Carroll: We are "ready to go"

Pete Carroll met with the media Thursday and provided a few updates on the Seahawks' preparation for Saturday's Divisional Playoff Saturday night against the Carolina Panthers. Besides getting his Pro Bowl center back, the Seahawks will have Jermaine Kearse and Demarcus Dobbs, as hoped. Tight end Tony Moeaki, on the other hand, could miss the game and safety Jeron Johnson definitely will.

Given everything on the line and his trademark enthusiasm, it isn't surprising that Carroll sounded excited about his club during Thursday's press conference.

Of course, as the coach of arguably the healthiest team in the playoffs, Carroll has every reason to be excited.

Starters Max Unger and Jermaine Kearse will be returning against the Panthers and the Seahawks also expect to have versatile defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs and Tharold Simon on the field.

"We feel good, Carroll said. "We're pretty healthy going in. Guys are ready. They're rested enough so that everybody is in good spirits, ready to go."

Unfortunately, that positivity didn't extend towards tight end Tony Moeaki, who strained a calf Tuesday and will be game-time decision. Carroll pointed out that Cooper Helfet "is ready to go if we need him."

The news is even worse for safety Jeron Johnson, who Carroll characterized as "not even in consideration" to play against Carolina.

"He had a real serious injury," Carroll said of Johnson. "I don't know how long it's going to take. They say that he will pop back really quickly once he turns the corner but he hasn't done that yet."

Johnson suffered an elbow injury against St. Louis.

The news hasn't been as good for Carolina, who come into the game a 10 point underdog and licking their wounds a bit with stud defensive tackle Star Lotulelei undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a broken foot. Philly Brown, Carolina's fastest receiver, was a limited participant in Thursday's practice with a shoulder injury.

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