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Carroll: Martin out; Tate expected back; Moffitt to start at RG

Head coach Pete Carroll spoke with reporters this afternoon at Virginia Mason Athletic Center as part of his weekly Wednesday press conference, and offered a few interesting nuggets of knowledge before his team hits the practice field today at 1:30 for “Competition Wednesday.”

Carroll said that wide receiver Charly Martin, who suffered a bruised lung in last Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals, has been ruled out for this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys. Carroll called the injury “fairly serious” and they will monitor Martin’s status through next week.

With Martin out, Carroll was asked if the team will make a move to add a wide receiver to the active roster, to which Carroll replied there is no plan to do so at this time.

Wide receiver Golden Tate, who missed Week 1 while resting a knee injury, is expected to practice today.

John Moffitt is set to get the start at right guard Sunday against the Cowboys, replacing J.R. Sweezy, who got the start in Week 1. Carroll called the right guard position, “a very competitive spot” and he expects Sweezy to see playing time in Week 2, despite not being named the starter.

Left tackle Russell Okung, who left the season-opener against Arizona with a bruised knee, will not practice today. Carroll is hopeful Okung will be ready by weekend, but in his place will be veteran tackle Frank Omiyale.

“Frank is an equipped player,” said Carroll. “He’s started on both sides [of the line]. We won’t change much there if he goes instead of Russell [Okung].”

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin will practice in full today after receiving dental work to repair his two front teeth that were knocked loose when Baldwin dove for a ball in the end zone against the Cardinals in Week 1.

“His smile looks remarkable,” Carroll said. “A couple of days ago he looked like a sawtooth guy.”

Backup quarterback Matt Flynn will be limited in today’s practice with a sore elbow on his throwing arm. Carroll noted that Flynn is not 100 percent quite yet.

Seahawks Insider Clare Farnsworth will be back with more following today’s practice.


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