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



September 17, 2012 at 3:44 PM

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Seahawks updates on Russell Okung, John Moffitt and Byron Maxwell

Here are some personnel notes from coach Pete Carroll's day-after press conference.

• CB Byron Maxwell did not play in the second half after suffering what Carroll said was a "first-degree hamstring kind of thing."

How serious that first-degree hamstring kind of thing is remains to be seen.

"We have to wait and see how it works out," Carroll said. "It might not be that serious, but we don't know."

Maxwell is a second-year cornerback who sat out the season-opener with a shoulder injury. His main role has been on special teams so far after being selected in the sixth round out of Clemson last year.

• Left tackle Russell Okung was ruled out of Sunday's game after testing his bruised knee before the game.

"He wasn't full speed," Carroll said. "He couldn't go. He tried really hard to get back last couple of days, and did the work on the field and was at practice, and was practicing, but we just needed to see if he could take another step on that day and get a little better. But he wasn't good enough to be able to protect himself and play at a high level."

Frank Omiyale started in Okung's place. Will Okung be available for Week 3?

"I think so," Carroll said. "I think he should be. It was close enough that he should be able to make it particularly with a couple of days here where we can rest him."

John Moffit started at right guard, and rookie J.R. Sweezy replaced him at the end of both the first and second halves. The playing time at that position is something that is under consideration.

"John did fine," Carroll said. "He got banged up a little bit so J.R. jumped in there, and J.R. got some good play at the end like we had hoped. So we just keep making progress and go. We'll decide that during the week how it's going. But the competition is definitely on there, and John did all right. J.R. played pretty well, too. Neither one of them had really any glaring mistakes that would hurt their cause. Both could play better, but they did a nice job."

James Carpenter is expected to get a full week of practice this week, but is probably still a couple of weeks away from being a consideration to return to the field in a game. Carpenter was last year's first-round pick, and he's recovering from a torn knee ligament suffered in November 2011. A right tackle last season, he is currently working at left guard for the Seahawks.

"He practiced about 80 percent of last week," Carroll said, "and that's an enormous accomplishment for him. We're going to see if we can get him a full week here, and see what that tells us about him and how he handles it. He's way ahead of schedule. We're thrilled with what he's doing, and the fact that he's out competing and taking pass rushes and all that stuff, full go in practice."

• WR Sidney Rice missed some practice last week with a sore knee, but came out of the game fine, according to Carroll. He took a big hit over the middle in the second half as he tried to make a diving catch over the middle, but Carroll indicated afterward Rice was not on Seattle's injury report and Rice said in the locker room he was fine.

• TE Zach Miller started after he was listed as questionable on the injury report with a sore foot. He may be limited in practice again this week, though the fact that players get an extra day off since Seattle plays Monday night will be a help.

"Zach limped his way through this game some," Carroll said. "He was not full speed, but he made it through and toughed it out. He needs these days. He's got a sore foot, but he needs these days to get over this."


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