Paul Richardson made just one catch on the only ball thrown to him this season before he got hurt and is out again.
Coach Pete Carroll said following Friday’s indoor, walk-through practice that he hopes the speedy, second-year wide receiver may be able to return from an injured hamstring next weekend at home against Pittsburgh. He is out for Sunday against San Francisco.
Richardson came off the physically-unable-to-perform list last weekend to make his season debut against Arizona. He then strained his hamstring while sprinting down the sideline to catch at 40-yard pass from Russell Wilson.
“He’s got a hamstring that we’ve got wait to see him what we can get him to do next week,” Carroll said.
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Carroll said depth is not an issue at wide receiver. Seattle waived Chris Matthews Tuesday after his four receptions in nine games. It promoted former Washington Husky Kevin Smith off its practice squad after cutting him last year. Carroll said Friday Smith, who was loading FedEx trucks in his native Los Angeles area this time last year, will be “in the rotation” at wide receiver against the 49ers and will make his NFL debut there Sunday.
Marshawn Lynch missed practice for the third consecutive day to get treatment on an abdominal muscle that’s pained him since last Thursday. He played through that last weekend against Arizona, and the Seahawks expect him to play through it again on Sunday even though he is officially listed as questionable, or 50-50 to go.
I asked Carroll if he expected Lynch to play against San Francisco, which Seattle has beaten in five of the last six meetings including Oct. 22 in a 20-3 domination down in the Bay Area.
“Yes,” the coach replied. “He’s questionable -- with a positive bent.”
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Here is all the coach said Friday:
Head Coach Pete Carroll
November 20, 2015
(On how the week went) "We had a good solid week, really the outlook coming in on Wednesday was really excellent. Guys are determined, they know we want to play good football. We’re ready to do that, we practiced that way. We’ve got a chance."
(On how questionable Marshawn Lynch’s questionable is) "Same. I expect the result to be the same. But we were treating him all day today again. We’re really trying to take care of him and make sure he’s right."
(On if he expects Marshawn Lynch to play) "Yes. Questionable with a positive bend."
(On where Paul Richardson sits) "He’s not going to make it back. He’s got a hamstring that we’ll have to wait and see what we can get him to do next week."
(On if depth is an issue at wide receiver) "We’ll be okay. We’ll be all right there. Thanks for being concerned."
(On if Jeremy Lane will play) "We’ll take him all the way through the week. We’re evaluating the rigor of the week and if he’s going to be at his best for gameday. We’re going to wait a little bit longer to figure that out."
(On if the opponent matters for Jeremy Lane or if they just want to get him on the field) "It has nothing to do with any other issues but making sure he’s safe and ready to go, and confident and all that, and that everybody signs off on it."
(On what happened with Cary Williams) "He just had a little tightness in his hip. We just gave him a break. Guys had a lot of plays last week and it was a good idea to break him so he can get back fresh."
(On working with Make-a-Wish) "I know that when we do have kids come in, it’s a good thing for the kids and the family and all that. It’s also a really good thing for our players too, to share where they are in life right now. They see the looks in the kids’ eyes and they feel that exchange. There’s a lot of good stuff happening in both directions. It’s always good. We welcome a lot of people and friends to come in so we can share that with them."
(On how he feels about Frank Clark and Cassius Marsh getting more snaps) "I’m excited about this because we know that we’re going to lean on both of those guys more with Bruce [Irvin] being down. They’ve been playing. They’ve been in and out, but this is where they have to go through the whole week knowing that they have the responsibility, that they’ve got to come through, step up and that kind of stuff. This always tells us something about the guys but they’re ready for that. I’m really anxious to see those guys battle and come off the edge. They’ll share the time, basically. We’re looking forward to seeing what happens. I think something good’s going to happen. I’m excited about that."
(On Mike Morgan’s tenure) "He’s as dyed in the wool as you can get. He’s been with us for so long, and he’s always been a terrific team member. He has the flexibility to play all the spots, everything makes sense to him. He’s also a very good teammate in terms of helping his other guys around him understand, learn, and what we expect and all of that. He’s been a great player for us for a long time and it’s been very lucky to have him. Him getting to start in this one, I’m excited for him too. I talked to him about it just today. He’s got a look in his eye, he’s got that gleam. He knows he’s got to step up. This is what he wants, this is what he plays for. It’s a good time. We expect him to play well."
(On what he expects from Kevin Smith) "He’s in the rotations. He’s playing. He’s going to be right in there with all our guys."
(On if A.J. Francis will play this week) "We’ll see if we get him up or not. He had a good, solid week for us. A little different guy, a little bigger guy than we’ve had. We kind of like the thought that he can help us inside with that rotation. He had a good week though."
(On his relationship with Earl Thomas) "This has been a really great relationship with a player. To see him come in with all the expectations of being a number one and all that, and then take to it and really have to go through the challenges of being a first rounder, starting right off the bat and playing your whole career. He’s made extraordinary progress in understanding the system, understanding the league, understanding what you have to go through maturing as a number one guy, and big contract guy, and all that stuff as well. He’s maintained a great consistency about him because he’s such a great worker. He’s as gritty of a guy as we’ve had. He’s been a really fun guy to work with. It’s been a challenge at times, but we’ve always been really close as we’ve gone through it and it’s been really fun to watch him. Being an old safety, it’s been cool to talk through all the stuff that he’s gone through and we continue to have a deep relationship about what it’s like to play safety here."
(On how he helped Earl Thomas with his ADD) "I just think it was in looking after our guys, and caring for them. We realized that he needed some help and so we’ve just understood. We’ve been through this with a lot of guys over the years and understood the upside that can happen, the transition that happens for young people that get that chance to get the help they haven’t had through a lot of their life. It’s a really cool thing that happens for people. He’s benefitted tremendously and just allowed himself to be more consistent and really, an all-out football player."
(On if he ever felt like expectations have been an issue for the team) "I don’t think that because we’ve kind of grown accustomed to expectations. Nobody holds a higher standard than we do. You can’t say anything to us that we should have thought of already about what we could be able to do. We’ve lived with this for a number of years, which is really the idea. We want to get to that point where you’re worthy of those kinds of expectations. It’s hard. It’s hard on us, because we’re not meeting up to what we want to get done right now. This is a long season. We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’re expecting to turn it and meet those expectations. We still have a chance to do that. We’re going to work to get that done."
(On how he would characterize Earl Thomas’ role in the locker room) "He’s always been a guy that leads by example. He’s not a big talker. He doesn’t say a lot. He’s not going to give any fire up talks. He’ll participate when we’re having discussions. It gets interesting and all of that. He’s not a guy that’s going to go hooting and hollering around. He’s always been such a great effort guy and so consistently focused and tuned in, that he’s always led in that manner. Leading by example is extraordinarily important, and he’s one of those guys."
(On if he wants them to feel like their backs are against the wall) "Yeah. That’s fine. I’m not worried about that. That’s the way we kind of always have operated. We’ve never changed the thought of playing to the chip on the shoulder and that other people on the outside don’t think that we’re going to be able to do what we’re doing. We’ve understood that. Most of us on this team have that kind of background, so it’s familiar to us. We’ve lived in that conversation for a long time. That has not changed."
(On what he’s seen from Kevin Pierre-Louis) "He’s a really good football player. He’s really fast. He plays with his speed. He has great on the field speed. He’s a tough tackler, willing hitter and all of that. He’s got great mobility and he uses it when he’s pursuing the football. He’s got confidence that he can run things down, and he does it so that’s a great attribute he has."