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Carroll says Curry still part of team

There’s been some speculation that the Seattle Seahawks are potentially interested in trading the team’s first-round draft pick from 2009, linebacker Aaron Curry.

According to this report, five teams have contacted the Seahawks about possibly making a deal, including Philadelphia, Arizona, the N.Y. Giants, Carolina and Kansas City.

However, this report is unsubstantiated by other news outlets and has not been confirmed by the Seahawks.

Earlier during training camp the Seahawks restructured Curry’s contract, making it easier to part ways with the underperforming linebacker at season’s end if they choose.

Curry agreed to cut his rookie deal from six to four years. In return for giving up $5 million in guaranteed salary Curry’s due to make in 2012, he can become a free agent at the end of that season – two years earlier at the age of 27.

The No. 4 overall draft pick in the 2009 draft was demoted to second team last week, with rookie K.J. Wright getting the nod.

Carroll said that Wright did a solid job in place of Curry, and that he doesn’t anticipate that situation changing this week.

“We’ll go to Wednesday and see how that goes, and see what that all means,” Carroll said. “But he (Wright) did play well enough to play again. He did a good job.”

Asked if he anticipates a role for Curry still in Seattle, Carroll had this to say:

“Yeah, sure he’s on our team. We’re counting on him playing and contributing. He was involved in a number of different situations yesterday. We’ll see how it goes. I’m not sure what’s going to happen this week. I don’t have to know right now.”

Carroll said receive Sidney Rice came through the first game fine after sitting out the first two games with a damaged shoulder.

“He was really encouraged that he could make it through, and he felt all right and he was an active part of it,” Carroll said. “And he came out feeling good.”

Carroll also said that quarterback Tarvaris Jackson had no residual affects from his leg getting rolled up on in the fourth quarter after the fumbled shotgun snap that Anthony McCoy recovered in Seattle territory.

Matt McCoy (concussion) is okay to play, and Kam Chancellor suffered a thigh bruise. That is the extent of Seattle’s injury situation from the game on Sunday.

Carroll addressed the fact that his team allowed four sacks in the first half, saying that Jackson had to do a better job of getting rid of the ball when receivers are covered down field.

That said, Carroll overall has been pleased with the fact that Jackson has not turned the ball over a lot in those situations.

“The calls that we had, they had nice calls on and guys got covered up and there was nowhere to go with the football,” Carroll said. “So that’s just a matter of making the right decisions once that occurs. Some of it is to escape, and Tarvaris has instincts for that, and he has good feet and he can get out, which he did.

“And there’s a couple times where he’s going to have to throw the ball away, so that we can avoid the sacks. But he’s doing a nice job, and again he’s protecting the ball so well. We’re learning and we’re growing, and he’s trying to not give them the football at every turn. And some of that is to not force the football in there, and he shouldn’t have. Those decisions were fine.”

Carroll also was impressed with the play of rookie offensive tackle James Carpenter, saying he played well for a second straight game.

“He’s improving, but he has more to go,” Carroll said about Carpenter. “And halfway through the season he should be a pretty accomplished right tackle for us. It’s going to take him a little while, but we’re certainly seeing good things.

“And you see positive plays where he gets great movement. And when he blows guys out and makes big blocks, so you know he has a high end then.”