There’s lots of stuff happening today, so let’s get to it.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced the tight end John Carlson will have season-ending shoulder surgery to replace a torn labrum, and will be place on the injured reserve list.
Carlson has missed the last two preseason games with the hopes that he could avoid surgery, but know will have to spend the final year of his rookie contract rehabbing from shoulder surgery.
The move makes you wonder what the Seahawks knew about Carlson’s health when they signed free agent tight end Zach Miller during the first week of training camp.
Carroll said losing Carlson is a blow to the team, but that they have decent depth at tight end, with Anthony McCoy and Dominique Byrd playing well, and Cameron Morrah (toe) working to get back on the field.
“We were so excited about having Zach and John playing together,” Carroll said. “And unfortunately that’s not going to happen now. … It’s disappointing because John had a great start to camp. He was rockin’ and rollin’, and those two guys out there together looked really good.
“But fortunately our tight ends have really played well. Anthony has done a good job, and Dominique Byrd has done exceedingly well catching the football and getting open.”
The other big news is rookie James Carpenter and Breno Giacomini split reps at right tackle with the first unit today. Carroll said that Giacomini will be given an opportunity to compete for the starting right tackle job.
“It’s a competition that we’re just continuing,” Carroll said. “And Giac has done a nice job. He’s put together a really good preseason, and he’s been very solid. He hasn’t played against the same guys all the time, but he has had a very solid preseason.
“And he’s been around a little more. And so we want to make sure that he has the opportunity to show and see if he can help us. So we’ve decided to give him some opportunities with the first group.”
Offensive line coach Tom Cable understands that Carpenter has been through a lot in a compressed amount of time because there has been no OTAs or minicamps. But he doesn’t want to make excuses for him either.
“It can’t be an excuse,” he said. “If you notice, we try to give them as many reps as we can. We’re probably playing that group more than you normally would. But we need to. And I think Saturday was a perfect example of how much they need to continue to play, and continue to grow.”
Carroll said offensive tackle Russell Okung is pretty close in returning from his left ankle injury, but likely will not play against Oakland. Okung again was a limited participant in practice, working in some individual drills and against air in team drills.
“He feels really good,” Carroll said. “I think if this was the opener he would try and go this week. And we don’t have to do that. We can make sure we put together some really good days back-to-back, and make sure we take advantage of this long weekend and all of that. And so that’s the plan at this point. But he’s really close.”
Carroll went to say that Okung has to work a little more laterally before trainers can free him up to do more things, but he can run around and he’s not feeling any pain.
Carroll wouldn’t say how long the starters would play on Friday against Oakland, other than they need a lot more work.
“I don’t know that yet,” he said. “I want to see how the next couple days of practice go, and then will determine that. But in my mind they need to play some. So whatever that means.”
* Carroll confirmed that the team had recently released veteran center Andre Gerode in for a visit.
“That’s just us taking advantage of the opportunities,” Carroll said. “He’s kind of taking a tour right now and looking at some places. And so we were fortunate to get in on him and visit with him.
* WR Sidney Rice got a little banged up in practice and had his shoulder treated with ice, the same shoulder that kept him out of the first preseason game at San Diego.
Rice had a couple spectacular plays during one-on-one drills today, including a one-handed, back shoulder grab against Brandon Bronwer, and a two-handed grab where he went over Marcus Trufant.
* Ben Obomanu had to leave practice after he hit his head on the ground as a precautionary measure.
* Josh Pinkard (knee) did not practice, and neither did Isaiah Stanback (hamstring).
* Carroll said Marshawn Lynch (ankle) and David Hawthorne (knee), who both did not practice today, will not play against Oakland on Friday. Aaron Curry (knee) also did not practice. David Vorbora worked a strong side, outside linebacker today, with Leroy Hill at weak side, outside backer and K.J. Wright at middle linebacker.