The Seahawks were supposed to travel to Los Angeles this weekend, but their Week 15 game against the Rams was postponed and will now be played Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The reason for the change is that the Rams have been hit hard by a COVID-19 outbreak, with 29 players, practice squad included, on the COVID list as of Friday afternoon. The Seahawks, meanwhile, have only two players on the list, receiver Tyler Lockett and running back Alex Collins, but if it might seem like moving the game is giving an advantage to the Rams by giving them more time to get players back, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll isn't looking at it that way.
"No, that doesn't have anything to with a competitive disadvantage," Carroll said. "We are trying to get as many guys to play as possible, but with the thought of looking after everybody and making the right decisions in the midst of this surge that we have seen in the league, in the country, and around the world. We are trying to make good decisions. As so many decisions we make, we don't have the background of this thing, you just have to figure out what you are going to do and go for it. We are not going to let this affect us at all, we have already jumped into our adjustment, and we are going to go and play on Tuesday instead of Sunday. That's the only way we are going to look at the thing. We were waiting for the word so we could know what would happen, because there has to be a lot of arrangements and things that we have to take care of. Some guys might have even flown down to L.A. already. We are going to make the most of it."
What Carroll isn't a big fan of, however, is having to play on short rest the following week, with only four days between Tuesday's game and Seattle's Week 16 game against the Bears, a team that will have full rest.
"Yes, that's a big concern," Carroll said. "It's a big burden on the players, it's a big burden on the recovery time, and it's not what their bodies want to do. They are trained to have a whole week to recover, and they don't get it… I'm not a fan of that for the player's sake."
As for how Collins and Lockett are feeling, Carroll said, "Those guys are OK now. Tyler had a tough day, but he's OK now. We are just waiting it out, those guys are going to try and test back in, so we will see what happens."
Carroll said as of Friday neither player had yet returned a negative test, a necessary step in getting off the COVID list.
And while it could be natural for the Seahawks to feel like they're the victims of the Rams having a COVID outbreak, Carroll refused to go down that road.
"I can't do anything about that," he said. "I just wish nobody was getting sick."
And now with some extra time ahead of this game and then a short week, the Seahawks will try their best to face the challenge head on and embrace Carroll's "control what you can control" mantra while not letting all of this become a distraction.
"Attitude is everything throughout all of these challenges, so I projected how we should look at it," Carroll said. "We should take full advantage of it. We're going to get more rest. We're going to get more study time. We're going to be better prepared because of it, and we're going to utilize that time to kind of welcome the change. That's what it is. Let's make the most of it, and then we'll deal with next week, next week. I stood for that message, conveyed that to them, and just judging from the way we worked today, they had a really good attitude about the day. Made it a great Friday for us."
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