Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had no specific updates on the status of Marshawn Lynch or Brandon Mebane during his ESPN 710 Seattle radio show Monday.
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did not offer specific updates on injuries to running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane that held them out of the second half of Sunday’s game against the Bears during his regular day-after-game coach’s radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle.
But Carroll did offer some additional insight into the situation with Lynch, who had been listed as questionable entering the game with a calf injury. Lynch did some early warm-ups on the field and was declared active to play, but then did not participate in full-team pre-game warmups and didn’t take to the fielduntil midway through the first quarter.
“His neck was sore during the week and he came back and practiced on Thursday and had a good day, showed some good signs and just kind of didn’t feel quite right (on Sunday),” Carroll said. “So he gets to pre-game and meeting with the doctors and all and by the time they got done and going through everything, MRI reports and all that kind of stuff, he wasn’t on schedule for getting out there. So by the time he got through his warmup and all that he missed the whole pregame and then when he got out there he just couldn’t get going again and so he didn’t feel right so we couldn’t play him.”
Carroll, though, didn’t say what Lynch’s status would be for the game against Detroit a week from Monday. After carrying the ball five times in the first half, Lynch sat out the second half with what was announced as a hamstring injury. Carroll said after Sunday’s game the hamstring injury was nothing to be alarmed about.
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Thomas Rawls filled in for Lynch and had 104 yards on 16 carries and Carroll noted excitedly that he “seeks guys out downfield. He barrels them.He gores them like a bull running into you.”
As for Mebane, Carroll referred to the injury as a strained groin but said he had no further update on his condition.
Here are a few other thoughts from Carroll:
— Asked about the impact of the return of Kam Chancellor, Carroll said “it’s confidence. It’s the confidence that he brings and that others feel because he’s there. Communication, that is better, but it’s the confidence that they feel that if he makes a call, they know it’s the right one. It just makes us better to have him around.”
— Carroll noted that rookie DL Frank Clark played more against the Bears by design (unofficially, he had 20 snaps) and said he played well. “Excited,”Carroll said. “Don’t know what the top end is to that one but going to keep shooting for it.”
— Carroll said the first pass of the game,which went to Jimmy Graham “could have gone anywhere”and said there was no specific plan to get the ball to Graham more but that it just worked out that way. Graham had even catches on eight targets for 83 yards.
— Carroll said the plan was to pass more ater the success in that area last week and that they thought the pass protection would be “a little better” than it was.That helped lead to the team running it more in the second half. “We ran the ball really effectively in the first half but we only ran it five times,”Carroll said (officially, nine).
— Carroll said center Drew Nowak had a good game and said the line’s run blocking was the best it has been. “The movement on the line of scrimmage was the best we’ve had,” he said.
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— Carroll said the sacks of Russell Wilson weren’t all due solely to line play noting that Wilson “had a couple of chances to step up and buy more time. So that all fits together.”
— Carroll acknowledged the trick play punt return was the exact same as that run against them by the Rams last season. “There are a lot of football plays that everybody runs,” he said. “That’s the same play.”