Head Coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon as part of his weekly Wednesday press conference ahead of this afternoon’s 1:30 p.m. practice and preparations for their Week 12 road matchup with the Miami Dolphins.
Asked about the status of offensive guard James Carpenter, who had not cleared concussion testing as of Monday of this week after missing the team’s Week 10 game against the New York Jets, Carroll said the second-year lineman will practice today.
“He’s been cleared,” Carroll said. “We’re anxious to see how he handles it.”
Carroll was asked if Carpenter will move back into the starting lineup and replace fellow second-year lineman John Moffitt, and the coach said he will take a “wait and see” approach to that move as they continue to evaluate the week of practice.
“We’ll see how the week goes and take it one day at a time,” he said.
Second-year linebacker K.J. Wright was back during Monday’s bonus practice session. Wright had also missed the team’s Week 10 game against the Jets with a concussion. On Wright, Carroll said he brings a savvy, awareness and advanced level of communication to the rest of the defense.
“It’s a big boost to get him back out there,” said Carroll.
Carroll called today’s practice one of the most important practices of the year, and it is easy to understand why. The club is back from the bye week and has everybody healthy, according to Carroll. Carroll said it is important to take advantage of the remaining padded practices, as under the new CBA players are limited to a certain number of padded practices as a nod toward improving player safety. With everybody expected back and with everybody expected to be in pads, Carroll said the focus of today’s session will be on controlling the line of scrimmage, with plenty of hitting involved.
Our Insiders Clare Farnsworth and Tony Ventrella will be back with more following today’s player availability and practice session. And in case you missed it, stay tuned to Seahawks.com for Carroll’s full video press conference.