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Friday in Hawkville: James Carpenter to start at left guard against 49ers
The Seahawks have traveled to San Diego to take on the Chargers in their third preseason game of the year, a game that will see the starters get the most playing time of the preseason.
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It was family day here at the VMAC as the Seahawks had their last practice of the week before heading to San Diego tomorrow for a preaseon matchup against the Chargers on Saturday.
"Turnover Thursday" was the motto for Wednesdays practice of preseason week 3 in preparation for the San Diego Chargers.
WORDS OF THE DAY: LEFT GUARD
That’s where you’ll find James Carpenter in Sunday’s big game against the defending NFC Champion 49ers in San Francisco, as the former first-round draft choice is moving back into the starting lineup.
“Carp is going to start this week,” Carroll said. “He’s earned that shot to do that.”
Carpenter started eight games while Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung was out with a toe injury, when Paul McQuistan slid over from guard to replace him and Carpenter was at left guard. McQuistan and Carpenter have rotated at left guard the past two games, and will continue – but in reverse order.
“The rotation has been really good, it’s been really positive,” Carroll said. “Whenever you can keep more guys playing actively, they’re just ready when called on. … We told them a couple weeks ago we’d be in this kind of a rotation to give these guys a chance to really battle. And I love the fact here we are this late in the season and we’re still competing.”
INJURY REPORT: PERCY HAVIN, BRANDON BROWNER WON’T PLAY SUNDAY
The official end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:
|STAT DU JOUR: EXPLOSIVE STUFF|
The Seahawks lead the league with 44 rushing plays of 12 or more yards and are third overall in what coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell call explosive plays, and QB Russell Wilson refers to as G.A.P. plays (game-altering plays) – those 12-plus runs as well as pass plays of 16 or more yards. Here’s a look at the NFL’s most-explosive offenses:
CB Brandon Browner (groin)
WR Percy Harvin (hip)
QB Tarvaris Jackson (illness)
After saying that neither Harvin nor Browner would play Sunday, Carroll offered updates on each. On Harvin: “We’re looking forward to next week being a really important week. We think we’ve got a shot at it.” On Browner: “He came out on the field and worked with us on Thursday and we didn’t make much progress there.”
Jackson missed practice again, but Irvin was a full participate after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday and Carroll said he was ready to go.
For the 49ers:
|YOU DON'T SAY
“I think of him as a leading MVP candidate. If he’s not up there with Peyton (Manning) and Tom Brady and all those guys, I don’t know what you have to do to be there.”
WR Josh Baldwin (calf)
CB Tarell Brown (ribs)
OG Mike Iupati (knee)
WR Mario Manningham (knee)
TE Vance McDonald (ankle)
LB Dan Skuta (foot)
OT Joe Staley (knee)
LB NaVorro Bowman (wrist)
TE Garrett Celek (hamstring)
RB Frank Gore (ankle)
DT Ray McDonald (ankle)
LB Aldon Smith (shoulder)
DT Justin Smith (shoulder)
UP NEXT: ROAD WARRIORS, AGAIN
The team will fly to San Francisco on Saturday after a walkthrough. The Seahawks already have won five road games, which ties the franchise record that was set in 1984 and matched by the 2005 team. A win at either San Francisco on Sunday or next week against New York Giants in the Meadowlands will establish a new mark.
Here’s a look at the best record records in franchise history:
And, still more Richard Sherman on tap. The Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback will discuss the art of the jam during a segment on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown.”