The Seahawks are expecting to need a new left tackle this week after starter Bradley Sowell sprained his knee in Sunday's tie at Arizona, but much to the surprise of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Sowell isn't ready to give up on the idea of playing this week.
"Sowell looks like he's not hurt," Carroll said. "I don't know what to tell you, I don't know how this happened. We're going to see what happens a day from now, but he looks great. Whatever recovery he's making, he's 1,000 miles ahead of what the schedule could have been. I don't know what that means when he starts to take a workload, but he's barking at us right now. He thinks he can play. I don't know how he's able to do that."
Despite Sowell's remarkable recovery from a sprained MCL, Carroll doesn't think it's realistic for him to play this week when Seattle plays at New Orleans.
"You would never think so," Carroll said. "He shouldn't be able to, but he's trying to talk us into it today. I can't imagine that's going to happen, but we'll see."
Presuming Sowell isn't able to play, the Seahawks have a few different options at left tackle, including undrafted rookie George Fant, who replaced Sowell in Sunday's game. Other options include rookie Rees Odhiambo, who played left tackle at Boise State, but who has played multiple positions in practice for the Seahawks, right tackle Garry Gilliam, and backup tackle J'Marcus Webb, who has played both tackle spots in practice.
"Wait and see, you'll find out," Carroll said. "George is ready to play and Rees is ready to play, and we can use J'Marcus too… We've just got to be through the week and see how it goes. (Gilliam) has been over there too some, so we have flexibility and we have choices."
Carroll said they're "hoping" to get Kam Chancellor back this week after the Pro Bowl safety missed two games with a groin injury: "I hope so. We're optimistic, so he has to make it through the week. We'll see. We don't know yet. We're hoping."
Linebacker Bobby Wagner and cornerback Richard Sherman have both bounced back well after dealing with cramping and hydration issues with the defense playing 95 snaps on Sunday.
"Those guys really have responded well," Carroll said. "They should be fine for the game. No problem."
Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis "has a chance" to get back this week after missing the Cardinals game with an ankle injury, Carroll said: " He's going to do some stuff tomorrow to run to see how he fits back into it."
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