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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



February 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

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Carpenter's recovery improves

INDIANAPOLIS -- James Carpenter is coming back, turning a corner in his rehabilitation from a season-ending knee injury.

There's no timetable for when he'll be able to come back to practice. Not only that, there's also a question of where he will be coming back to.

"He's doing better," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said. "James had a very nasty, a real nasty injury. He's got a long road ahead of him, but he kind of got over that hump where he kind of got off the crutches and was able to get around on his own a little bit."

Carpenter suffered a torn anterior-cruciate ligament during a one-on-one drill in practice on Nov. 16. Chosen in the first round with the 25th pick, Carpenter started nine games as a rookie, all but one of them at right tackle.

He was replaced at that position by Breno Giacomini, who started the final seven games of the season at right tackle. Giacomini played well enough the Seahawks re-signed him to a two-year contract that could end up paying him more than $7 million when it's all said and done.

"He played real well," Schneider said, "so we were really worried about losing him quite honestly. So we wanted to be able to have him to cover for James, and we may move James, too. James may play some left guard."

Hmmmm, now that's interesting. Seattle certainly didn't choose Carpenter in the first round with the intention of moving him to guard, though he did start at that spot in the Week 1 season-opener when Robert Gallery was out with an injury.

Is Seattle considering the move because of Giacomini's performance at right tackle or because guard might be a better fit for Carpenter's.

"Both," he said. "It's an option for us. It's a deal where Breno really kind of jumped into Tom (Cable's) system. He took off. Did a great job."


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Naw, you guys are looking at it all wrong. The important thing is we have options on... MORE
. So, Carpenter was drafted in the first round and gets hurt after nine games. ... MORE
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