VMAC Report 12/20: Hawks Shuffle O-Line for Arizona
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Seattle managed to whip the Arizona Cardinals in week 7 without starting offensive tackles Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung. Now in week 16 the Seahawks will once again have to replace a starting lineman. Right guard J.R. Sweezy has been ruled out due to a concussion he suffered in the Giants game.
“He’s going through the process and protocol, and did not make it, and we’ll keep him out this week, ” said coach Pete Carroll after Friday’s practice. Carroll would not divulge which player will fill in for Sweezy on the right side, but the Hawks have several suitable options.
Paul McQuistan has played nearly every position on the line, and James Carpenter could flip over to the right side from the left. Rookies Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey have both played guard in college and in NFL game conditions.
Communication for run blocking plays will be critical against the Cards, who have the NFL’s top ranked rush defense. Arizona also has dangerous pass rushers in John Abraham, Darnell Dockett, and Carlos Dansby.
Receiver Percy Harvin will miss yet another game due to his hip problems. Linebacker K.J. Wright is out as he recovers from surgery to repair a cracked foot bone. Carroll said cornerback Jeremy Lane is fine after resting a sore ankle Thursday, and running back Robert Turbin is also ready to play after nursing a slight groin injury.
The Arizona Cardinals have listed pro bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald as questionable due to his concussion. Quarterback Carson Palmer is also questionable because of sprained ankle. Safety Rashad Johnson is the only Arizona player listed as doubtful due to an ankle injury.
Seattle is a 10 point favorite on the home field. A Seahawks victory or San Francisco loss to Atlanta would clinch the NFC West and a first round playoff bye for Seattle.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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