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



October 1, 2012 at 1:56 PM

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Matt Flynn's arm still sore?

Matt Flynn's arm has been an issue going back to August, but on Sept. 22 -- two days before Seattle played Green Bay on Monday night -- coach Pete Carroll offered a pretty strong statement regarding his recovery:

"This is really the first week in a month that he has been able to throw in practice with any regularity. Just to get him back on the field really gunning the ball around was really great to see. With this familiarity he had, he really had a sharp week. He's really physically finally back, it looked like, back to normal."
      -- Pete Carroll, Sept. 22, 2012

Flynn spent the week playing the role of Aaron Rodgers in practice, preparing the Seahawks defense for what it would see against the Packers. He threw extensively.

One week after that game, Carroll appeared on his weekly coach's show on 710 ESPN Seattle, and it sounded as if something may have changed about Flynn's status last week.

Pete Carroll says Russell Wilson is still the starter
710 ESPN Seattle

"We have a little bit of a problem with Matt. Matt's still not full speed, and anybody that thinks, 'OK, let's go with the other guy.' Well he can't practice yet. So he can go in and throw it and make it through a game. He can throw it, he throws 15 throws a day a couple of days a week. That's not really enough to get him ready in a game plan. We expect him to throw 50 balls in a day to get ready. So that's not even an issue for us yet to have a chance to put him in."
      -- Pete Carroll, Oct. 1 on 710 ESPN Seattle

Flynn has not listed on Seattle's injury report since Week 1, but that's not any sort of definitive characterization. Players are only listed if an injury prevents them from being able for normal duty, and as the backup quarterback, Flynn's normal duty could be relatively small.

Carroll is scheduled to speak with reporters Monday afternoon, and the subect of Flynn's health is certain to come up.

As for the specifics of the injury, Carroll has not given specifics, but has characterized it as being like tendinitis.

"He really had it a little bit in camp," Carroll said on Sept. 22, "and didn't say anything about it, and it really popped up kind of at the end of the preseason."

The injury first showed up when Flynn was unable to play in the third exhibition game at Kansas City, which was played Aug. 24. He was back on the field when the team resumed practice on Aug. 27, which was the day after Carroll announced Wilson would be the starter for Week 1.

That was disappointing for Flynn, Carroll said.

"Unfortunately for him, he wasn't able to play last week, and he would have liked to have finished the competition," Carroll said. "His elbow just fired up. He wasn't able to do that, so I expect him to really come roaring back at this thing. As we go into the season, we'll see what happens. I'm expecting Russell to play really well or we wouldn't have made the decision, but Matt's not going to, he's not going to take a knee on this thing. He's going to go for it and keep battling and when his opportunities come, I know he'll be ready for it."

Carroll then addressed Flynn's work at practice.

"Matt threw the ball pretty well today for about half the practice," Carroll said. "He's going to be ready to go, I think, full speed tomorrow. He threw the ball fine, but we didn't want to overdo it on his first day back."


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