Carroll: Okung, Miller, Rice expected to play Monday

Head Coach Pete Carroll delivered what is usually his weekly Wednesday press conference today, on a Thursday, because the team’s schedule has been pushed back a day as they ready for the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football, September 24.

It was a media session relatively free of any ground-breaking news, which should be viewed as a good thing.

For some quick injury notes, Carroll expects tight end Zach Miller (foot), wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee), and tackle Russell Okung (knee) to be OK by game-time Monday night. Carroll’s only question mark was the status of cornerback Byron Maxwell. Barring any setbacks through the week of practice, he expects everyone else to be ready and available by game-time in Week 3.

Carroll also cited the big challenge that the Packers pose, offering that he has a “tremendous respect” for Green Bay’s background, style of play, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, defensive back Charles Woodson, and linebacker Clay Matthews, whom Carroll coached at USC.

“It’s sick,” Carroll said of Matthews’ NFL-leading six sacks through two games. “I don’t know how that happens.” Carroll mentioned that they will use tight ends and running backs to help block Matthews on Monday.

Stay tuned to for the full press conference shortly and our Insider Clare Farnsworth will be back with more following today’s practice.

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