Monday in Hawkville: Concussions leaving Wright and Carpenter up in the air

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 5:


James Carpenter

James Carpenter

The heads of K.J. Wright and James Carpenter. The Seahawks’ strongside linebacker and left guard have concussions, so their availability for this week’s game against the Jets at CenturyLink Field is unknown at this time.

That was the word today from coach Pete Carroll during his weekly day-after Q&A session with the media. Wright was concussed on the opening drive of Sunday’s 30-20 victory over the Vikings, while Carpenter was unable to play in the game because of a concussion he got last week.

“We’ll know more by Wednesday,” Carroll said when asked about Wright, who had been the team’s leading tackler before missing most of Sunday’s game.

As for Carpenter, Carroll said, “Same circumstances as K.J., really.”

Those circumstances require each player to pass a battery of tests before they are cleared to practice. That process is underway, but Carroll said it could be a couple of days before the status of either player can be determined.

“We’ll know more in a couple days,” Carroll said. “You’ll hear more about that on Wednesday.”

Asked if either could practice on Wednesday, Carroll said, “The process almost doesn’t allow them to practice Wednesday.”

John Moffitt, who had missed the previous five games with a knee injury, was able to step in for Carpenter and “all in all, he did a good job,” Carroll said. Mike Morgan took over for Wright and Carroll labeled his performance “adequate.”


Russell Okung

Russell Okung

Russell Okung. The Vikings’ Jared Allen entered Sunday’s game with seven sacks and also left Sunday’s game with seven sacks. Credit Okung, the Seahawks’ third-year left tackle who was matched against the defensive end who led the NFL with 22 sacks last season.

“Russell did very well. He handled it fine,” Carroll said. “And Jared came after him and tried to get in his head a little bit and Russell handled it like a real vet.”

It wasn’t the first time. Okung also did not allow a sack to the Packers’ Clay Matthews in Week 3, and he has nine sacks in his other games to tie for second in the league.

“Russell’s playing good steady football and doing a good job,” Carroll said. “And he’s seen some good football players. And there’s none more difficult and challenging than Jared. So that was a good game for him. I thought it was a real solid game for Russell.”


Run defense. In their past three games, the Seahawks have allowed 243 rushing yards to the Vikings – 182 by Adrian Peterson; and 175 rushing yards to the 49ers – 131 by Frank Gore. So a unit that ranked No. 2 in the league against the run entering the San Francisco game, allowing an average of 70 yards, is now No. 11, allowing an average of 102.4.

What the 49ers and Vikings did to run for all those yards came from different schemes, but Carroll said steps already are being taken to rectify the situation.

“I do think we’re over trying a little bit,” Carroll said. “Just in general, guys are trying to live up to the expectations. We’re trying really hard, and at times that takes you out of your game. That’s something we’re really concerned about. We just want to play the way we’re capable of playing. Sometimes guys try to go beyond their responsibilities to make a play and get in a bad situation

“To play good run defense you have to be extraordinarily disciplined.”


Defensive lineman Jason Jones, one of the tackles in the nickel line, and wide receiver Braylon Edwards did not play against the Vikings because of ankle and knee injuries. But Carroll said each could return this week.

Strong safety Kam Chancellor got a bruised thigh when he was kicked in Sunday’s game, but he is not expected to miss any practice time.

Carroll said the club has until next Monday to decide whether to add cornerback Walter Thurmond to the 53-man roster. He began the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list after having surgery on his left fibula twice in a five-month period. Thurmond returned to practice two weeks ago.


Two of the first three teams the Seahawks beat at home this season have been on rolls since those losses. Here’s a look at how the Seahawks’ CenturyLink victims have fared:

Opponent (week)       Prior record     Record since

Cowboys (Week 2)           1-0                   2-4

Packers (Week 3)              1-1                   5-1

Patriots (Week 6)              3-2                   2-0

Vikings (Week 9)               5-3                   ?-?


The players have their off day on Tuesday before returning on Wednesday to begin practicing for Sunday’s game against the Jets.

Defensive end Red Bryant will sign autographs from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the CenturyLink Field Pro Shop.


“Russell Wilson at home: 4-0, nine touchdowns, no interceptions.” – Peter King, ranking the Seahawks at No. 11 in the “Fine Fifteen” section of his Monday Morning Quarterback at

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