Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll gave his most definitive statement on a player not suiting up for an upcoming game during this afternoon’s conversation with reporters, all but ruling out receiver Sidney Rice for Thursday’s contest against Philadelphia.
Rice suffered his second concussion in three games early in the second half against Washington.
“There’s no recovery time here,” Carroll said about Rice. “You need to get all the way until Thursday on the testing cycle to have a chance. So he doesn’t really have a chance to get through all of that. He won’t practice today. He won’t do anything today, and so this format basically rules him out. He doesn’ta have much of a chance at recovery here.”
Carroll said that Ben Obomanu would get his sixth start of the season with Rice likely out, with Golden Tate continuing to see more reps.
Carroll said that quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will practice today, and the plan is that he will play on Thursday.
“He knows how important it is to get the reps in,” Carroll said. “This is the big day of the week in preparation, so he’ll be pretty active. This is more that he’s done, which is interesting in particular because it’s a short week. This is a lot to ask of him, but he feels good enough to do that, so we’ll see him working today.”
Carroll said the team will not throw a lot of full-speed routes this afternoon, except for a short portion of practice where the team will go full speed before dialing it back for the remainder of practice. Carroll said the fact that Jackson can work today is sign that his injury is improving, because he has not been able to do that in week’s past.
And in terms of Jackson’s velocity, Carroll believes that he can still make all the throws with the injury to effectively lead the offense.
“When he needs it he can go to it,” Carroll said. “He’s not going to throw a bunch of them, one right after another in practice. He’s saving himself a little bit. But he’s certainly can gun it up when he needs to. His arm is still a really good NFL arm. And he has a great arm when he’s 100 percent healthy.”
Former Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones was in the house today, making his rounds through the locker room to say hello to players before practice.
Jones looks to be in good shape and was in good spirits.