As expected, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said offensive guard Robert Gallery and receiver Sidney Rice are unlikely to play on Sunday in his team’s season opener at San Francisco.
Both players are listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report.
“We’ll always leave it as doubtful, because there’s a chance when he wakes up, but most likely he’s not going to make it,” Carroll said about Gallery, who did not practice for a fourth straight day this afternoon.
So Seattle’s likely starting five across the offensive line will be Russell Okung at left tackle, rookie James Carpenter at left guard, Max Unger at center, John Moffitt at right guard and Breno Giacomini at right tackle.
“The way we practiced is the way it’s looking,” Carroll said, when asked about Giacomini starting at right tackle. “I just want to hold out until we get to game time to make sure we use every day possible to figure it out.”
Rice did some route running and individual drills early in practice with trainers to test his shoulder, but Carroll seemed to be leaning on giving his shoulder another week of rest.
“He ran around and caught balls and all that stuff,” Carroll said. “But we need to protect him and take care of him, so likely he won’t go.”
Carroll was then asked if he thought Rice’s shoulder could be more serious than expected, similar to what John Carlson went through in training camp. Carlson eventually needed shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. But Carroll said he believes Rice’s case is different, and that his shoulder is getting better.
“This doesn’t seem to be the same thing,” Carroll said. “But if we don’t get him out here this week, probably by the end of next week we’ll know if he’s really responding. It feels way better. He’s able to do a lot of things and run full speed.”
Defensive end Chris Clemons did not practice for a second straight day after tweaking his ankle in the team’s walk-through on Thursday, but Carroll said that he expects the Georgia product to play on Sunday. He’s listed as probable.
Carroll said middle linebacker David Hawthorne (knee) is ready to go, after he made it through another practice. However, there’s no guarantee that Hawthorne will start on Sunday, as rooke K.J. Wright has gotten most of the work with the first unit. Hawthorne is listed as probable.
Rookie offensive tackle Jarriel King did not practice because of an ankle injury and is listed on the injury report as out.
Okung is ready to play in his first game after suffering a sprained ankle in Seattle’s first exhibition game against San Diego. Carroll said that Okung had a good week of practice, and he’s looking forward to seeing him back out on the field.
“As far as the mental side of it, he’s ready to go,” Carroll said. “We’ve tried to work him real hard, and give him extra work. He’s worked against the first group a bunch in pass protection and stuff like that, just to make sure he’s up to game speed. So we’ve got him as ready as we can. But he still has to get into the game. He’s going to have to feel his way a little bit, and hopefully he’ll get comfortable quickly.”