Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said receiver Mike Williams has a strained left foot and his ankle is still in a boot, so he will not practice today. But Carroll remains hopeful that Williams can play on Sunday.
“He’s not going to do anything today, he’s still in the boot,” Carroll said. “But there’s an optimism about the injury itself, that he might be able to come back.”
Offensive guard Chester Pitts (ankle) also will not practice today, so Mike Gibson and Tyler Polumbus will be potential replacements for Pitts, with Gibson the first in line.
Michael Robinson is returning from a hamstring issue for the first time in a month, which means tight end John Carlson can go back to usual role of playing tight end and some h-back in certain situations.
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Receiver Golden Tate also is expected to practice this week after missing three weeks with an ankle injury. Tate said he’s excited to get back on the field.
“I feel like I’m finally ready to go,” Tate said. “I’ve been rehabbing and doing everything I can to get back on the field. Of course, it’s not fun watching from the sideline and not even being able to help give your team the best chance to win. I’m excited to be back out.”
Tate said the time off did give him an opportunity to get some mental reps during practice and the games.
“I learned a lot,” he said. “I’m so used to just going, going, going. But being injured, where I can’t help the situation other than rehab, I actually get to see guys like Deon Butler, Ben (Obomanu) and Mike (Williams) and how they do things. How they get releases, how they throw their shoulders, how they see the defense. So actually got a chance to slow everything down because I wasn’t doing it, I was taking mental reps. So I expect myself to come out here and be a lot better than I was at the beginning of the year.”
Carroll gushed over his former player at USC, Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel, who has 18 touchdowns and four interceptions on the year.
“He’s doing a great job for them and having a terrific season,” Carroll said. “He’s a guy I have a little background with, and to me it’s an amazing story about Matt Cassel, a guy who followed two Heisman Trophy winners and never got a chance to play in college, has just hit the scene and had a marvelous start to his career and is underway, and I couldn’t be more excited about him.”
Carroll also talked about linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who’s been playing through a knee injury and has struggled the last, few games.
“He’s battled,” Carroll said. “I thought it was tough on him last week; he had a tough game last week. He’s gone two weeks without practicing, and just tried to get a little bit of work and get out there to save his body and all of that.
“He feels much better this week than he felt any one of the last, couple weeks. I’m hoping the work that he gets this week because he’s feeling better, he had some treatment on his knees just in general, and we want to take care of him and help him out, that he’ll be better.
"We were not an effective tackling team last week, and he was part of it along with a bunch of other guys. We had trouble tackling that guy (New Orleans running back Chris Ivory). But I’m counting on him, hoping we can get him back out there regularly, maybe not for all of the work, but enough to keep him fresh. If practice isn’t important, than what are we doing? So obviously it helps, and it’s important for him.”