Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thursday he expects offensive lineman Russell Okung, tight end Zach Miller and wide receiver Sidney Rice to play in Monday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field.
Okung and Rice both had knee injuries and Miller had a foot injury.
Carroll said the only question mark he had was the status of cornerback Byron Maxwell, who has a hamstring injury. Barring any setbacks through the week of practice, he expects everyone else to be ready and available by game-time in Week 3.
Carroll also cited the big challenge that the Packers pose, offering that he has a “tremendous respect” for Green Bay’s background, style of play, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, defensive back Charles Woodson, and linebacker Clay Matthews, whom Carroll coached at USC.
“It’s sick,” Carroll said of Matthews’ NFL-leading six sacks through two games. “I don’t know how that happens.”
Carroll mentioned that they will use tight ends and running backs to help block Matthews and protect quarterback Russell Wilson on Monday night.
Meanwhile, Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate plans to appeal the $21,000 fine the NFL levied against him for his block on linebacker Sean Lee in Sunday’s victory over the Cowboys, in part to find out what he can do if put in a similar situation.
“I’m sure the commissioner went long and hard thinking about it and he thought that was right,” Tate said Thursday. “So I have to deal with it, fix the problem and make sure it doesn’t happen again. It’s unfortunate that I got fined, but rules are rules.”Tate will be seeking some clarification during his appeal process.
“When I do my appeal I’m going to ask them that: What would you suggest that I do to make sure that this doesn’t happen again?” he said “Because I never have intentions on injuring a player and I always want to play within the rules. So that’s a question that is going to come up when I have my appeal.”