Marshawn Lynch, Max Unger, Russell Okung, Earl Thomas and Leon Washington were all deserving choices, while Richard Sherman and Chris Clemons were left out.
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.
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?
Among the other Seattle players having great seasons are punter Jon Ryan, safety Kam Chancellor and center Max Unger. Richard Sherman and Brandon Mebane are not getting the same recognition despite their own stellar seasons.
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.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch now has run for 1,946 yards in his last 19 games and is on pace for a career-high 1,608 yards this season — quite a switch from the 836 rushing yards he had in his first 18 games in Seattle.
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.
The Seattle Seahawks released little-used wide receiver Charly Martin on Tuesday, seemingly making room for cornerback Walter Thurmond to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list.