There’s a possibility the Seattle Seahawks could be missing 3 of their 5 starting offensive lineman Sunday.  Against Houston, that’s a problem!

Coach Pete Carroll said after Friday’s practice in Renton it will be game time decisions for both center Max Unger (bicep injury), and right tackle Breno Giacomini, (knee).  4th year lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre has been taking most of the center snaps, while rookie Michael Bowie received most of the work at right tackle.

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Seattle already had to shift Paul McQuistan to left tackle after pro bowler Russell Okung tore ligaments in his big toe.

Carroll said the offensive scheme won’t change much with the substitutes, but did admit the Texans have one of the best pass rushes Seattle might face this season.  Houston’s J.J. Watt is the reigning AFC defensive MVP, and Brian Cushing is capable of disrupting most offenses with his play making abilities.

The Hawks did receive some positive injury news.  Defensive lineman Red Bryant’s back problem has subsided and he participated in full practice.  Receiver Jermaine Kearse overcame a sprained ankle in the Jacksonville game and appears ready to face the Texans.


Houston has an offensive line injury concern of its own.  Left tackle Duane Brown has been dealing with turf toe, and missed the Texans Friday practice.  Coach Gary Kubiak says it could be a game time decision.

Receiver Andre Johnson (bruised shin) did make it through Friday’s session and believes he will be ready to face Seattle’s top ranked defense.

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The Seahawks defense is ranked number one in the NFL in several categories, and Houston number 2.  Pete Carroll believes the punters and return men could be a factor in a field position game at Reliant Stadium.   It’s a 10 a.m. kickoff (PST) Sunday on Fox television network.


Receiver Golden Tate received a $21,000 fine by the NFL for his bone-crushing block on a Jacksonville Jaguars safety.  The hit was NOT flagged for a penalty during the game.  Coach Carroll said it was a legal block and Tate should not have been penalized.

-Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan

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