Carroll: “Tom Brady is as good as you can get”; Unger to sit out Wednesday

Head Coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon as part of his weekly Wednesday press conference ahead of this afternoon’s practice and preparations for their Week 6 home contest with the New England Patriots.

Carroll got right to Sunday’s matchup, calling Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, “as good as you can get” and noting that, “you can’t have more problems than they [the Patriots] present.”

New England’s accelerated no-huddle offense operates at what Carroll called a “college-tempo,” with as little as 15-17 seconds between snaps. Carroll welcomed the challenge.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to go against a great team and a great coach [Bill Belichick],” said Carroll. “You need to play against the best to find out where you sit. They have every weapon you could want.”

Included in those weapons is tight end Aaron Hernandez, who Carroll says he expects to return to game action this Sunday for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in Week 2. A season ago, Hernandez caught 79 balls for 910 yards and seven touchdowns.

On the injury front, Carroll said that defensive tackles Clinton McDonald (groin) and Jaye Howard (foot), along with guard John Moffitt (knee) and center Max Unger (hip) would sit out practice today. Carroll said that their status would be monitored as day-to-day throughout the week.

Carroll said that cornerback Walter Thurmond, the team’s fourth-round draft pick in 2010, feels ready to go as soon as he is off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list next week. Once Thurmond is off of the PUP list, he is free to practice with the team and the team will have a three-week window in which to activate him to the 53-man roster.

You can watch Carroll’s full video press conference here, and our Insiders Clare Farnsworth and Tony Ventrella will be back with more following today’s practice.

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