Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll tests positive for COVID-19

Aug 1, 2022, 1:05 PM | Updated: 4:11 pm
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Seahawks coach coach Pete Carroll jogs off the field before a game against the 49ers on Dec. 5. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will be absent from the team’s training camp for the time being after testing positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, the team announced Monday.

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According to a statement from the Seahawks PR account on Twitter, Carroll will remain in contact with the coaching staff and participate in team meetings virtually until he is cleared to return to the team. He is fully vaccinated and experiencing mild symptoms.

The earliest Carroll could rejoin the Seahawks once he tests negative for COVID-19 is Saturday, which is when the team is scheduled to hold a mock game at Lumen Field.

Carroll, who is the oldest coach in the NFL and will turn 71 next month, is entering his 13th year in charge of the team. He owns a 119-73-1 record with Seattle and has led the Hawks to playoff appearances in all but three of his seasons. His absence will certainly throw a wrench into things for a Seattle squad that has made several changes since last season, especially on the defensive side of the coaching staff.

Under the enthusiastic Carroll, who has been a big proponent of COVID-19 vaccinations, the Hawks have been one of the better teams since the pandemic at avoiding the virus with no positive tests in 2020 and only a few instances impacting members of the roster late last season.

Seattle began training camp on Wednesday, July 27. The team has just under two weeks until its first preseason game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Aug. 13. That 4 p.m. game, like all Seahawks broadcasts, will be carried on Seattle Sports Station 710 AM, the flagship of the Seahawks Radio Network.

Seattle will start the 2022 season on Monday, Sept. 12 against the Denver Broncos in quarterback Russell Wilson’s first regular season game since being traded from the Hawks to Denver.

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