Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung (ankle) will practice this afternoon, and they are hopeful that the Oklahoma State product will be ready for Sunday.
“We want to see him work and see where he is,” Carroll said. “He looked good today in the walk-through moving around. We just got to see how he tolerates it, and again we’re day-to-day and we’ll figure out.
“Of course we’re all really hoping that he can feel right and feel confident that he can get his work done, and then he can show it. He’s going to need to see it himself to see if he can move, push off and do all of the stuff. He’s done a diligent job of working to get back. He hasn’t missed any phase of any aspect of the process getting back. So hopefully this will be the time we can pop it. If not this week, then next week, but we’ll just do it one day at a time and figure it out.
Carroll also said receiver Golden Tate is close to being ready and will try and go today. Defensive tackle Colin Cole (ankle) still is not ready, and Carroll was uncertain if Michael Robinson (hamstring) or Brandon Stokley (calf) would practice today.
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Matt Hasselbeck will practice today, but Carroll said that they will limit what he can do with the cracked left wrist.
“We’re going to learn as we go what’s best for him,” Carroll said. “We’re going to do some things to try to ensure him not banging his wrist. So we’ve already have a plan for it, and we’ll see how it works today.”
Carroll said linebacker Lofa Tatupu and Chris Clemons will continue to get rest this week as part of the veteran maintenance program. And concerning the Raheem Brock DUI arrest, Carroll said he’s still in the information gathering stage and has not addressed possible discipline for the defensive end.
Like they did a couple weeks ago in traveling to Chicago, Carroll said the team will leave on Friday because of the distance they are traveling to New Orleans in order to get ready for the 3 p.m. kickoff on Sunday.
Carroll talked about the possibility of facing his former player in Reggie Bush for the first time in the NFL. Bush missed seven games with a broken leg. The Saints were 2-0 when Bush was healthy, and are 4-3 since.
“I look forward to it,” Carroll said. “It’s kind of an opportunity to see the guys as we get along in the schedule and all. But it’s nothing wrong with it. It’s kind of unusual and fun to see him.”
Offensively, the Seahawks will face the tough task of preparing for a New Orleans defense headed by Greg Williams that likes to dial up a lot of exotic defenses.
“He’s always been on the cutting edge of sort of aggressive and attack,” Carroll said. “He’ll give your offense problems and outnumber you in certain situations. He’s got an enormous notebook that he can draw from. And here, coming off of two weeks and all of that, it even makes it more uncertain what they’ll do.”
Defensively, Carroll said his team has to mix it up in order to keep Drew Brees from busting loose.
“We have to do a variety of things,” Carroll said. “We have to mix our rushes and mix our coverages, and try to keep him off balance sometimes. He’s going to make a bunch of plays. We’ve got to hopefully create some plays that help us.”