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Seahawks notebook: LB K.J. Wright, TE Ed Dickson eyeing Week 8 return

Seahawks LB K.J. Wright missed the first six weeks of the season following knee surgery. (AP)

Pete Carroll spoke with reporters Tuesday afternoon at Seahawks’ headquarters for his first, and final, press conference of the week. The team will have this week off before returning to the field for an Oct. 28 game against the Detroit Lions.

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Here are a few quick notes:

Dickson, Wright eyeing return

After losing rookie Will Dissly (patellar tendon) for the season, the Seahawks will get some help at tight end with the return of Ed Dickson.

Dickson was placed on the non-football injury list to start the season, which requires a player to sit out at least six weeks before being promoted to the active roster. Dickson is set to make his return to practice, and could play in Seattle’s Week 8 game against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 28.

Dickson hinted at that return on Twitter a few weeks ago.

Linebacker K.J. Wright will also get his shot to return to practice for the first time in the regular season next week. Carroll said Wright will compete to play in Week 8. (It should be noted that even if Wright doesn’t play later this month, a return to practice would be a step forward for the veteran.)

 

‘We’re just getting rolling’

The Seahawks enter their bye week at .500 following a blowout win over the Oakland Raiders in London.

During his interview with Brock Huard and Mike Salk on 710 ESPN Seattle Tuesday morning, Carroll called the trip to London “one of my most favorite experiences I’ve ever had.”

He expanded on that during his press conference, adding that he’s happy this is the game Seattle is going into its bye on.

“This is a good time for us,” Carroll said, “and we have very high hopes that we can keep getting better. We’re just getting rolling. I’ll never not be frustrated by the way we started this season, but we’re moving. … We’ve got a chance to be a really nice team, and guys in this room know that.”

‘You couldn’t ask for a better guy’

Carroll’s press conference came less than 24 hours after the news of Paul Allen’s death.

Allen, who died of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma Monday at age 65, became the owner of the Seahawks franchise in 1996.

“This was a great man and an extraordinary guy to work with and to compete with,” Carroll said. “So to the families and everybody, our hearts go out to everyone, and we’ll miss every aspect of our relationship. With that, we’re going to miss a good friend.”

Allen, who had previously battled with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, announced on Oct. 1 the disease had returned. Carroll said he noticed Allen was dealing with illness – the owner was unable to go to games or travel – but news of Allen’s passing on Oct. 15 shocked the coach.

“You couldn’t ask for a better guy to support what we’re trying to do here,” Carroll said. “Paul had a great thought about (leadership). He wanted to put people in charge and give them what they needed and the resources they needed, and then he wanted you to go for it. He didn’t want you to hold back, he wanted at all times to be pushing ahead. And that’s all we could ever hope for. He was not a hands-on owner, but his spirit was on everything we were doing and the message was clear (about) how he wanted us to go about our business. That’s why John (Schneider) and I were in such concert from the beginning. You couldn’t ask for a better format and a better setup.”

 

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