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Pete Carroll: Rush end Bruce Irvin a "game-time decision" for Sunday vs. Denver; Tacoma's Isaiah Thomas visits Seahawks

The Seahawks' goal of affecting Peyton Manning Sunday with their four-man pass rush as they did in February while dismantling Denver in the Super Bowl may be missing someone on Sunday.

Rush end Bruce Irvin missed practice for the second consecutive day this afternoon, this one a lighter walk-through at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center here in Renton, and his status will be a game-time decision Sunday. He hurt his ribs in Wednesday's drills. The Seahawks list him as questionable to play Sunday.

"He didn't go today, but he feels a lot better," Carroll said. "So we thought the best thing to do was rest him again, and it'll take him right up to game time."

Marshawn Lynch is listed as probable, but that seems to be a formality. The running back sat out Wednesday with a tight back but Carroll said today: "He's fine. He practiced both Thursday and Friday, full speed."

Kam Chancellor is listed as probable and is "fine," Carroll said after the safety completed his second consecutive practice day. Chancellor watched Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury.

Tight end Zach Miller is listed as probable with an ankle injury. "Looks like he's ready to go," Carroll said.

Running back Christine Michael and rookie linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis are probable after missing two weeks with hamstring injuries. Whether Michael will be active Sunday is another matter.

And linebacker Mike Morgan's hip injury this week is now OK. He is probable. Cornerback Tharold Simon is the only Seahawk out. He had minor knee surgery two weeks ago.

--Carroll said the Seahawks had a focused week of practice, after calling the team's demeanor "serious" in the days following last weekend's loss at San Diego.

"This is a really good team, and we've got to really be on our stuff. And the guys understand that," Carroll said. "They have a lot of respect, and it showed in the way we worked."

--Asked what he expects from another sellout crowd on what is predicted to be an 86-degree afternoon Sunday at CenturyLink Field: "Well, I don't expect it to be anything but crazy and wild and our fans loving every minute of it. They've been incredible. There's never been a time that they haven't been. I'm sure this game -- the opening game was fantastic, crowd-wise. I'm expecting they will have a blast and be revved up for it."

--It was great to see Tacoma's Isaiah Thomas today visiting Seahawks headquarters. He was smiling, as usual, and in talking to him he seems thrilled over getting settled into his new home in Phoenix. He signed a couple months ago with the Suns after playing his first three NBA seasons for the Sacramento Kings. The former Washington Huskies' and Curtis High School star is now 25 years old, which is crazy for me to think. He's a father and all grown up, and so hugely deserving of his first, big free-agent contract.

Thomas signed a $27 million, four-year contract with the Suns in early July.