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Early mornings for Carroll, Wilson after Cardinals' loss - Dec. 23, 2013

Early mornings for Carroll, Wilson after Cardinals' loss - Dec. 23, 2013

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by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - The worst offensive performance of the season for the Seattle Seahawls left QB Russell Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll restiless Sunday night.

The pair couldn't sleep as their minds raced with thoughts about the team's 17-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Wilson and Carroll ran into each other at 4:45 a.m. Monday as they looked to get to work on the mistakes made against the Cardinals.

"We found ourselves sitting in the room watching the film together really early this morning and just trying to be really critical," Carroll said. "Trying to be really critical of all aspects and understand what happened and make some sense of it."

Seattle's offense was anemic against Arizona. They had only two drives all game that lasted longer than four plays. They went three-and-out seven times and were just two-for-13 on third down conversions. Considering most of their offensive line was intact (minus G J.R. Sweezy, who was absent due to a concussion), it was by far the most disappointing showing by the Seahawks' offense this year.

"Our expectations are very high and our standards are very high and we’re disappointed when we don’t meet up to that and that was an opportunity that got away that we really wanted to take home with us. We didn’t get it done," Carroll said.

Injury Updates:

WR Percy Harvin will not practice this week as he continues to be hampered with soreness in his surgically-repaired hip.

"The progress wasn’t coming along fast enough to stay as a day-to-day issue," Carroll said. "That’s when it kind of went week-to-week. We’re looking to take care of him; we need to get him right. He had major surgery and he tried with everything he could to get back, and hasn’t been able to get that done."

T Russell Okung is expected to be able to play this week after suffering sorness in his toe during the Arizona game Sunday. Okung came out of the game briefly but returned and finished the contest.

WR Jermaine Kearse has a sore ankle but Carroll said it has already made good progress and they believe he has a chance to play against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Sweezy still has to complete the concussion protocol but Carroll inidicated he should be available this week.

Who will return kickoffs?

RB Robert Turbin lost a fumble on a kickoff return Sunday against the Cardinals. He also had the ball come free on a separate return after he was already down. Nevertheless, the issues with ball security have the Seahawks considering additional options.

WR Doug Baldwin replaced Turbin on Sunday and Carroll said Monday that he would be in consideration to return kickoffs going forward. WR Jermaine Kearse also served as the team's kickoff returner for a significant portion of the season.

"We’ll have to wait and see," Carroll said. "Doug Baldwin did a nice job though. He jumped in there and looked really good. I think Doug’s last return was a touchdown a couple years ago in the preseason or something like that, which he’s reminded me of a lot, but he looked good out there."

 

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