Center Max Unger has been a key to the Seahawks’ third-ranked rushing attack, as well as a steadying influence for rookie QB Russell Wilson and a revolving quartet of guards.
The second-year linebacker played well in a spot start for Hill last week and figures to play a lot this week — whether he starts or not.
Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Carpenter, whose knee is bothering him, was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list, and little-used wide receiver Braylon Edwards was waived/injured.
The Seattle Seahawks reached to draft James Carpenter 25th overall in 2011, and he has not been able to hold on to his right tackle job or stay healthy enough to even play consistently at left guard.
With Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner facing possible suspensions next week, the Hawks also might lose Red Bryant to plantar fasciitis and/or Leroy Hill to a bum ankle.
After missing almost two full games with a concussion, the linebacker is expected to bring back some missing leadership to Seattle’s defense. Said coach Pete Carroll: “It’s a big boost for us to get him back out there.”
James Carpenter returned to practice after missing the last two games with a concussion, but will he or John Moffitt start between Russell Okung and Max Unger?
The Hawks have not had any major injuries, but their offense has never been at full strength and their defense was wearing down as their bye week approached. With a week off, though, they should be ready to go with the full roster.
Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and receivers Golden Tate and Sidney Rice finally have added the missing dimension for the Hawks, and their continued rise could result in a playoff spot.
K.J. Wright will be the first starter to miss a game, while left guard James Carpenter also will miss the game against the Jets.