Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon ahead of the team's 1:30 p.m. "Competition Wednesday" practice and preparation for Sunday's regular season opener on the road against the Carolina Panthers.
"We finally made it," Carroll opened. "Game week."
Carroll said the excitement and anticipation surrounding Sunday's game against the Panthers is obvious, from the players to the coaching staff. Carroll noted the club looks forward to "unleash things we've been keeping under wraps."
On the Panthers, Carroll touched on do-it-all quarterback Cam Newton, calling out lane management and tackle discipline as the keys to stopping the team's offensive attack.
"He gives you as many problems as the quarterback position can possibly give you," Carroll said, referring to Newton's ability to pass, scramble, and run as a power runner in critical situations. "He taxes you as much as a QB can do it."
"What do we have to do?" Carroll continued. "Everything. We have to do everything right."
Below are several injury nuggets and game notes from Carroll's Wednesday presser:
- Wide receiver
Sidney Rice(knee) will play in Sunday's game against the Panthers, Carroll said. The team has been managing Rice's practice time since returning from a preseason knee procedure in Switzerland.
- Wide receiver
Stephen Williamswill practice today, returning from the concussion he suffered in last Thursday's preseason finale. Williams will need to undergo a series of evaluations before he is cleared to play this Sunday.
- Offensive guard
James Carpenter(knee) will play Sunday against the Panthers, but will not start, Carroll confirmed.
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.