey is an excellent example. You will see a guy block a shot, the puck hit him in the ankle area, he stays down in pain, gets help/limps off the ice and the official report the next day is usually an “upper body injury and day to day”.

    Why? Because you can. The benefit is because the other team doesn’t know who to prepare for.

    Minny is doing the same thing with keeping their starting QB under wraps. Is it Ponder or Freeman or the towel boy? Smart move on their part.

    It’s part of the chess match of sports.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Well said gvineq.

  6. The Vikings are hiding their pathetic vs. more pathetic QB options. Trouble is nobody knows who is more pathetic – Ponder or Freeman.

  7. Kingpear says:

    Is it only 1 player on the Injured – Designated to Return list ‘at a time’, or is it one player for the whole season? If it is the former, the sneakiness on Browner is 100% understandable. If not, just IR him and move on. Of course, they may be waiting to activate Tharold Simon from the PUP list.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    I thought Carroll was pretty candid with Browner’s injury: it’s significant. Injuries like this aren’t black and white, nor are muscle strains / pulls / tears easily time-framed with regard to recovery. Most likely Browner is done for the year, but it’s not necessary determine that or a specific course of action with him until they have to. From where I sit, this isn’t “Secret Squirrel”, it’s “I really don’t know”.

  9. chuck_easton says:

    Only one IR designated to return per team per season. Seattle used theirs on Okung. It’s not an option for any other player.

    Plus the designated to return option requires the player to miss a minimum of 8 games. Any player IRed with that designation now would only be eligible to return if their team had at least two playoff games. You won’t see that designation used for the remainder of 2013

  10. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Very interesting trying to pick our 7 inactives this week with so many guys coming back.. Here’s my guess, first off Okung’s back and that Caylin guy will probably get waived. If not him then maybe Lockette or Mayowa but I’m guessing Caylin. Also I think they dress 8 OLine this week as insurance with 3 guys coming back.

    Bj Daniels
    D Coleman
    M. Bowie
    R. Lockette
    Mayowa
    Browner
    Schofield

  11. Southendzone says:

    My read between the lines on Browner’s injury is that it’s very serious but they are holding out hope that it could be better sometime LATE this season, so they’re strategizing a way to keep him around and not IR him.

    Browner is a huge part of what they do, although we love Thurmond and his coverage, their scheme seems to rely on Browner’s physical nature. If we think the Hawks are going to be in the Superbowl, we want BB available.

  12. grizindabox24 says:

    Mike, I think Browner is going to IR when Okung is activated. My guess would be Lockette, Hauptmann, Mayowa, Daniels, Coleman, Michael for 6 of the inactives.

  13. I tend to agree with the notion that BB will most likely need to be IR’d so they can use his spot on the roster, but they are holding out hope that he might have an abnormally quick recovery and maybe keep him around for their expected playoff run.

    And I want to emphasize that Thurmond may be just as good a CB as Browner, but where WT may be better at change of direction and covering slot guys, BB definitely has the edge in the press/man dept. If you’ve seen BB on the field and off (on realrobreport) he embodies the swagger the Legion of Boom are known for, and his aggressive attitude and intimidating demeanor is infectious and commands respect in the locker room. ( Especially from Winston Guy, LOL )

    Mike from NJ, I don’t think OB Schofield will be inactive as he is an integral part of the special teams unit.

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