Cornerback Walter Thurmond #28 of the Seattle Seahawks is congratulated by defensive back Byron Maxwell #41 after returning an interception for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on November 17, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Vikings 41-20. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
They came out of Sunday's 41-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings mostly healthy and will now get a week off before returning to prepare for perhaps the biggest regular season game in franchise history.
Two weeks from today, the New Orleans Saints will be in Seattle to face the Seahawks on Monday Night Football in a game that could very likely determine homefield advantage in the playoffs in the NFC.
Head coach Pete Carroll has given the team a week off during their bye week before they will reconvene next Monday to begin the stretch run.
"We go in pretty healthy so by the time we get back out of it, we’ll be raring to go and we’ll look forward to a very good week of preparation so that we can really go after it and it’s a great time for us in that regard," Carroll said. "We’re just fortunate that we’re going in pretty healthy and so we can come out of it that way."
Seattle is really only dealing with two injuries as they hit the bye. WR Jermaine Kearse suffered a concussion Sunday against the Vikings but should be good to go after the bye.
"We would think that he’d be able to make it. He’s not in bad shape at all now," Carroll said. "So normally, he would go through the protocols and all of that. He will have plenty of time to get well."
CB Brandon Browner is the only injury of real signifcant injury facing the Seahawks.
Browner suffered a groin injury last week against the Atlanta Falcons that Carroll noted Monday caused tissue damage. Carroll said it's a 4-6 week injury at best and they hope to have a better feel for the injury by the end of this week.
Because the team is so healthy, Seattle can carry Browner on the active roster despite the injury for now. The team appears to believe he has a chance to make it back this season and want to give him the chance to do so as long as they can.
Carroll said WR Percy Harvin is a little sore after his first game in over a year Sunday against the Vikings but he made it through and is expected to be full speed after the bye week.
"When we come back, if everything goes like we hope, then he’ll be right back in the mix and he’ll be in normal rotation and returning kicks and the whole thing," Carroll said.
Harvin played on 19 offensive plays and two special teams plays for Seattle on Sunday. He caught one pass for 17 yards and returned his only kickoff return 58 yards to set up a touchdown drive to end the first half. Carroll said they won't change the offense to fit Harvin, he'll just fit in to what they already do offensively.
"We don’t have to hold back and count plays and stuff like that. He’ll play a regular amount as we go. He won’t play every play; we’re going to still rotate our guys. We’re not changing the offense," Carroll said. "I told Percy that the first night I talked to him. I told him we’re not going to change because you’re coming to our team, we’re just going to add you in and hope you can be a factor to help us, which he’s going to be."
T Russell Okung and T Breno Giacomini were able to play the entire game after missing eight and seven games, respectively, to injuries. Carroll said the pass protection was better, though he said there were some "rusty" moments to work through.
All in all, Seattle couldn't ask to be in a better position at this point in the season. Three of their final five games are at home. They control their own destiny for both the NFC West (which they firmly control anyway) and homefield advantage in the playoffs.
Seattle released QB B.J. Daniels on Saturday in order to activate Okung from injured reserve. Daniels cleared waivers and Seattle re-signed Daniels to their practice squad on Monday. The team released G Zach Allen to make room for Daniels on the squad.