With DT Tony McDaniel cleared via the concussion protocol, rookie RB C.J. Prosise is the only uncertainty regarding health as the Seahawks (11-5-1) leave Friday for the NFC divisional round playoff match in Atlanta Saturday (1:35 p.m., FOX) against the 11-5 Falcons.
“He made it through practice all this week and we’ll just take it day-to-day and take it to the stadium and see how it goes,” Carroll said. “He’s regaining his confidence and kind of getting going again. It’s been awhile, seven weeks or something like that. He took a lot of turns yesterday and again today.”
Carroll also said that starting RB Thomas Rawls has recovered sufficiently from his 27 carry game in the opening-round playoff win over Detroit.
McDaniel sat out the Lions game after being injured sometime in the regular-season finale against San Francisco.
Carroll dubious about Chargers in LA
As with many in the NFL, Carroll was skeptical about the Chargers’ chances as the second team in Los Angeles, where owner Dean Spanos confirmed Thursday his franchise will move next season after failing in a 15-year ordeal of pursuing public funding to replace Qualcomm Stadium.
“I think it’s hard having one, so it’s going to be harder having two,” said Carroll, who coached at USC for nine years. “I’ve heard some rumors that they’re going to play at the (30,000-seat Stub Hub Center in Carson for two years). It’s a beautiful stadium, just not very big.”
The plan is to join the Rams in 2019 in sharing owner Stan Kroenke plans for an enormous NFL campus/stadium in Inglewood.
“It’s going to be fascinating to see what happens,” he said. “I think it’s an extraordinary challenge for the people of the area to figure out their allegiance and what they’re doing. There will be a strong pull, I’m sure, from the southern part down by San Diego. It’s an enormous experiment.”
The Rams’ return to LA after 21-year hiatus in St. Louis got off to a slow start with the 4-12 Rams that included the firing of coach Jeff Fisher. The cavernous Coliseum was half-empty by season’s end, and TV ratings for the Rams were worse in the local market than the out-of-town ratings for teams when LA was without.