Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon ahead of the team’s 1:30 p.m. PT “Competition Wednesday” practice and preparation for the club’s Week 10 road contest with the Atlanta Falcons.
Carroll said he threw around with wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) before the team’s walk-through practice today and was impressed with his work out, but noted that Harvin would not practice with the team on Wednesday.
“We’re excited that he’s strong and feeling good,” said Carroll. “We’ll see what he can do in the days ahead.”
Carroll emphasized that it is a matter of when – not if – the wide receiver will return to action this season. While the club feels confident in what Harvin has demonstrated in his recovery from his August hip surgery, Carroll said they need to make sure he’s physically fit in all areas, as Harvin’s aggressive playstyle as a runner, returner, and receiver features quick cuts and breaks in route-running, changes in direction, and leaves him vulnerable to some of the more violent hits on the field.
“We just have to do it right because we want him to finish the season with us and have this not be an issue,” Carroll said. “For him to play at this level he’s got to be ready to go.
“When he really feels secure, solid, and great, then we’ll bust him out.”
Below are some more news and notes from Carroll’s Wednesday presser:
- Right tackle Breno Giacomini (knee) and left tackle Russell Okung (toe) will return to practice this week. Carroll reiterated that it’s unrealistic Giacomini will be ready for this week’s game against the Falcons. Okung is eligible to return for the team’s November 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
- Carroll said center Max Unger and defensive end Red Bryant (concussions) would not practice Wednesday. “Both guys are really determined to make it back (this week) if possible, but we’ve got to do this right,” Carroll said. More will be known on the pair’s status toward the end of the week.
- As we’ve seen throughout this season, running back Marshawn Lynch‘s practice status will be managed throughout the week. Carroll said Lynch would not practice Wednesday.
- Strong safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring) is expected to return to practice this week with the hope of being ready for next week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Carroll said fullback Derrick Coleman (hamstring) is not as close in his return.
- Carroll heard back from NFL officials on the pass interference call that went against free safety Earl Thomas in last Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “It should not have been called,” Carroll said. Thomas appeared to have picked off the pass from Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon on the play.
- Carroll said Malcolm Smith could see “elevated opportunities” in the linebacker rotation to help keep the unit at their best. Carroll said tackle Alvin Bailey would receive a similar treatment along the offensive line.
- “There are some games you don’t want to forget because they keep you going – this is one of them,” Carroll on last year’s postseason-ending loss to the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.