The Swartz Report From VMAC – November 13. 2013
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A 9 and 1 Seattle football team has fresh troops on the practice field. Just how many of them will play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings is still a big question.
Center Max Unger and defensive end Red Bryant were both limited participants in Wednesday’s Seahawks practice in Renton. Both starters are coming off concussions which kept them out of the Atlanta game.
Pro bowl left tackle Russell Okung continues to get plenty of time with the first string offense as he returns from torn ligaments in his big toe. Right tackle Breno Giacomini has recovered from knee surgery and was listed as a full participant.
Seattle’s offensive line is very deep heading into the final 6 games of the regular season, and Giacomini knows he will be battling for his starting job against young players like Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey.
“We have great depth all over the locker room, and these guys know it. Last year we were lucky not to have many injuries at all, ” said Giacomini. “It’s next man up man, you’re a Seahawk. That’s why you made this team.”
The Seahawks starting corners were both out of the Wednesday workouts. Brandon Browner is dealing with a significant groin injury. Richard Sherman did not participate due to a hip injury. Walter Thurmond III and Byron Maxwell have starting experience and will be ready to face the Vikings.
Other players who did not participate in the mid-week session were DT Tony McDaniel (hamstring) and DE Chris Clemons (non injury related, rest day).
Coming off a solid performance against Atlanta, the Seahawks defense knows it will have a huge task of bottling up the Vikings all everything running back Adrian Peterson.
Safety Earl Thomas III told reporters the defense must gang tackle and act like “piranhas” in order to prevent Peterson from having a huge day running the football. Thomas says he looks at NFL highlights of Peterson pumping his head up and down when he breaks a long run, and the Seahawks don’t want to see that pumping motion this Sunday.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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