Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said, contrary to what offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates told us on Thursday, the starting left tackle will be a game-time decision.
Bates had indicated on Thursday that Tyler Polumbus would be the starter on Sunday against San Francisco. But Carroll is holding out hope that veteran Chester Pitts, who did get some reps this week with the first team, will be ready on Sunday.
“We’re going to make sure we see how the whole week wore on him,” Carroll said. “He practiced enough to be ready to play in this game. Tyler did a really good job also, so we’re in good shape there. But it’s really important that we do this right with Chester, and we bring him back when he’s healthy and ready to go for the long haul.”
Carroll said linebacker David Hawthorne (hip) is ready to go and will play on Sunday. Carroll did not say if Hawthorne would start, but he is not out there with the first unit, then Will Herring will get the start at weak-side outside linebacker.
The Seahawks elected team captains, and Matt Hasselbeck was elected for the offense, Lofa Tatupu for the defense and Roy Lewis for special teams.
The Roy Lewis selection was somewhat of a surprise, particularly because the University of Washington product seemed on the fringe of making the team. But Carroll has liked Lewis’ effort so far, both during offseason workout and training camp.
Tight end Anthony McCoy (ankle) is probable and recent addition defensive end Raheem Brock (back) should be a go on Sunday.
Carroll said he likes the addition of Brock because of his length and his ability to back up Clemons as a pass rusher. You might also see Brock come in on third down situations to pair with Clemons.
“We brought him here to help us with the pass rush,” Carroll said. “He has flexibility to play inside and outside in the nickel package. He’ll play Clem’s spots in early downs. That’s something we didn’t have – a legitimate defensive end type of a backup. And so we got that, and we’re anxious to see how he contributes there.’
As far as the speculation that right tackle Sean Locklear is being shopped around the league, Carroll said the North Carolina State product will remain with the team.
“He’s with us, and we’re happy and thrilled to have him with us,” Carroll said.
As far as veteran running back Julius Jones and safety Jordan Babineaux, both did take a pay cut to return to the team. According to the NFL Players Association database, Jones will make a base salary of $1.25 million this season, with the rest of his contract voided. Jones was scheduled to make $2.45 million this season and $2.8 million in 2011.
Babineaux was scheduled to make $2.45 million base salary this season, but was cut and re-signed to a one-year, $1.25 million deal.