Pete Carroll was full of regret over his press conference last week prior to the Seattle Seahawks preseason opener against the Denver Broncos. In his eyes, he divulged way too many details about who would play and how much.
“I thought I had a really bad performance on that one, so be prepared to hear nothing about who is playing,” Carroll said to open his presser on Friday. “I gave you way too much last time.”
He was true to his word, staying mum regarding what to expect in Minnesota.
“You’ll have to wait and see until gametime,” Carroll added.
Carroll did share several updates for many players on the roster, which helps us guess who will be out there on Sunday in Minnesota. It should be noted that most starters, Russell Wilson included, are expected to play against the Vikings.
Here's all the newsworthy information from the Seahawks head coach:
- Bobby Wagner made his return to practice after getting a procedure on his knee last week. He looked to be at full speed during individual drills, but he didn’t participate in 7-on-7s or team periods. He won’t play against the Vikings, but Carroll didn’t rule out seeing him at some point in the preseason.
- Ziggy Ansah had a minor setback, suffering a groin strain five days ago. Carroll said the strain will have no impact on his availability for Week 1 and added that his shoulder is at full strength.
- Geno Smith (knee) made a “remarkable recovery” and was in pads on Friday. He went through individual work but, like Wagner, didn’t participate in any other portion of practice. Smith is clearly doing his best to be available on Sunday.
- Will Dissly is “fully back” as far as the Seahawks are concerned and could make his preseason debut against the Vikings.
- Shaquem Griffin’s bruised knee flared up, leaving his status for Sunday up in the air. He didn’t practice on Friday.
- Mike Iupati (foot) had an “unfortunate calf thing” during workouts. There’s no timetable for his return to practice.
- Marquise Blair is working at free safety and strong safety. My guess is that the Seahawks want him to be the No. 2 at both spots. He had an interception to end practice on Friday against Paxton Lynch, showing his awareness, anticipation, closing speed and ball skills. Now Blair must show the coaches that he can be tight with his responsibilities and assignments. Carroll doesn’t like players to freelance outside of the defensive scheme.
- Carroll had high praise of Al Woods, and it sounds like the veteran defensive tackle is the odds on favorite to start in place of Jarran Reed to open the season. “We’re excited that we’ve got him,” Carroll said.
- Jamar Taylor had another strong practice on Friday in what has been a productive week for him. He kept up with Tyler Lockett stride-for-stride on two separate 1-on-1 reps. Carroll called him “very competitive, fast and explosive.” Taylor is competing at nickel and outside corner.
- Bo Scarbrough has a groin strain and may not play against Minnesota.
- Jacob Hollister (groin) is back at practice and should make his preseason debut on Sunday.