Although Pete Carroll failed to mention it during this morning’s press conference, the Seahawks confirmed that defensive lineman Clifton Geathers has been waived. No word yet on how the team has filled that vacant spot on the active roster.
“We’ve looked at some stuff, had some guys in that we’ve worked out but we’re pretty much holding on to what we’ve got,” Carroll said.
Receiver Mike Williams is out of the boot and walking around, but he likely will not practice today or tomorrow as trainers try to determine how best to deal with the combination of his sprained left ankle and strained left foot.
Carroll said the same goes for Ben Obomanu, who suffered a deep cut on his right hand, will not practice for a few days. But both still could play on Sunday.
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“We’re going to give them a couple days before we do anything with them and let everything quiet down,” Carroll said. “But we’re holding out hope that those guys still have a chance to play.”
With Colin Cole returning to practice today, Carroll said he wants to get a good look at how he responds to the high ankle sprain before penciling him in as the team’s starting nose tackle on Sunday.
“I’m anxious to get him back,” he said. “It seems like it’s been forever since we’ve had him. We’ll see how he does. If he can get back to how he was playing before – he was doing very well before he left and got banged up – he makes us stout and gives us experience. He allows us to do some other things with Junior, and so it will be a welcomed return if he’s okay. He’s going to practice for the first time in six weeks today, so I can’t tell you much more than that.”
Carroll said there’s a chance that Chester Pitts returns from an ankle injury this week, but that he’s still another week away. And even when Pitts does return, Mike Gibson likely will remain the team’s left guard moving forward, and that he’s been pleased with Gibson’s play.
“Mike’s doing well,” Carroll said. “I don’t think we would do anything right now. We certainly would wait and see, and see how Chester comes back. But with the effort toward continuity, why would we go do it again, change it again. I think Mike’s earning his way, and Chester has to make it back out there and look good, prepared and really ready to contribute.” As far as preparing for Alex Smith at quarterback, Carroll said he will prepare for both quarterbacks.
“We need to see if it takes them somewhere different,” Carroll said about his team preparing for Alex Smith instead of Troy Smith. “He’s (Troy Smith) been out of the pocket more than they were before. He’s been able to get out and role and do some things in space that they weren’t featuring as much. But Alex is capable of doing all of that stuff. So we’ll just have to wait and see if the emphasis changes at all. So we have to be ready for all of it.”
Carroll actually got to see a lot of high school game film on Alex Smith because of his recruitment of Reggie Bush – the two played on the same high school team together at Helix High in La Mesa, California., but Smith was a year older.
Carroll said his focus was on Bush and how to translate his amazing athletic ability at the college level.
“The interesting thing about it is I watched Reggie’s film I can’t tell you how many times,” Carroll said. “I was trying to figure out what kind of player he was because he was so unusual. And I only had eyes for Reggie. We weren’t looking for a quarterback like that at that time, but he comes off and becomes the No. 1 guy in the draft a few years later. Obviously, I missed that. We did not recruit Alex.”