Seahawks' offensive line remains hurting unit

Giacomini’s knee surgery means Seahawks still need McQuistan, Bowie to play

todd.dybas@thenewstribune.comOctober 1, 2013 

Seahawks lineman Paul McQuistan, left, playing for injured Russell Okung earlier this season, will likely play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

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RENTON—Upbeat and enthusiastic at all times, what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is thinking may be more evident when he doesn’t hand out effusive praise.

For instance, this was his assessment on Monday of left tackle Paul McQuistan:

“He’s surviving.”

His thought on the other side, where rookie Michael Bowie started at right tackle Sunday against the Houston Texans:

“He survived the game.”

When the ability to inhale oxygen is the most positive thing Carroll says about a player, it’s actually an indictment.

Both McQuistan and Bowie will likely be on the field this Sunday when the undefeated Seahawks (4-0) travel to face the upstart Indianapolis Colts (3-1) at Lucas Oil Stadium because right tackle Breno Giamcomini had knee surgery Monday.

Giacomini had the surgery to clear out “loose bodies.”

“The surgery went really well and the doctors were really pleased that there wasn’t a lot of problems with his knee structurally and that he can get back quickly from this,” Carroll said. “So we’ll hope, whatever that means I don’t know because he has to do the recovering, but they think that he’ll get back in a pretty short time here.”

The news about All-Pro center Max Unger, and his backup, was better.

Unger was inactive for the game in Houston because of a triceps injury. Carroll said the team is going to be cautious with Unger early this week.

“Hope by the end of the week, he’ll be able to go,” Carroll said.

Carroll did say that Unger’s replacement, Lemuel Jeanpierre, played “a great football game for us.”

That wasn’t the case for McQuistan, right guard J.R. Sweezy or left guard James Carpenter. Each was beaten by a menacing J.J. Watt and the Texans’ defensive line throughout the game.

With Pro-Bowl left tackle Russell Okung on short-term injured reserve, the Seahawks have few options beyond McQuistan. Rookie Alvin Bailey is next on the depth chart. He’s followed by newcomer Caylin Hauptmann, who is so fresh, he briefly went the wrong way in the VMAC last week after practice when trying to find the locker room.

Since Giacomini is out, the right side will again consist of Bowie, who made his first career start Sunday, and Sweezy. Carroll expects another week together will produce improved results.

“They’re going to improve,” Carroll said. “It’s going to be easier for Mike with the second time out at right tackle and where he’s really starting a game and he gets the whole week’s preparation. I thought that he and Sweez did better as the game went on together working on the right side. (They) struggled earlier and got better in terms of working together.”

IRVIN RETURNS

Rush end Bruce Irvin was back with the Seahawks on Monday after serving his four-game suspension for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Irvin was training in West Virginia, where he went to college, during the suspension.

The Seahawks begin the week using a roster exception for Irvin, which allows Seattle to wait until Saturday to cut another player from the 53-man roster if it chooses to activate Irvin for Sunday’s game.

“He’s in good shape, he’s healthy, and he’s worked really hard,” Carroll said. “We’ll see how he fits in as we start practice up on Wednesday.”

The Seahawks selected Irvin with the 15th overall pick of the 2012 draft. He had eight sacks in his rookie season.

BENNETT COULD BE BACK

After being immobilized and taken off the field Sunday, defensive lineman Michael Bennett was feeling much better.

He was diagnosed with a strained muscle in his back. Initially, the injury appeared to be much worse.

Carroll said Bennett will practice this week and could even play next Sunday.

“He went from where he was, to feeling pretty good (Monday),” Carroll said. “He was really scared.”

EXTRA POINTS

Cornerback Jeremy Lane has a hamstring problem. … Linebacker K.J. Wright left Sunday’s game because of a shoulder problem, but returned. Carroll said, “There’s some history there” with Wright and shoulder trouble. … Carroll also said, when asked about the firing of USC coach Lane Kiffin: “It’s been a hard time for the Trojans family.” Carroll, who preceded Kiffin in Los Angeles, has known Kiffin since Kiffin was a young boy. Carroll hired Kiffin on as the wide receivers coach at USC in 2001.

Todd Dybas todd.dybas@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @Todd_Dybas

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