Two of the Seattle Seahawks major free agent acquisitions may not be ready for Sunday’s opener against San Francisco.
Offensive guard Robert Gallery and receiver Sidney Rice did not practice on Monday, and head coach Pete Carroll said he’ll wait and see until later in the week if both are ready.
Gallery is nursing a sprained right knee he suffered in the first half against Oakland.
“He’s had a couple good days here,” Carroll said about Gallery. “He’s got a sprained knee and we’re just going to have to see how it goes day to day. We’ll watch him carefully and he’s hopeful that he can make it back by the weekend. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Rice was held out of the last preseason game with a sore shoulder.
“We’ll wait later in the week to know what’s going on with him,” Carroll said about Rice.
With Gallery out, veteran Paul McQuistan, who backed up Gallery in Oakland, worked at left guard along with rookie James Carpenter. But the rookie from Alabama working at left guard is more out of necessity in case he has to play there in a game situation, with the Seahawks likely only suiting up seven or eight offensive linemen for the 45-man roster.
Carpenter also got work with the first unit at right tackle.
Carroll also addressed picking up new kicker Steven Hauschka on the waiver wire after the team released Jeff Reed.
“We had out eyes on Hauschka the whole time, all through the summer time,” Carroll said. “And we didn’t know if he would make it there or not. But that was a guy we were watching. So when he became available, we jumped on him.”
Carroll said that the team placed Jimmy Wilkerson on the season-ending, injured reserve because he has a knee injury that needs surgery.
“Unfortunately, if that wasn’t the case then we wouldn’t have hung on longer,” Carroll said. “But it’s a knee that he’s hurt before. And the damage is enough that there was no way that we could count on him getting back. So we need to take care of him, and that’s why we had to do that.”
The Seahawks got more good news on the Russell Okung front. Carroll said he looks good and is ready to go.
“He practiced enough last week to let us know he would be ready this week,” Carroll said. “He worked really hard in pregame at game time the other night. He was dying to play, but we wouldn’t put him in. We wanted to wait a few more days. But he practiced full-go today, and he’s ready to go for this game.”
* The Seahawks announced captains today, which are voted on by the team. Tarvaris Jackson is the offensive captain, Marcus Trufant is the defensive captain, and Leon Washington and Michael Robinson are special teams co-captain.
* WR Isaiah Stanback was dropped from the injured reserve list and is no longer with the team.
* RB Marshawn Lynch (ankle) and LB David Hawthorne (knee) did not practice today, but are expected to practice on Wednesday. “Marshawn is well, he’ll be fine,” Carroll said. “David, we need to see how he takes to the practice work.”
* Carroll talked about some of the new additions to the team. Defensive tackle Al Woods was with defensive line coach Todd Wash at Tampa Bay, and at 6-4, 307 pounds, has a similar body type to Red Bryant.
* Defensive tackle Landon Cohen is pretty active and at 6-3, 300 pounds, perhaps could provide some of the inside pass rush that was expected out of Wilkerson.
* At 6-5, 317 pounds, offensive tackle Jarriel King out of South Carolina is a guy Carroll says has tremendous potential. King has an ankle injury and did not practice today.
“We’re excited about the future for him,” Carroll said. “He played right tackle. And he had been a left side tackle at South Carolina in the SEC and did very well there. We think this is a really good move for the future, and we think this is a guy we can develop.”
* Carroll said that Colin Cole was healthy, but still needed to get his conditioning level up. The team released Cole during final roster cut downs.
“With Mebane taking over at nose tackle, it just made it obvious that that was the move for us,” Carroll said