Pete Carroll: "We've all been waiting to get this thing started"

Posted Sep 1, 2014

News, notes, quotes, and personnel updates from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll's Monday press conference ahead of the team's Thursday night regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers.

Head coach Pete Carroll met with the Seahawks media ahead of Monday's "Turnover Thursday" practice at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Carroll shared thoughts on the team's upcoming regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers, which is set for Thursday, Sept. 4 at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.

"Well, we've all been waiting to get this thing started," said Carroll. "We're honored to be playing this first Thursday in the first game of the year. For everyone that just loves this game so much it's really cool to get it started. It's a great matchup. We have a fantastic opponent and a staff that we respect tremendously. It's everything that you could ask for on opening night. So we're pretty fortunate that we're in good shape, pretty healthy going in."

Here are key takeaways from Carroll's Monday presser:

    • Wide receiver Kevin Norwood (foot) and linebacker Bruce Irvin (hip) will practice today. Carroll considers both players' status day-to-day at this point and is hopeful the pair will play in Thursday's opener.

    • Carroll said running back Christine Michael is "banged up" and the team will figure out his status later in the week.

    • Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis pulled his hamstring in last Thursday's exhibition finale against the Raiders in Oakland. Defensive end Cassius Marsh, who left that same game with a hip flexor, practiced yesterday and today and is in "good shape"

    • Cornerback Jeremy Lane, who missed the last week of practice with a sore groin, will practice today.

    • Cornerback Tharold Simon, who missed last week's preseason game against the Raiders to rest a sore knee, remains a "little banged up," Carroll said.

    • In last week's game against the Raiders, Carroll said he was most-excited about the play of Pro Bowl caliber left tackle Russell Okung, who saw his most action of the preseason after coming back from offseason foot surgery.

    • On the addition of Marcus Burley, who the Seahawks acquired on cut-down day in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts, Carroll said they liked what they saw from the second-year defensive back in preseason, noting his work as a "physical tackler" and an ability to play both the inside and outside cornerback spots.

    • And if there was any doubt remaining, Carroll said All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas will be the team's primary punt returner.