Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said a couple players still dinged up from last Sunday’s game against Dallas will not practice today.
They include receiver Sidney Rice, who missed practice last week with a foot injury. Carroll would not disclose what ails Rice, other than to say he has a couple things he’s dealing with.
Tight end Cameron Morrah (knee/toe) also will not practice today, but Carroll said that the Cal product is getting better and should be available for this week’s game against Baltimore.
Mike Williams (ankle/foot) will practice today. And we got no word on linebacker David Vobora, who Carroll said suffered a concussion during the Dallas game.
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Carroll said that rookie receiver Kris Durham will have surgery to repair a torn labrum that’s been ailing him some time in the near future. Durham was placed on the season ending injured reserve, and replaced on the roster by Deon Butler.
Butler understood being activated to the active roster wasn’t a sure thing because of the competitiveness at the position.
“Definitely there was some doubt,” he said. “You watch our guys week in and week out, and you’ve seen the growth and maturity that they have over the weeks. And you just figure this is a tough group to break into.
“Everyone here is talented. Everyone brings a different dimension to this team. There were definitely times where, I know what I bring and I’m confident in myself, but you don’t know. It could have been a numbers game. It could have been the wrong time to get hurt, but obviously they feel confident in what I can do. And I’m glad for another opportunity here.”
Butler and fullback Michael Robinson, Penn State alums, also talked about the story dominating the news out of Happy Valley involving the Penn State scandal involving a grand jury investigating sexual abuse charges against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
“First off, I want to express my sorrow for the children that are involved,” Robinson said. “I have three kids myself, and I can’t imagine what those families are going through today, and what they have went through in the past.
“It’s a sad day to be a Penn State (alum).”
Robinson went on to say he did not agree with his former coach Joe Paterno announcing his retirement and stepping down, but that was the type of guy he is.
“I know he wishes he could have had some things back,” Robinson said. “He’s not a perfect guy, but what he stands for as a man, and what he’s meant to college football, what he’s meant to me personally in my life, that’s another reason why I’m so sad.”
“Just knowing the man that he is, a lot of people think that they have an idea of who he is,” Butler said. “But if you’ve been on one of those teams and you know what exactly he stands for, what he’s all about. Obviously, no one there supports pedophiles, if this is true. But just the guy that he is and that he stands for, just to see him at a time like this go out this way is a tainted legacy. And you don’t want people to think of him like that.”