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Coach Pete Carroll: Seahawks have “grown” during first three weeks

The Seahawks will take the rest of the week off, following their 26-20 victory over Denver on Sunday. Seattle returns to play at Washington in a Monday Night game, Oct. 6.

Seattle Times staff reporter


RENTON — After working overtime Sunday to beat the Denver Broncos, the Seahawks began their lone in-season vacation Monday.

First, though, they reviewed the film of the 26-20 victory over Denver before being excused for the rest of the week with Seattle having a bye this weekend. The Seahawks don’t play again until Monday, Oct. 6, at Washington.

Week 4 is the earliest a team can have a bye in the NFL (Denver is among five other teams also off this weekend). And while that might not be optimal — teams often prefer for byes to come later when injuries might have piled up — Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the team will make the best of it.

“We really want our guys to rest up as much as possible,’’ he said.

When the Seahawks return they’ll have 13 games in 13 weeks, followed, they hope, by another long playoff run.

Carroll said he’s seen nothing in the first three games to lessen optimism, despite the defeat at San Diego.

“We’ve grown,’’ he said of what he has seen from his team since the start of training camp. “We are getting wiser with our guys.’’

Seattle also has passed through a gauntlet of some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL — Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay, Philip Rivers of San Diego and Peyton Manning of Denver.

“Just about the best three you could throw at us,’’ Carroll said. “And I think we learned that when we don’t fly around the field like we normally do, that we can have a bad day, like happened in San Diego.’’

The Denver game, meanwhile, was a decidedly good day, Carroll said, despite the Broncos’ final-minute 80-yard drive that forced overtime.

Carroll, in fact, said in some ways it was a better performance than the 43-8 victory in the Super Bowl.

Chancellor’s ankle an issue

Fox Sports reported after the game that safety Kam Chancellor debated having surgery to repair bone spurs in his ankle following the San Diego game. When asked about the report, Carroll said only that Chancellor’s ankle “really got in the way of his play” at San Diego and that he “didn’t have a great outlook’’ to play against Denver.

But Carroll said the ankle improved through the week, allowing Chancellor to play Sunday. Carroll said the ankle is an injury Chancellor has had for a while and something he might have to manage all season.

“We’ll see,’’ Carroll said. “(He) managed it really well (against Denver).’’


• Carroll said cornerback Tharold Simon was scheduled to run Monday for the first time since having surgery a few weeks ago on his knee. But Carroll said it is too early to know if he will be able to play against Washington.

• Carroll said Russell Okung suffered a strain in his shoulder late in the second quarter when he had to leave the game. Okung returned to play the entire second half. Said Carroll: “He went down and he knew something happened. His shoulder, he got a strain and he took the time. I think he took the time to really pray that it wasn’t something bad. And when he jumped up he felt like his prayers were answered.’’

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