Aug 13, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Seattle Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock (2) throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks QB Drew Lock (COVID) out after preseason starting nod

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, shortly after coach Pete Carroll told reporters that Lock would start the team’s next preseason game against the Chicago Bears.

Instead, Lock will miss Thursday’s game and Geno Smith will lead Seattle as the team’s quarterback competition heads into the home stretch.

Lock not only practiced Tuesday afternoon at Seahawks camp in Renton, Wash., but did so primarily with the first-string offense. Those reps were in part to prep Lock to start against the Bears.

“We had planned well back before the offseason even started to get to this game, the second game,” Carroll said after Tuesday’s practice. “Geno would be the starter in (the mock game) at Lumen and the opening (preseason) game, then we would go with Drew in the second game. We’re trying to follow that if we can.”

They won’t be able to follow that plan to completion now. The NFL stopped its COVID-19 protocol in March but still follows CDC guidelines that call for five days in isolation after a positive test.

The Seahawks received Lock as part of a massive package in the trade that sent Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos this offseason. Seattle did not draft a quarterback and stood pat with Geno Smith, last year’s No. 2, and Lock as the main candidates for the starting job.

Lock, Denver’s second-round pick in the 2019 draft, has completed 59.3 percent of his passes and thrown for 4,740 yards, 25 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in his career across 24 games (21 starts).

Despite Carroll’s original plan to give Lock first-team looks this week, he said he still viewed Smith as the No. 1 quarterback if the season began now.

“Geno’s still the No. 1 guy, he’s holding onto his spot at this point,” said Carroll, who also battled COVID-19 earlier in camp. “I really like what Drew has shown us. You look at his passer rating and some of the stuff he did (in the preseason opener), he did a great job. Both of our guys can play. That’s what we do know, they both can play.”

Lock completed 11 of 15 passes for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 32-25 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Jul 27, 2022; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll answers questions during a press conference following training camp practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tests positive for COVID-19

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tested positive for COVID-19 and is participating in team meetings virtually from home.

The Seahawks said in a statement that Carroll, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive Sunday and is “experiencing mild symptoms.”

Carroll, 70, is entering his 13th season as coach of the Seahawks. The team is coming off a 7-10 campaign in 2021.

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Oct 17, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) walks the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson has pin removed from injured finger

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had a pin removed from his injured right middle finger, a key step that could portend his return to the field later this month.

Wilson showed off a picture of the pin on social media Monday with the caption, “No more Pin. Time to Win.”

Wilson’s finger broke when he banged it against Aaron Donald’s arm during an Oct. 7 game against the Los Angeles Rams, and he had it surgically repaired the following day. The injury caused him to miss games for the first time in his NFL career, ending a 149-game iron man streak.

Geno Smith has served as Seattle’s quarterback since then. The Seahawks are 1-2 in Smith’s starts, including Sunday’s 31-7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars that brought the team to 3-5.

Week 9 is Seattle’s bye week, so the question becomes whether Wilson will be ready to return in time for the next game Nov. 14 at the Green Bay Packers. Wilson can be activated from injured reserve now that he has stayed on it for the required three-game minimum.

Ironically, Wilson posted the pin picture shortly after coach Pete Carroll told reporters he didn’t know when it was coming out.

“Really, we’re just kind of hoping for the best in terms of his return and that everything is handled really well as we get him in the mode where he starts to use his hand and his finger with the football and all that. So we’ve just got to do a good job and see what happens. There’s no updates as of now.”

Wilson, a seven-time Pro Bowler, led Seattle to two Super Bowl appearances, including a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Oct 7, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) returns to the sideline following a series against the Los Angeles Rams the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson headed to injured reserve

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said quarterback Russell Wilson would be placed on injured reserve with a finger injury.

During last week’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams Oct. 7, Wilson suffered a ruptured tendon and a fracture-dislocation of the middle finger on his throwing hand. He had surgery the following day, with a reported timetable of four to eight weeks to return.

“That’s what’s coming up, yeah,” Carroll said Friday when asked whether the team was planning to move Wilson to IR.

Players on IR must sit out a minimum of three weeks. Wilson will miss the Seahawks’ games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars. Then Seattle has a bye week, meaning the earliest Wilson can return to the field would be a Week 10 matchup against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Wilson, 32, has not missed a game since entering the league in 2012. His ironman streak of 149 consecutive games officially will end Sunday when Seattle faces Pittsburgh. Geno Smith has been tapped to start in Wilson’s absence.

Starting running back Chris Carson (neck) was ruled out for the second straight game after not practicing all week. Carroll said the Seahawks were still considering whether Carson would need to be moved to IR.

