Maybe few see actually winning as the primary objective of the NFL all-star game.
Pete Carroll sees no other reason why Russell Wilson wasn’t the sixth Seahawk to make the Pro Bowl.
“Well, I would think if you want to win, you would have picked him. That’s all,” Seattle’s coach said of his Super Bowl- winning quarterback who has 40 victories overall, four more than Dan Marino (1983-85) and Joe Flacco (2008-10) for most by a QB in the first three seasons of an NFL career.
“I think if you want to win the game (the Pro Bowl is Jan. 25 in Glendale, Ariz., one week before the Super Bowl at the same site), he should have been picked for somebody, because he’s that much of a factor when he plays the game.
“I was kind of disappointed in that, to tell you the truth, because he has had such a great year for us. But that’s OK. We will make it (work).”
The quarterbacks on the Pro Bowl roster are Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo and Drew Brees.
Brees on Friday replaced Ben Roethlisberger, with whom Brees tied for the league lead with 4,952 yards passing this season.
Wilson enters Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game against Carolina at CenturyLink Field completing 63.1 percent of his throws for 3,475 yards with 20 touchdowns and a career-low seven interceptions. He hasn’t gotten noted nationally much for his passing because no team has thrown fewer passes this season than Seattle’s 28 per game.
But a large reason why the Seahawks led the league in rushing this regular season was Wilson’s uncanny, improvisational scrambling and running for 849 yards.
“He continues to understand the game better, and it allows him to play with more confidence and quicker and with more command,” Carroll said. “The command of the game has really been where he’s grown the most. And he will continue to grow. He’s going to get better. One of these years he’s going to complete 70 percent of those passes, which will be a great mark for him and for our club.
“But he’s doing great, and he couldn’t be more pumped and excited about going into this situation right now.”
The Seahawks list tight end Tony Moeaki as questionable for Saturday with a calf injury he got in Tuesday’s practice. Moeaki has been gaining Wilson’s trust; his last four catches have been for first downs. If he can’t play, Cooper Helfet has healed from knee and rib injuries and will play tight end, along with Luke Willson.
Backup safety and special-teams player Jeron Johnson is out with an elbow injury.
All other Seahawks on the active roster are relatively healthy following last week’s playoff bye.
The Panthers put rookie receiver Philly Brown through another test on his injured shoulder Friday and have listed him as questionable.
Brown practiced in shoulder pads Thursday in Charlotte, and coach Ron Rivera said he planned to see how Brown’s left shoulder held up under contact during Friday’s walkthrough at the University of Washington’s indoor practice facility.
Brown is the Panthers’ fastest receiver and has made a couple of long catches since taking over the No. 3 receiver spot after Jason Avant was waived in November.
The Panthers listed three other players as questionable: Backup defensive backs Melvin White (ankle) and Thomas DeCoud (hamstring), and outside linebacker A.J. Klein (ankle). Both White and DeCoud said Thursday that they expect to play.
Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is out after undergoing surgery this week for a broken foot.