by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - After blowing out his knee in practice in mid-November last year, G James Carpenter is expected to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
Head coach Pete Carroll was mum on just how much time Carpenter will see as it will be his first game action since suffering a torn ACL during a routine one-on-one blocking drill follwing a win over the Baltimore Ravens.
"We’ll find out what we’re going to do and how much we’ll play him, and how we’ll fit that together, we’ll find that out on game day," Carroll said. "That’s a great story for us and for James. To see him back in action and ready to play, and hopefully he’ll be able to get some play time and do some good things too. I’m real pleased about that."
Carpenter said he feels at home on the left side of the line and is just happy to get back out on the field.
"I feel like I'm ready," Carpenter said. "Even though I was rehabbing, I was still watching film, doing technique and stuff, so I feel like I"m ready."
Carpenter worked at left guard throughout the week with G Paul McQuistan moving over and taking snaps at right guard with G John Moffitt sidelined by a knee injury.
Moffitt is doubtful was Sunday's game as Carroll said he was "still hurting" from the injury that was suffered in Monday night's win over the Green Bay Packers.
If Moffitt is unable to play, the Seahawks will likely rotate Carpenter and G J.R. Sweezy in at left and right guard, respectively, with McQuistan available to swing back and forth.
LB Leroy Hill did not practice Friday and is listed as questionable but is expected to play Sunday according to Carroll. DT Jaye Howard (foot) and TE Anthony McCoy (groin) are also questionable. Howard was stepped on early in practice Thursday and hasn't been able to return since. McCoy was limited in practice on Friday.
St. Louis Rams
S Matt Daniels (hamstring) - DNP
T Rodger Saffold (knee) - DNP
DT Matt Conrath (knee) - DNP
DT Michael Brockers (ankle) - LP
T Wayne Hunter (knee) - DNP
RB Steven Jackson (groin) - LP
G John Moffitt (knee) - DNP
LB Leroy Hill (calf) - DNP
DT Jaye Howard (foot) - DNP
TE Anthony McCoy (groin) - LP
T Breno Giacomini (pectoral) - FP
DT Jason Jones (knee) - FP
DT Greg Scruggs (wrist) - FP
WR Doug Baldwin (shoulder) - FP
CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring) - FP