O-Line for Seahawks May be Very Thin Against Jacksonville

By Matthew Asher

While there are five players out on the defense, it’s the offense which may have took the worse hit. Of the four offensive players, three of them are starters on the offensive line: Right tackle Breno Giacomini (knee), left tackle Russell Okung (toe) and right guard JR Sweezy (back). One is listed as out for the game while the other two are probable.

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 14: Russell Okung #76 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to make a block during a game against the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field on October 14, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks beat the Patriots 24-23.  (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

(Credit, Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Giacomini was limited in practice on Wednesday but was able to fully participate on Thursday and Friday. He is listed as probable but if unavailable to play Alvin Bailey would probably be his replacement. Russell Okung was listed as out rather than DNP all three days and is declared out for this game. Paul McQuistan is currently listed as Okung’s backup.

J.R. Sweezy (back) is the third and final starting offensive player listed in Seattle’s injury report. He did not practice on Wednesday but was able to fully participate in Thursday’s and Friday’s sessions. If he cannot play his backup is listed as James Carpenter. The only backup listed on the offensive side of the injury report is fullback Spencer Ware (ankle), Derrick Coleman’s backup. He was unable to practice both Wednesday and Thursday.

The defensive side of the ball looks a little better than it did last week against San Francisco. While three of the five Seahawks listed on the defensive side are starters, unlike last week, their backups are not listed this week meaning it should be easier to predict who will fill in at what position.

The only Seahawk on the defensive side listed as out is second string defensive tackle Jordan Hill (biceps). Tony McDaniel’s backup did not participate in any of the practices this week. The other Seattle backup is strong safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring). Like Hill, he was unable to participate in practice any of the days this week. Kam Chancellor’s replacement is listed as doubtful

Right defensive end Chris Clemons (knee) was able to participate every day of practice this week. He is listed as probable. If he cannot play Cliff Avril is the probable replacement. Outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) is listed as questionable. He did not participate in practice either Wednesday or Thursday but was limited in practice on Friday. Mike Morgan would fill in for Smith if he is unable to play.

The final Seahawk listed is starting cornerback Brandon Browner (hamstring). He was limited in practice on Wednesday but was able to fully participate on both Thursday and Friday. Walter Thurmond would be the likely candidate to start if Browner is unable on Sunday.

With a win on Sunday, Seattle will have won 10 straight home games and would be 3-0 for the first time since 2006.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:25 pm PDT on CBS.


For reference:

  • Probable: a 75% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
  • Questionable: a 50% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
  • Doubtful: a 25% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
  • Out: there is no chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game

For more Seahawks news and updates, visit Seahawks Central.

Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on


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