Injuries have Seahawks in scramble mode
The Seahawks may not even make it to Week 1 with their projected starting offensive lineup for Sunday's season opener against the 49ers.
Offensive guard Robert Gallery did not practice for a third consecutive day on Thursday because of a sprained right knee. Rookie James Carpenter switched from right tackle to left guard to work next to second-year pro Russell Okung. And four-year pro Breno Giacomini took Carpenter's spot at right tackle.
Carpenter has struggled at times at right tackle during exhibition play, and actually was slated to split reps at right tackle with Giacomini before Gallery suffered his knee injury.
But now an offensive line that used 10 different starting combinations last season is once again in scramble mode.
"We are working him there," Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said about Carpenter playing left guard. "He is working there and he feels very comfortable there. He's a left-handed and left-sided guy in his background, so he did have to transition some to the right side. We'll see. This is the first day in pads with him there, we'll see how that goes and learn more as we're going."
The Seahawks also could be without an impact skill player as free-agent newcomer Sidney Rice sat out practice again Thursday with a nagging shoulder injury that forced him to sit out Seattle's final exhibition game against Oakland last week.
Rice is expected to be the top addition to Seattle's offensive arsenal as the team's No. 1 wideout this season. Ben Obomanu has been working with the first unit in Rice's place.
"We'll wait later in the week to know what's going on with him," Carroll said about Rice.
Getting a read on Fangio's defense
Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said the Seahawks are watching a mixture of San Francisco preseason games and Stanford games to get a better read on what the Niners and new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will do on Sunday, but are leaning more toward exhibition play as a predictor for what they might face.
"You would think they would probably do most of what they did in the preseason, with maybe a few wrinkles here and there," Jackson said. "I mean it's different personnel, different league and different players. So I'm guessing he's going to do something different, he would probably try and practice it a little bit in a real game situation, but you never know. So we're just going to continue to watch both and see what they give us."
Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was vague when asked where the team is focusing their film study.
"I don't think I'll tell you which one we're leaning on," he said. "But it's important to do our due diligence on any new coordinator. I'm sure they're doing the same on myself and on Tom (Cable), trying to determine whose run game it is and whose pass game it is, or which one we're leaning on more."
Carroll overhauls roster again
Carroll said there would not be as much turnover in his second season after he made big personnel changes in his first year with the Seahawks in 2010.
However, 24 players are new on the roster this year.
And Seattle has gone from one of the oldest teams in the league to one of the youngest.
Gone are team leaders like Matt Hasselbeck (35 years old), Lofa Tatupu (28), Lawyer Milloy (37).
But their leadership has been replaced by more talented, Pro Bowl-level players like Marshawn Lynch (25), Rice (25) and Zach Miller (25).
New kicker for opener
Carroll also addressed picking up new kicker Steven Hauschka on the waiver wire after Denver released them, saying he was a player the team had their eye on for a while. Seattle released 10-year veteran Jeff Reed to make room for the North Carolina State product.
"We had our eyes on Hauschka the whole time, all through the summer time," Carroll said. "And we didn't know if he would make it there or not. But he was a guy we were watching. So when he became available, we jumped on him."
Carroll said the team likes Hauschka's overall leg strength. Plus, at 26 year old he's a player that the team envisions being around for a while.
"He's a young, strong-legged guy," Carroll said. "We've seen nothing but good stuff. We've been studying him for a long time and watched him and didn't get a chance to get him in camp. But when they made him available we jumped on it, so we're excited to see what he adds."