The Swartz Report From VMAC – October 4, 2013
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For the second Friday in a row the Seahawks are preparing or an AFC South opponent with a 10 a.m. pacific time zone Sunday kickoff. 4 and 0 Seattle takes on the 3 and 1 Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Hawks offensive line was minus 3 starters last week at Houston. That could be the case again with Breno Giacomini (knee surgery) and Russell Okung (toe) definitely out of action. Center Max Unger was limited in practice with a triceps injury, and is listed as questionable for the Colts game.
Coach Pete Carroll said Unger and tight end Zach Miller will both be game time decisions. Miller tweeked his hamstring during practice this week, and would be a huge loss to all facets of Seattle’s offense. Carroll said he’s confident Kellen Davis and rookie Luke Willson can handle extra assignments at the tight end position.
Defensive back Jeremy Lane is ruled out with a hamstring injury. That means former Washington Husky Jermaine Kearse will handle the kick return chores.
The Hawks do get safety Jerron Johnson back from injury, and Carroll said rookie defensive lineman Jordan Hill is not far away from his first NFL game action after sitting out 4 games with an arm injury.
Seattle’s pass rush was a major part of last Sunday’s come-from-behind overtime victory at Houston. Chris Clemons, Cliff Avril, Brandon Mebane and Clinton McDonald all took turns sacking or hitting Matt Schaub. The Hawks also brought occasional blitzes from the linebackers. That style sets up well for Bruce Irvin, who is eligible to play after serving a 4 game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy.
The second year man from West Virginia University will be asked to play more pass coverage and set the edge on running plays. Irvin could also be a factor in turning up the heat on the Colts talented quarterback Andrew Luck.
Newly acquired quarterback B.J. Daniels did some throwing in Friday’s practice. Carroll said Seattle had its sights on Daniels in the draft, but the 49-ers took him earlier than they had projected. The Hawks were more than happy Daniels was waived by San Francisco earlier this week. He will wear number 5.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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