A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 10:
Charly Martin. The free-agent wide receiver did just about everything he could to catch Russell Wilson’s third-down pass into the end zone in the closing seconds of Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Cardinals in Arizona – including bruising a lung.
Martin remains in a Phoenix hospital and could miss a couple of weeks with the injury, coach Pete Carroll said during his day-after Q&A session.
“It’s pretty serious,” Carroll said of Martin, adding that he will not return to Seattle until Tuesday or Wednesday. “We’re going to have to take care of Charly and bring him back. It’s going to be a couple of weeks for him.”
Martin caught one pass for 15 yards in the 20-16 loss to the Cardinals.
In other injury news:
Left tackle Russell Okung has a bruised knee. He also was injured on the Seahawks’ final possession, which ended with rookie QB Russell Wilson throwing three incompletions from the Cardinals’ 4-yard line.
“All the tests proved that he’s clear,” Carroll said. “We’ll see how he comes back Wednesday and Thursday, but we expect him to make it through the week and play (in Sunday’s home opener against the Cowboys).”
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin will have dental work done on Tuesday after he “got his teeth knocked in,” as Carroll put it, on that fateful final drive while trying to make a lunging catch in the end zone.
“It was mess,” Carroll said. “But he’ll be OK, I think, this week.”
Starting split end Golden Tate, who missed the game because of a knee injury, could return to practice on Wednesday.
Last season, the Seahawks were penalized a franchise-record 138 times for 1,047 yards – the second-highest total in club history. Carroll thought he had taken the necessary steps to reduce the problems, and felt the proof was the team being penalized 21 times for 186 yards in four preseason games.
Now he has to think again, after the Seahawks were flagged 13 times for 90 wrong-way yards against the Cardinals.
“Really disappointing,” he said. “Really disappointing after all the time we put into it. We all take a hit there. It’s a major emphasis for us. The fact that it showed up like that was really disappointing.”
The infractions ranged from two false-start penalties against Okung, to two delay-of-game calls that are charged to Wilson, to a pass-interference penalty on cornerback Richard Sherman.
“We can’t go there,” Carroll said. “We can’t play football that way and expect to be as effective as we hope to be here soon. We’ve addressed it and we’ve worked hard at it. These guys have taken it to heart. It’s just terrible that it showed up again, because it’s something that we’re trying to put behind us.”
The players are off Tuesday while the coaches work on the game plan for the Cowboys, who beat the defending Super Bowl champion Giants in their opener last Wednesday. The players will return on Wednesday to begin preparing for the home opener.
Tight end Zach Miller will sign autographs from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the CenturyLink Field Pro Shop.
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“There’s a lot of stadiums in the NFL that are loud. Seattle happens to be one that is fairly loud, but we can’t let that be an issue.” – Cowboys center Ryan Cook