Here’s what Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had to say in terms of injuries for this week.
Offensive tackle Russell Okung (high-ankle sprain) is day-to-day and will not practice today.
Carroll said receiver Brandon Stokley has a rib issue and the team will wait and see how he practices. Fullback Michael Robinson will not practice because of a hamstring issue. Linebacker Matt McCoy also has a hamstring issue and will not practice.
Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (calf) and cornerback Kelly Jennings (hamstring) will try and go on Thursday.
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Carroll also said he will hold a couple guys back in practice as a maintenance issue, including offensive guard Ben Hamilton and defensive end Chris Clemons to make sure they stay healthy.
Carroll said none of those guys are ruled out for Sunday.
Carroll said the team brought back Quinton Ganther because of the question mark with Robinson and the fact they needed someone with more experience than Chris Henry to play fullback in Seattle’s offense.
Carroll said that it doesn’t matter who Oakland plays at quarterback, whether it’s Jason Campbell or Bruce Gradkowski the Seahawks will be ready.
“We’ve seen both guys, and they don’t change their offense,” Carroll said. “They both have the ability to run the gambit of everything they like. We’re not going to even talk about it. We’re just going to play against whoever they put out there.
Lawyer Milloy said he hadn’t heard Tony Dungy’s comments about the Seahawks being the best team in the NFC. He appreciated the accolades coming from someone like Dungy, but also said it doesn’t really mean a whole lot at this point of the season.
“Playing football and coming to work everyday is hard enough,” Milloy said. “For me to sit around and read newspapers or listen to analysts, that’s their job. I’m honored by a guy who’s accomplished the ultimate goal in Coach Dungy saying that at this point he sees the potential, I think that’s what he’s saying most of all.
“I know that he understands it’s a long season, and things happen and things change. But it’s definitely gratifying to hear it coming from somebody like that, at this point of the season. And I’ll emphasize, ‘At this point of the season.’”
Milloy also said in order to receive more recognition his team has to accomplish a simple but tough goal each week – win games.
“It’s a simple formula,” Milloy said. “You win, they talk about you. And if you don’t, they won’t. And it’s our job to just keep winning ball games, that’s what everything in this league is predicated off of.”
Ganther and Marshawn Lynch provided some entertainment in the locker room before practice. The two back played in the same pee wee football league in Oakland, with Ganther two years older, and both will return home to face the Raiders on Sunday.
Ganther, who actually is a couple inches shorter than Lynch, will be the fullback for his friend growing up. Lynch said Ganther was one of the biggest kids in pee wee days but stopped growing, and accused him of being the Danny Almonte of the league.
“He was the same size and the same age when we played Pop Warner football (as he is now),” joked Lynch.
“I had a growth spurt when I was like 11 or 12, and I just shot up over everybody,” Ganther said.
“It was ridiculous,” Lynch said. “Like every time he touched the ball, he scored. And when I saw that, I’m not over exaggerating. … When I was a little, snotty-nosed dude playing for the (Oakland) Saints I was like ‘Quinton’s raw. Man, I want to be like Quinton when I grow up.’ He used to just run everybody over. Jump over people, stiff arm people.”
Ganther said Lynch played for a team in Oakland while he played in Berkeley.
“You was 30 (years old) then huh?” cracked Lynch. “He was only dude on the Pop Warner team who had a full mustache and a beard. And he used to drive to Pop Warner practice. You wasn’t supposed to be doing that.”
“It was crazy,” Ganther said. “Literally parents wanted to fight me. Coaches protested to get me kicked out of the league. I was legit though.”
Ganther went on to say he’s happy to be back with the team and blocking for Lynch.
“This is my little brother right here,” Ganther said. “I love this guy to death. I wanted to play with this guy for so long. Like he said, he’s a fan of mine, but I’m a fan of him also. I love the way he plays the game. And it’s a blessing for us to be here together.”