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Carroll confirms Okung likely out vs. Jags

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed to reporters here today that Russell Okung has a toe injury that likely will keep him out for Sunday’s game at home against Jacksonville.

Carroll could not confirm the severity of the injury, saying there’s a wide spectrum in terms amount of game time Okung could miss.

“There are some options that we’ll deal with here, and try and figure out,” Carroll said. “And there’s a little bit of a spectrum here that could come to us, with options. We need to wait and see.”

Carroll also said that running back Spencer Ware suffered an ankle sprain on the last play of the game, which could cause him to miss some time.

“He definitely has a significant sprain,” Carroll said. “It happened earlier, and he re-injured it on the last play of the game.”

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Avril expected to play vs. 49ers; Browner slated to practice this week

The Seattle Seahawks appear to be getting healthy at the right time. Pete Carroll told reporters this afternoon that defensive end Cliff Avril was close to getting on the field against Carolina, and is expected to be ready for Sunday’s home opener against San Francisco if he makes it through practice this week.

“Cliff Avril is a good possibility if me makes it through the week,” Carroll said. “He practice well enough last week, and he was very close to being able to play on Sunday.

“So we’re planning on him being a part of it this week, unless he has some kind of setback we can’t foresee. So that will be a nice little boost to get him back in the game.”

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Carroll on Hawks off-season plans: Pass rushers needed

Pete Carroll talked for about a half hour on a number of issues his team needs to address during the offseason this afternoon

Among them, Carroll acknowledged the lack of a consistent pass rush this season, and said the Seahawks will address that by looking to add guys to the mix of players already on the roster.

“We need another pass rusher,” Carroll said. “We really do. That’s why we went out and got Jason (Jones) last year. And we’re going to have to double it up. We need a couple of guys.”

Along with improving personnel, Carroll said he’ll count on young guys like rookies Greg Scruggs, Jaye Howard and Bruce Irvin improving during the offseason.

Asked if Jones showed enough to warrant bringing him back with his one-year up once free agency begins, Carroll was diplomatic.

“We thought he did some good things,” Carroll said about Jones. “We’ll see how that works out. There’s a lot of work to be done to get that done, with a one-year contract. So we’ll see where that fits. But he did some nice stuff.”

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Carroll confirms Bradley and Bevell are candidates for NFL head coaching gigs, but won’t travel for interviews.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed that the Philadelphia Eagles asked Seattle for permission to interview defensive coordinator Gus Bradley for the team’s vacant head coaching job, and the Chicago Bears have asked for permission to interview offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for that team’s vacant head coaching job.

But Carroll said he does not expect that to be a distraction this week. If the interviews do take place this week, neither coach will travel for the interview.

“Both of those guys have been contacted,” Carroll said. “And it’s a real positive for the program when people want to talk to your guys. I’ve always thought that that’s a real cool thing.

“There’s a time and a place. And both of our guys are very aware of what they’re doing, and what we’re in for here. And neither one of them is going to let this distract them or get in the way. There’s very limited opportunity for any of that. They’re not going to travel and go places – run around and all of that. So in all due respect for what we’re after right now, it’s low on their list. Both these guys feel exactly the same way about it.”

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Browner returns; Hill to practice today

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was in the locker room and will practice today. But Browner won’t talk until tomorrow, wanting to get a practice under his belt first before he addresses the media.

But Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and Browner’s teammates were more than willing to talk about the impact the Oregon State product will have returning to the lineup.

“Getting Brandon Browner back is a big deal to us,” Carroll said. “He’s been a big part of what we’ve done here. And he’s been a significant factor in the style that we play. So he comes back, and we’ll how he does.”

One of the most eager in anticipating Browner’s return was fellow cornerback Richard Sherman.

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Thurmond placed on IR; Browner returns

After missing three games with a lingering hamstring issue, cornerback Walter Thurmond was placed on injured reserve today, ending his season.

The University of Oregon product spent the first six weeks on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list while he rehabbed a broken leg suffered in October 2011 against Cleveland.

Thurmond played in two games, starting one against Chicago this season.

Carroll said that Thurmond re-injured his hamstring last week.

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Winston Guy activated, Deon Butler released

Pete Carroll said today during his regular Monday Morning presser at linebackers Leroy Hill and Malcolm Smith have injuries this week worth monitoring.

Hill has a hamstring issue, and Smith has a groin injury. If both of those players are unavailable, Mike Morgan, would fill in at weak side, outside linebacker.

The Seahawks also announced the rookie safety Winston Guy, who served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, was added to the active roster today.

Receiver Deon Butler’s return to Seattle was short lived, as the Seahawks released him from the 53-man roster to make room for Guy. The Seahawks received a roster exemption from the league in order to bring Guy in so he could workout with the team last week.

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Carroll: Hawks didn’t run up the score

Despite the feeling from some league observers that the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals were supposed to share orange slices and sing Kumbaya after Sunday’s 58-0 shellacking, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said he does not feel like his team tried to run up the score.

Why? Carroll has plenty of experience playing from way ahead from the many times his teams at USC buried inferior opponents.

“What you’re trying to do is make first downs,” Carroll said. “You’re trying to get first downs and keep the football, with the sensitivity of the situation. And you know you’re going to run the football like crazy, which was awesome. We love to do that.

“So we got a lot of things done yesterday. And unfortunately on the other side, it was a very hard day for those guys. I get it.”

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