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Pete Carroll: Russell Okung out, Paul McQuistan in vs Jaguars
Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon ahead of the team's 1:45 p.m. PT "Competition Wednesday" practice and preparation for Sunday's Week 3 contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) at CenturyLink Field.
Carroll confirmed that left tackle Russell Okung will miss Sunday's game as he nurses a toe injury he suffered last week against the San Francisco 49ers. Carroll would not speculate on the severity of Okung's injury or how much time he might miss just yet, as the former first-round draft pick is currently out of town obtaining another medical opinion.
With the news on Okung, Carroll said Paul McQuistan will slide over from left guard to left tackle this weekend, just like he did against the 49ers when Okung went down. With McQuistan at tackle, 2011 first-round draft pick James Carpenter will step into the starting lineup at guard.
Carroll said he felt content with McQuistan and Carpenter's work against the Niners last week, noting McQuistan handled a difficult assignment in one of the League's premiere edge rushers Aldon Smith. McQuistan's snaps at left tackle have been limited to this point and Carroll said he should fare better with more work at the position throughout the week of practice.
On the Jaguars, Carroll called attention to the similarities between the two clubs, with former Seahawks defensive coordinator (2009-12) Gus Bradley now serving as head coach in Jacksonville.
"It's going to be an interesting matchup because of all the familiarity," Carroll said. "They know us, we know them."
Below are some more news and notes from Carroll's Wednesday presser: Read
- Carroll described defensive end Chris Clemons (knee) and cornerback Brandon Browner (hamstring) as "day to day" and would not confirm their availability for this weekend's game against the Jaguars. Clemons is expected to get a regular day of work with no limitations at Wednesday's practice, while Browner will practice in a more reserved role. If Clemons puts together another solid week of practice, Carroll said it would be tough to hold him out on Sunday.
- Wide receiver Percy Harvin, recovering from preseason hip surgery, has told Carroll, "I'm going to be ready as soon as they (the doctors) let me back out there."
- Carroll called out rookie offensive linemen Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie as players who need to step up this week to strengthen the depth at tackle behind the injured Okung. Carroll said they will jump at the chance to get the rookie pair some playing time this weekend if the opportunity arises.
- Carroll noted rookie defensive tackle Jordan Hill (biceps) is "very close" to returning to practice, safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring) will try to get some work in this week, and fullback Spencer Ware's status is in question as he nurses a sprained ankle.
- Carroll raved about the opportunity to come back and play another game at CenturyLink Field, challenging the 12th Man to serve up a repeat performance of last week's crowd noise against the Niners.
Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth and Digital Media Host Tony Ventrella will be back with more following today's practice, when offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be available to the media. Read