If you want to know which players are going to see time on Saturday and how much, don’t bother reading further because Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had his poker face on today.
“We’ll find out on game night,” Carroll said, when asked how much the starters will play on Saturday. “Of course we do. We’ve already talked a lot about it. But not to reveal any of our plans at this point, but we have a whole plan for it. And hopefully we’ll be ready to stick to it, and we have to adapt as the game goes on.”
I believe quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will play sparingly if not at all on Saturday, but Carroll would not say reveal the plan for his starting quarterback, who has been limited in terms of reps so far this camp.
Carroll did say that backup Charlie Whitehurst and J.P. Losman will see plenty of time.
One person you should see a lot of is rookie WR Golden Tate. Carroll said he will be involved offensively as well as the kicking game, as they try to get the Notre Dame product ready for the regular season.
Carroll also talked about making the importance of making the game-day adjustments from college to the NFL game, including managing the clock and two-minute drills, and how the preseason games will gave a chance for his staff to work out the kinks before the regular season begins.
“In the college game we might have had four or five really critical two-minute situations in nine years,” Carroll said. “So that’s different. And so I look forward to that. And we’ve practiced it a lot.”
Carroll said defensive coordinator Gus Bradley will call the plays this year, similar to what he did last year with Jim Mora.
Carroll said Linebacker Aaron Curry is a go for Saturday, after his third straight practice returning from a concussion.
Injury update: Linebacker Lofa Tatupu (hamstring) tested today, and would likely play if the game actually meant something. But I suspect the Seahawks will let Tatupu be a spectator on Saturday.
Linebacker Leroy Hill was not on the field for a second straight day, and Carroll indicated it could be “a few weeks" before he is ready to return to the field. Hill suffered a sprained knee when he got caught in a pile-up during Tuesday’s practice.
“It’s going to be a few weeks probably before our guys will want him to go out there and go full speed,” Carroll said. “He’s reacted great too it, and he can get around all right. The signs are all positive, but we’ve got to make sure and do this right.”
Others who did not practice include OG Mike Gibson (headaches), WR Kole Heckendorf (headaches), DE Lawrence Jackson (hamstring), RB Louis Rankin (hamstring), LB Joe Pawelek (hamstring), DT Jonathan Lewis and OT Ray Willis.
WR Mike Williams returned to practice after two days watching from the sidelines nursing an ankle sprain, and his absence did not go unnoticed by offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, who seemed to indicate the USC product does not have a roster spot locked up.
“He can’t be missing practices,” Bates said. “You’ve got to be out here on the practice field to get better. And he’s just got to find a way. He missed two days, and he came back today and had a strong day. But for all of the guys, we still have months, so we’re not naming any starters or who’s made the team. So you’ve got to keep grinding. He’s done a great job, but he has to understand this is still a process, and he’s still competing.”
The other AP in the house: The Seahawks hadn’t made a roster move in a couple days, but they did so today, bringing in former Chicago Bears running back Adrian Peterson, who actually had not gotten a playbook yet got plenty of reps in practice today. Carroll said he liked Peterson’s ability as a special teams player, and he expects him to play on Saturday. The team released WR Matt Simon to make room for Peterson.
“John knew something about him over the years,” Carroll said. “He’s been a very solid special teams player, and we needed a little depth at running back right now as we look at it.”
OL Pitts making progress: Carroll said offensive lineman Chester Pitts (knee) is making good progress going through his regular workouts with the team’s training staff.
“He’s not more than a couple weeks away from really showing something,” Carroll said.
Seattle’s other player on the active PUP list, cornerback Josh Pinkard (knee) also is making progress and is about a week away from going through testing.
Some tidbits from practice:
* For his first practice and not having looked at a playbook, I thought Adrian Peterson looked OK. He seems to be more of a slasher than a darter, which is how most of the guys run currently on Seattle’s roster.
* Kam Chancellor had a big hit against cornerback Marcus Brown, who was playing running back for the scout team with all of the injuries at running back.
* Golden Tate again made a nice play today, splitting safeties Earl Thomas and Lawyer Milloy and coming back for a deep ball from J.P. Losman.
* Walter Thurmond almost had a pick after jumping an out route to WR Deon Butler from Charlie Whitehurst.
* WR Deion Branch made a one-handed grab on a go route from Hasselbeck. Carroll continues to rave about Branch and believe he will be special this year.