Seattle Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice missed his second straight practice with a knee issue, making his availability for Sunday uncertain.
However, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Wednesday that he planned on resting his big-play receiver this week.
Rice has not missed a game this season since missing the first two games with a shoulder injury, but has been on the injury report the past two weeks with foot, and now a knee issue.
If Rice cannot go, Golden Tate could be on track to get his first start, although Ben Obomanu (ankle/knee) was a limited participant in practice on Thursday.
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Others who did not practice include defensive tackle Alan Branch (ankle) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (ankle). If Branch can’t go, then Clinton McDonald would get the nod at defensive tackle next to Brandon Mebane.
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral), safety Atari Bigby (hamstring) and defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove (hamstring) all were full participants at practice today.
The Seahawks announced that offensive tackle James Carpenter and John Moffitt both had successful knee surgeries on Wednesday at Seattle surgery center, performed by team doctors Ed Khalfayan and Mike McAdam.
Carpenter suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee last week. And Moffitt suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Baltimore.
Seattle had a vacant roster spot after placing Carpenter on the injured reserve list, and brought back offensive tackle Allen Barbre. The 27-year-old Missouri Southern State product has seven career starts, and was on the active roster for three games last year while with Seattle.
Barbre was with Miami for training camp and was released on Sept. 6. He was a fourth round selection by Green Bay in the 2007 draft.
After practice, Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was asked about the success of his big buys up front in stopping the run, and how that philosophy developed.
“Our philosophy here right from the start, right when Pete got here was to get big up front,” he said. “Make sure we do everything we can to stop the run, shore up things and guys understanding their fits, and take it from there.”
Bradley also talked about how teams are trying to attack Seattle’s big defensive front.
“We’re seeing a lot of what you call cut plays, where they’re trying to put a guy off the line of scrimmage and bring him back across for cuts, like the Y (tight end) cuts and the slides we call them,” Bradley said. “And that’s just really testing the linebackers on their fits.
“And a lot of teams will just try to get us running. They’ll try to stretch us out and see if they can get any cutback lanes. I think the size, and the way we play our techniques we’re really heavy into the linemen. And that keeps us from really running and stretching, and to do that you’ve got to have size.”
Bradley said that teams also are trying to attack the perimeter in the run game, which Dallas had some success with. Bradley said a key for Seattle’s defense in stopping that is setting the edge and making sure no one gets outside of containment.