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 preparation for their Week 13 road matchup against the Chicago Bears.
Carroll addressed the health of defensive end Red Bryant, noting that the 6-4, 323-pound end is “banged up” and will not practice today as he rests a pre-existing plantar fasciitis (foot) injury that has been an issue for some time.
Carroll said they will take a “wait and see” approach as to whether or not Bryant will play Sunday against the Bears. If Bryant cannot go, Carroll said defensive tackle Alan Branch will slide into Bryant’s spot at the 5-technique, and rookie defensive end Greg Scruggs will move into Branch’s spot at the 3-technique along the defensive line.
Veteran linebacker Leroy Hill will also sit out Wednesday’s practice as he rests an ankle that is still bothering him. Carroll said the club will take that same “wait and see” approach to Hill’s Week 13 status, and that second-year linebacker Malcolm Smith will step up if Hill cannot go.
Left guard James Carpenter will practice today, Carroll said. Carpenter left Sunday’s game against the Dolphins with a knee injury, but was able to return to the game.
“This is an important day for [Carpenter] coming off of a game to see how he can handle it,” Carroll said. “He didn’t get much work during last Wednesday’s practice.”
Carroll mentioned that who starts at left guard is to be determined, with Carpenter and fellow second-year offensive lineman John Moffitt competing at the spot.
On Sunday’s opponent, Carroll said the club feels familiar with the Chicago team they’ll face at Soldier Field.
“It’s more of a division game feel in that we’ve seen them recently in this setting,” he said. “It’s a very difficult challenge, but one we need to meet up to. We’re looking forward to it.”
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.