"He did well - practiced the whole practice today", Carroll said after practice Friday. We'll see how he is tomorrow all the way to game day, but he looked really good.
The Seahawks started their season with a loss on the road against the Green Bay Packers.
"He did have to play through some", he said. "His attitude about being injured and whether he can play or not is so far off the charts - courageous and determined, committed - that he just won't accept it". "We'll see whether or not he is going to be available".
An offense that led the National Football League in the preseason in total yards - standing in the top four in both rushing and passing - was held to its fewest yards in a regular-season game in nearly three years (225) and just three field goals as the Packers pulled away late for a 17-9 win.
Whether Sherman will miss his first game of his career or not, the Seahawks are confident in their depth at corner. The topic came up.
"We're anxious to see him play", Carroll said.
"I have no doubts that we will be better, that we will improve and we will get better in all the areas", Bevell said.
Likely to take his place at strongside linebacker is Michael Wilhoite, a former 49er who signed with Seattle as a free agent in the offseason but has yet to play in either the preseason or regular season due to a calf injury. But the Seahawks say they know Shanahan's offense can create big plays if they allow themselves to get confused by any of the array of motions and formations the 49ers are sure to throw at them. He was always very interested in why and what to expect in all of that and sure enough now we're competing against the guys.
Other players who were limited earlier in the week - RB Thomas Rawls, CB Shaquill Griffin, LB K.J. Wright and rookie SS Delano Hill - fully participated. The last meeting, in Week 17 of last season, was the only Seattle victory over the stretch decided by fewer than 10 points.
Seattle's running game, with the exception of one long jaunt by rookie Chris Carson, was nonexistent against Green Bay. I think he was unfortunate in the back of the end zone, should have been our ball, first down on the 1-yard line. The loss of six points as well as a starting cornerback was a huge setback in a close game.
"I learned a lot", Carroll said Wednesday."Yeah". That conversation about the specifics of it - I told you I thought the (TV) guys calling the game saw it pretty clearly. So, instead of playing with massive chalk, I'm going to side with the over on the total.