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Carroll says Sidney Rice will play, calls report about rift with GM Schneider "extraordinarily irresponsible"

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll didn’t mince words when asked to respond about a potential rift between himself and general manager John Schneider, according to a report by Eric Edholm from Pro Football Weekly.

“I think that’s extraordinarily irresponsible,” Carroll said. “It’s inaccurate. It’s lazy, and I wouldn’t believe a word they said.

“That’s so far from the truth. John and I are as close as you can get. I’ve never been any closer to anyone I’ve ever worked with. And every decision we make, we make together.

So they don’t even understand. So whatever that was – and I don’t know who those guys were or where they came from – but they were just dead wrong.”

Wait, there’s more.

“It’s just weak that someone would say something like that,” Carroll said. “They know nothing. They never talked to us. They never seen us, and they know nothing about what we’re all about.”

Edholm appeared on Brock Huard and Mike Salk of ESPN 710 Seattle's radio show this morning to defend his report, which you can listen to here.

Back to the field, Carroll said receiver Sidney Rice made it through the week okay and is set to start on Sunday.

“He’s going to play,” Carroll said. “He’s still probable. We’ve got to make sure he wakes up right and all that. But he had a great week, and we’re excited to have him back.”

Rice said he felt good enough to play last week at Pittsburgh, but team trainers and coaching staff felt an extra week of preparation would be best.

“I tried to get out there and sneak a few reps, but they kept pulling me out of there last week,” Rice said. “This week I was able to get out there starting Wednesday full-go, didn’t get pulled out of any drills or anything like that. And I also had no problems with my shoulder.”

Rice said there’s no uncertainty regarding his shoulder heading into Sunday.

“I’m fine,” he said. “If there were any questions, I’m sure Coach (Carroll) and those guys wouldn’t even have me out there. But I feel comfortable and ready to go. And we’ll see how it goes on Sunday.”

On the linebacker Aaron Curry's situation, all Carroll would say is rookie K.J. Wright will play some on Sunday, but he would not say who will start between the two at outside linebacker.

“He had a good week,” Carroll said. “He did just fine, and he’s going to play.”

Asked where does Curry stand now that Wright appears to be the starter, Carroll had this to say: “We’re just waiting. This is just this week, and we’ll see where we go. It’s competition. And a guy (Wright) gets a chance to do something. And we’ll see what he does when he gets his opportunities and all of that. I can’t predict that. But buy his play early, and by his ability to pick things up, he’s really shown that he needs to get on the field. So when Hawthorne came back, it’s shifted things around a little bit. So we’ll see how it works out.”

For Seattle, OL Robert Gallery (groin), OT Jarriel King (ankle), FB Michael Robinson (ankle) and Byron Maxwell (ankle) did not practice and our out.

Rice (shoulder) and Malcolm Smith (hamstring) are probably.

For Arizona, TE Jim Dray (pectoral) did not practice and is out. WR Chansi Stuckey (hamstring), LB Daryl Washington (calf), WR DeMarco Sampson (hamstring), RB LeRod Stehens-Howling (hand) and RB Benie Wells (hamstring) are questionable.

LB Paris Lenon (groin) and LB Joey Porter (knee) are probable.