Alex Collins started in Carson’s place last week and is likely to get the majority of the work in Week 6.

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, greets San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan following a 37-27 Seattle victory at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Carroll gets lengthy extension from Seahawks

Head coach Pete Carroll received a multi-year contract extension from the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN.

The new deal reportedly will run through the 2025 season, though the club has not confirmed.

Carroll, who turned 69 in September, is the league’s oldest coach and has gone 106-60-1 in 11 seasons with the Seahawks. He guided Seattle to the 2013 Super Bowl title and a runner-up finish the following season.

Carroll has said he hopes to coach well into his 70s.

He also coached the New York Jets (1994) and New England Patriots (1997-99) and had a combined 33-31 record with those teams.

The Seahawks are 6-1 this season and face the Bills (6-2) on Sunday in Buffalo.

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Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Carroll: Seahawks ‘tuned into’ status of WR Brown

Could the undefeated Seattle Seahawks be getting even more offensive help for the NFL’s top-rated passer?

According to a Wednesday report by ESPN, Seattle is trying to add to Russell Wilson’s offensive arsenal, as it is among the teams that have expressed interest in suspended wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Brown was punished by the NFL and banned without pay for this season’s first eight games because of that the league termed “multiple violations of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy.”

With the four-time All-Pro wideout eligible to be activated by any team that signs him following Week 8, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was asked about the ESPN report and did not exactly douse rumors of interest.

“We have endeavored to be in on everything that’s going on and (general manager) John (Schneider) has done a marvelous job of always being tuned in to what’s happening,” Carroll said. “And this is no exception.

“So we’ll see what happens as we go forward, but we’re tuned into what’s happening there.”

Wilson, with his current stable of receivers, leads the NFL in both touchdown passes (19) and passer rating (129.8). He and backup quarterback Geno Smith worked out with Brown in the offseason and have remained positive about his possible addition to the club, according to ESPN.

The Seahawks (5-0), one of three remaining teams without a loss in 2020, lead the NFL in scoring at 33.8 points per game.

Brown, 32, has been a free agent since September 2019, when the New England Patriots released him after one game following allegations of sexual assault and intimidating text messages sent to an accuser. Those allegations led to an NFL’s investigation.

In June 2020, Brown was sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and enroll in a 13-week anger management course by a Florida court after pleading no contest to an assault charge unrelated to the allegations of sexual assault.

As part of the discipline, the league directed Brown to continue his counseling and treatment program.

Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, had 104 catches for 1,297 yards and a league-best 15 touchdown receptions for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018, his last full season. For his career, he has 841 receptions for 11,263 yards and 75 TDs. He has recorded seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons and has surpassed 100 catches six times in his career.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA;  New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll greet after the game at Gillette Stadium.  The Seattle Seahawks won 31-24.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Belichick, Carroll to set record on Sunday

Sunday night’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will set a record for having the two head coaches with the highest combined age ever in an NFL game.

Pete Carroll, 69, and Bill Belichick, 68, and will be a combined 137 years and 162 days old when their teams take the field in Seattle, according to NFL Research.

The previous record was set on Dec. 30, 1995, when 70-year-old Marv Levy and 65-year-old Don Shula coached against each other for the last time in their long careers.

And what will be the youngest coaching duo in Week 2? They’ll be on the field in Chicago, when the New York Giants play the Bears. Chicago coach Matt Nagy is 42; the Giants’ Joe Judge is 38.

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December 29, 2019; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Carroll optimistic smoke won’t affect Seahawks-Pats game

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is hopeful the air quality in Seattle won’t prevent his team from playing in its home opener against the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

With wildfires raging throughout the western United States, air quality has become a major problem on the Pacific coast. Last Sunday, the status of the season openers at home for both the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers remained uncertain into the weekend. Both teams ultimately played the games.

On Wednesday, poor air quality in Seattle forced the Seahawks to hold their first practice of the week in their indoor facility in nearby Renton, Wash. According to the website, which is run by the Environmental Protection Agency and monitors air quality, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was 190 in the afternoon in Seattle. A day earlier it was 195.

As of 10:30 p.m. PDT in Seattle on Wednesday, the AQI was 173.

The site projects Sunday’s AQI to be at 50. A “good” AQI rating is between zero and 50.

“We’re in direct connection with (the NFL) and they are monitoring what’s going on as we are as well,” Carroll said Wednesday afternoon. “Hopefully we get a good shift in the weather here by the weekend. It looks it could change tomorrow some and into the weekend, but we’re very cognizant of it and we’re working to figure it out.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, more than five million acres had burned in California, Oregon and Washington.

–Field Level Media