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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

August 25, 2012 at 6:33 AM

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Pete Carroll unsure of severity of Matt Flynn's injury

KANSAS CITY -- The pain of Seattle's quarterback competition had a literal dimension on Friday as an elbow injury prevented Matt Flynn from playing against the Chiefs.

"It surprised him and it surprised us," coach Pete Carroll said after the game. "He couldn't throw well enough to play."

The Seahawks had planned for Flynn to play with the second-unit offense this week with Wilson starting though Carroll had never specified the planned playing-time allotment. Flynn had been held out of practice on Wednesday because of what Carroll described as a tired arm. The expectation was he'd be able to play, but when Flynn warmed up before Friday's game, the pain persisted.

"He did improve a little bit from when it first flared up," Carroll said. "We thought he would be able to throw again and play. He thought so, too, but when he got out there, he just couldn't."

So is this something that's expected to get better quickly or a potentially serious situation?

"I don't know," Carroll said. "It's like a tendinitis-type of thing, but we don't know what it is any more than that."

Team policy prohibits interviewing players who are injured. Flynn was signed by Seattle in March after playing the previous four years in Green Bay. Carroll was asked if Flynn had any previous history of this type of injury.

"This is the first time ever," Carroll said. "He has no experience with having a sore elbow."

So what happened?

"He didn't hurt it at any one time," Carroll said. "He didn't get hit or anything like that. It just kind of developed. We just have to wait it out and see what happens."

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