Gallery and Wilkerson have knee sprains and other postgame notes

While a lot of injured players are expected back for the season opener–Russell Okung, David Hawthorne, Mike Williams and Marshawn Lynch among them–two are now in question after suffering knee sprains Friday night. Pete Carroll said that left guard Robert Gallery and backup defensive end Jimmy Wilk

erson both have sprains, “Significant enough that we have to be concerned about next week for those guys.”

Otherwise a lot of talk after the game was about Golden Tate and an offense that finally found a little bit of success. It was not a huge leap forward for Tavaris Jackson and the offense, but the fact that he finally had some time to throw and the offense moved the ball–Seattle punted only once–was a sign of progress.

“We found a rhythm today,” Jackson said. “We were able to gain some confidence. I think as a unit, a first unit, we did a pretty good job except for that interception I had. . . This was a good start.”

It was a particularly big game for Tate, who has struggle this preseason after coming into training camp as a player hoping to make a leap after a rough rookie season. Tate finished with a team-high 79 receiving yards on five catches and also had a punt return of 43 yards and a kick return of 34 yards.

“It’s been a long year and three games, but I felt like tonight it finally clicked,” Tate said. “And I’ve still go a lot of work to do. I’m going to watch the film like, ‘Wow, I wish I had that play back. I could have done this better.’ But just to show that I am capable of playing this game and being OK is the biggest thing.”

You may have noticed rookie right tackle James Carpenter playing late into the game. That’s because he and Breno Giacomini were splitting time as the battle at that position continue on. Carroll said a decision on who will start won’t likely come until late in the week.

“We wanted to do a thorough job of evaluating,” Carroll said of the Carpenter-Giacomini platoon. “There were a lot of plays in this game, it was a really cool game for these two kids, and we’ll just see where it goes. Both guys can play. It’s not that they can’t play, and we have a problem. We don’t have a problem. It’s, how far has James come?”

All for now. Tomorrow we’ll have cuts.

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