Seattle Seahawks

Short week will test Seahawks’ preparation

RENTON — The Seahawks’ 5-1 start has become a measurement of perspective.

Curmudgeons will point to epic special teams gaffes and an offense that has yet to fully find its way, at least when the measuring point is the end of last season.

Optimists will point out two starters on the offensive line are still missing, the Seahawks have played half their games on the road, are yet to put together a perfect game and are still 5-1. That’s good for a tie atop the NFC.

There’s no question which side effervescent coach Pete Carroll aligns with. The next time he’s called cantankerous will be the first.

Monday afternoon, Carroll was amused at times by the questions he fielded. He wanted to point out one thing: he thinks the Seahawks moved forward Sunday in their 20-13 win over Tennessee, no matter how it may have looked at times to outsiders.

“I thought we got better in some areas and it didn’t always look like that to you, but we’re making progress,” Carroll said.

The Seahawks will use a different strategy to move forward during a short week. With only three days to prepare, Seattle’s practices will essentially be reduced to walkthroughs. Game plans and situations will be discussed. Most physical activity will be reduced.

That will especially be the case for Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons, who hyperextended his elbow Sunday. Clemons had an

MRI taken, which showed “a little issue in there,” according to Carroll.

“They’re going to have to figure out if he can come back from it,” Carroll said. “It’s basically a tolerance deal. It’s going to be a challenge for him to get on a short week.”

Carroll said Clemons does not need surgery.

Wide receiver Percy Harvin, who is coming off hip surgery Aug. 1, has been on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, but is eligible to come off this week.

He ran on the field during pregame Sunday. He’s been running hard on the side as he works his way back. Again, the short week will limit the Seahawks’ options.

“We won’t expect him to play this week,” Carroll said. “We’ll find out how far along he’s come. Everything’s going great. There’s been really no setbacks now and he’s ahead of schedule in a number of areas.

“It’s looking good, but I can’t tell you if that’s a month or three weeks. I don’t know.”

It also still sounds like right tackle Breno Giacomini is a ways off. He had some fluid drained over the weekend from his surgically repaired knee. Carroll said he was hoping that Giacomini could be back to practice within the “next couple of weeks.”

Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner is also doubtful to play Thursday. He’s still recovering from a high ankle sprain that kept him out of last week’s game. K.J. Wright took over in the middle and Malcolm Smith filled Wright’s outside spot.

“(Smith) had no problem at all,” Carroll said. “He had some really good plays, good coverage work and some real nice tackles. K.J. Wright ran the whole show. He did a great job of making the calls and the adjustments and all of that. He played a good solid game as well. He’s real comfortable inside, it’s not a big transition for K.J., he loves playing inside. We’re very fortunate to have the depth to be able to withstand that.”

They’ll likely test that again Thursday against Arizona.