Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable was blunt when asked about the freakish nature of losing rookie offensive tackle James Carpenter to an ACL left knee injury for the rest of the season during one-on-one pass protection drills on Wednesday.
“It’s never happened to me in my career in 25 years,” he said. “I’ve never lost a guy in a pass-pro drill. So it’s new for me, too.”
Cable said it’s a shame that both Carpenter and fellow rookie John Moffitt are done for the year, but he has confidence in Paul McQuistan and Breno Giacomini stepping in at right guard and right tackle.
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“My focus has been on just getting ready for the game,” Cable said. “Certainly the personnel people and all of that are probably looking at what we can do in terms of the situation. But right now we have enough for what’s here, so you just get ready for the game.”
Cable said one of the things that should help in terms of the transition for the two new players is the offensive line group is pretty close.
“We’re really lucky because it’s a unique group. We’re very close. They’re close off the field, and that’s happened at a very rapid rate, bringing them all new in here. But it’s real strong bond in that room, so that part I think just kind of stays how it was going moving forward.
“The real issue then is just the communication between the two of them and getting used to each other’s voice. But that’s what practice is for, and they’ve done a nice job. Today was really good.”
In terms of injuries, safety Atari Bigby and defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove missed a second day of practice with hamstring issues.
Receivers Doug Baldwin and Sidney Rice, along with safety Kam Chancellor and linebacker David Vobora were all full participants coming back from concussion symptoms.
Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral) and Cameron Morrah (toe/knee) also were full participants.
The Seahawks will have a walk-through on Friday and unlike their earlier road trips this season, because the Sunday game is a 3 p.m. start in St. Louis, Seattle will not travel until Saturday.