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Monday in Hawkville: Carpenter passes first big test

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 1:

FOCUS ON

James Carpenter. Last year’s first-round draft choice not only made his 2012 debut in Sunday’s 19-13 loss to the Rams in St. Louis, Carpenter played longer and better at left guard than anyone could have expected.

“James played really well,” coach Pete Carroll said today during his weekly day-after Q&A session. “He did a very, very good job. He had a couple errors in the game, which you just about have to anticipate. But we ran a lot to the left. He did a really good job of covering his guy up.”

While the Seahawks were playing their fourth regular-season game, this was basically Carpenter’s first preseason game because he missed the entire preseason while completing his rehab from the severe injury to his left knee that he got during practice last November.

“He did a really good job for his first time out,” Carroll said. “We were ready to rest him, but he hung in there well. So his conditioning was pretty good for his first time out. We’re real pleased with his first effort.”

Carpenter did miss a few plays after tweaking his right knee, but returned.

And Carpenter’s return was – and remains – timely, because right guard John Moffitt is expected to miss at least another week with the knee injury he got in the Monday night game against the Packers. So Paul McQuistan was able to move from left guard to relieve Moffitt, with Carpenter stepping in on the left side.

BARBRE RELEASED

Offensive lineman Allen Barbre is eligible to return from his four-game suspension this week, but it won’t happen with the Seahawks. The club released him today.

STATS ’N STUFF

Marshawn Lynch leads the NFL in rushing with 423 yards, and the NFC in most yards from scrimmage with 473. He also is tied for eighth with 21 first downs.

Jon Ryan is second in the league in net punting average (44.2) and sixth in average (50.3), while Leon Washington is second in kickoff return average (37.7).

Chris Clemons is tied for third in the league with five sacks, and all have come in two quarters.

Linebacker K.J. Wright continues to lead the team in tackles (30), while strong safety Kam Chancellor is second (28).

STAT DU JOUR

The Seahawks remain the only team in the NFL that is averaging more yards rushing than passing. Here’s a look the other teams that are closest to a 50/50 split:

Team                    Avg. rush yds.   Avg. pass yds.     Differential

Seahawks                  150.8                130.8                 minus-20

49ers                          167.0                179.3                 plus-12.3

Jaguars                       108.0                146.3                 plus-38.3

Bills                             158.0                229.8                 plus-71.8

Chiefs                         173.5                 246.0                plus-72.5

Vikings                        122.8                 199.0                plus-76.2

Buccaneers                  91.0                 185.0                plus-94

Texans                         136.5                 233.8               plus-97.3

UP NEXT

The players are off on Tuesday, when the coaches will compile the game plan for Sunday’s game against the Panthers in Carolina. They will return Wednesday to begin a condensed week of preparation, as the team will fly to Charlotte on Friday.

YOU DON’T SAY

“It’s the most difficult position to play in sports.” – Carroll on the quarterback position while being quizzed about the play and progress being made by rookie Russell Wilson