The Swartz Report From VMAC – October 11, 2013
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Max is back. Zach might be. Bobby, probably not. That pretty much sums up the Seattle Seahawks injury news following Friday’s practice inside the VMAC.
Pro Bowl center Max Unger took snaps all week long with the first string offense. The University of Oregon product missed Seattle’s last two games with a triceps injury. Coach Pete Carroll noted Unger’s obvious importance to the entire offense.
“He’s a huge addition for us because he’s grown up in the system and with Tom (Cable), He’s a tremendous captain on the field for all the identifications and the signals,” said Carroll.
Tight end Zach Miller did some light running most of the week, and Carroll termed him close to returning from a hamstring injury. Miller is officially listed as questionable and most likely a game day decision.
On the doubtful list is middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who has been in a protective boot most of the week, dealing with a high ankle sprain. Carroll says it would be an “optimistic outside shot” Wagner could play Sunday. K.J. Wright will move to the inside, and Malcolm Smith starts at the weakside linebacker spot.
Because Seattle plays at Arizona next Thursday, the coaching staff and trainers might be extra cautious with injured players to make sure they are 100 percent.
Ruled out for the Titans game are right tackle Breno Giacomini (knee), and running back Spencer Ware (ankle).
With Ryan Fitzpatrick replacing an injured Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker, the Seahawks anticipate the Titans using more of their lightning-fast running back Chris Johnson. I asked coach Carroll what is the key to keeping Johnson bottled up.
“He’s not just an outside runner, and the burst he has shocks you, ” said Carroll. “We really have to keep the run lanes tight and not give him a lot of space, because he gets into high gear and he’s really hard to stop.”
Marshawn Lynch and Sidney Rice were given the Friday practice off. The coach said Lynch was treated for a minor hip problem and both men should be ready to go Sunday.
Not only is former Washington Husky Jake Locker out for Tennessee, but they are also missing running back Shon Greene (knee), and linebacker Zaviar Gooden (hamstring)
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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