Quick strikes off Pete Carroll's just-completed press conference:
—C Max Unger "looks good" to play Sunday's NFC title game after getting ankle rolled late Saturday in the win over Carolina. Same ankle on which he had a high sprain that cost him the previous six games, and the two-time Pro Bowl pick initially feared the injury was worse that it now appears. Carroll said Unger had "some rust" but otherwise credited his return as a reason Russell Wilson had time to throw down the field.
—The Seahawks are going to promote versatile practice-squad quarterback B.J. Daniels onto the active roster this week to fill Paul Richardson's place. Richardson is going on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, sustained in the third quarter Saturday night. Carroll using this forum -- the presser was recorded for national television -- to describe how Daniels could potentially be a kick returner, a running back, a wide receiver and a special-teams player gives Green Bay something else to think about this week.
Seattle will need to replace Richardson as the kickoff returner. Who's next up? "We'll see," Carroll said, as coyly as he usually does about such things.
Carroll called Richardson's loss as the No. 3 wide receiver "a call for (fellow rookie) Kevin Norwood to step up." Norwood was inactive last week but will be active this week--though I still have a suspicion Chris Matthews could be a factor -- because he's 6 feet 5 and the Packers' starting cornerbacks and nickel back are 5-11, 5-11 and 6 feet.
—Byron Maxwell "feels fine," Carroll said, after being sick last week and then short of breath and not playing CB vs CAR. Sounds like he'll start vs Green Bay instead of Tharold Simon. The Panthers picked on Simon throughout Saturday's game, including for a touchdown.
—Sounds like TE Tony Moeaki will play this week after missing last weekend's game with a new calf injury. His last four catches are for first downs.
—Carroll said the Packers are the team the Seahawks expected back in Sept. to play in this NFC title game.
—Carroll credits Wilson getting the ball out more quickly in recent games,"not letting the rush get there," for his better passing production.
—Chat starting at 1 p.m. today here on the blog.