Posted September 07, 2012 on
AP on Fox
(Updates.) James Carpenter is just happy to be back practicing.
The Seattle Seahawks' guard has been cleared to return to practice and was back at work this week as he gets re-acclimated to playing football again after a devastating knee injury in practice ended his rookie season.
''I've been waiting for 10 months to be back,'' he said.
Carpenter was injured during a relatively benign blocking drill during a practice in mid-November.
''I just knew that my season was over,'' Carpenter said.
The damage to his knee included a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the outset of training camp and seemed destined to begin the regular season there as well.
But Carpenter made strides in his recovery midway through training camp and surprised everyone, including coach Pete Carroll, by being activated for the start of the regular season.
''He's way ahead of schedule. We thought it was going to take another 6-8 weeks to get to this point,'' Carroll said.
Carpenter still isn't close to taking the field for the Seahawks just yet. He's been limited in practice this week while getting his first football-related work in nearly 10 months. While his teammates are getting ready to begin the season against division rival Arizona on Sunday, Carpenter is essentially just beginning his training camp.
''He kind of looks like everyone did at the beginning of OTA's,'' offensive line coach Tom Cable said.
Carpenter struggled initially with adapting to the speed of the NFL game. He came into training camp out of shape following the lockout and was quickly taken advantage of early in the preseason.
Denver rookie Von Miller ran circles around him during a preseason game last fall as Carpenter struggled to catch up. But as the season progressed, Carpenter slowly got more comfortable. He started the first nine games of the season (eight at right tackle, one at left guard) before the injury ended his season.
''Very solid player up until the injury and then the injury was kind of a big setback in that that's right when he was taking off,'' Cable said.
Carpenter can now begin the process of getting back on the field in an actual game. In addition to getting in game shape, Carpenter has to adjust to a new position as the team has moved him to left guard. It's a position he already feels comfortable with after playing on the left side of the line at Alabama.
''I'm happy playing guard,'' Carpenter said. ''I feel like that is where I should be playing.''
Carroll still plans on being cautious with Carpenter in the interim. They don't need him to factor in anytime soon as Paul McQuistan has locked down the starting job. Yet, they still believe in his potential to be a factor for them in the future and have come too far to risk any setbacks now.
He feels great about what he's gone through and how he's made the most of this time and it's a real good success story for a young guy proving he can get back from a very difficult situation,'' Carroll said. ''Now we've just got to manage it really well and be patient.''
Notes: RB Marshawn Lynch was limited in practice Thursday. It was the first time Lynch had been on the practice field since back spasms surfaced following the team's trip to Denver in Week 2 of the preseason. ... WR Golden Tate (knee), DE Greg Scruggs (hamstring) and CB Byron Maxwell (shoulder) did not participate in Thursday's practice. QB Matt Flynn (right elbow) was also limited.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The curtain-raising matchup for the 2012 NFL season between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants could serve as metaphor for the renewal of hostilities between Steven and me as we once again pit our prognosticating prowess against each other. On the one hand, you have an underachiever hoping that 2012 will be different than the disappointing 2011 effort (That would be Steven...
He's playing a Rams defense which ranked "Not That Pretty" in most every category last year. I have him winning the MVP so I'm wanting him to get off to a good start.
Miami had the 3rd best rush defense in the NFL last year. This off season they lost Yeremiah Bell (leading tackler from last year), Vontae Davis (lead team in INT...
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters Friday that playing RB Marshawn Lynch will be a game-time decision when they open the season at Arizona on Sunday.
“He made it through all of the work,” Carroll said “He looks good, but it’s still day-to-day. We’ve got to see how he responds [Saturday], so it takes us all the way to game time."
Marshawn Lynch sat at his locker on Wednesday as Seattle's star running back talked for the first time since the start of training camp.
The Seahawks hope Lynch is on his feet and on the field come Sunday in the season opener at Arizona and not just a spectator on the bench.
''The goal is to (play). But I stay ready,'' Lynch said. ''So if I do, I do...
Seahawks press conference notes from today. From Liz Mathews (710) and Curtis Crabtree (KJR) on Twitter.
Golden Tate OUT on Sunday. Marshawn Lynch practiced today is a gametime decision, listed as questionable, DB Byron Maxwell is doubtful, DE Greg Scruggs won't play, James Carpenter is also out.
Per John Boyle on Twitter (@johnpboyle) Seahawks captains voted by teammates Offense...
Game 1 is here…
That’s right, at long last regular season football is upon us! It’s Season Preview time. Part 1 & Part 2
251 long days since the Seattle Seahawks season ended, it starts again in the same place; Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium.
On that day, the Seattle Seahawks suffered their ninth lose on the season, but it was an exciting season, a season that...
It’s the first week of the NFL regular season and before I begin talking about it, why don’t we take a moment to be thankful that football is back. Now I know college football started last week and I’m aware that the preseason started over a month ago, but for an NFL guy like me, Wednesday night was the beginning of the best time of the year. The Giants and Cowboys already...
TEMPE, Ariz. When the Seahawks signed free agent quarterback Matt Flynn this summer, some assumed they were grooming their franchise quarterback a guy who would eventually take the reins from Tarvaris Jackson (now with Buffalo).
Then Seattle drafted Wisconsin standout Russell Wilson in the third round and the game changed. After an impressive preseason, Wilson was named the starter...
Seattle halfback Marshawn Lynch (back) returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.Fantasy Spin:There's really no way of predicting whether Lynch will be available Sunday. Even if he doesn't have back spasms for a few days the spasms could always return prior to Sunday's game. Lynch owners should be ready to plug in another option...
These teams have strong defenses.In a division won by the 49ers last year because of defense, this should come as no surprise. Teams often wind up mimicking their divisional rivals (the Ravens are built around defense, power running, and a developing quarterback with a big arm and big body, just like the Steelers), and the NFC West is no exception.Both teams have considerable continuity...
At long last, the Seahawks will be playing their first game of the regular season tomorrow. Here’s a few things to keep in mind as they take on the Cardinals:
1) The offensive line is Arizona’s weakest unit.
With their starting left tackle Levi Brown and best backup tackle (and former starting right tackle) Jeremy Bridges on injured reserve, the Cardinals will be forced to...
As I mentioned in the Madden Curse History post and on Friday's podcast, we here at Boris Diaw Time are going to be holding a special contest in honor of The Madden Curse. The contest goal will be to predict the Madden Curse as accurately as possible.
Here is some backstory as to why I would ever have such an idea...
In the fall of 2006, I was a junior at Grace College in...