Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said defensive tackle Alan Branch and cornerback Byron Maxwell are questionable for Sunday’s game against Washington with ankle injuries.
Neither player practiced this week. Carroll said Branch will be a game-time decision. If Branch can’t play on Sunday, then University of Memphis product Clinton McDonald would get his first career start.
Seattle received McDonald, a third-year pro, from Cincinnati in a trade for cornerback Kelly Jennings. In 10 games, McDonald has 20 tackles on the year and a fumble recovery.
“Mac’s (McDonald) done a really good job,” Carroll said. “He’s been able to jump in here and play a couple positions and help us in nickel. And he’s a very tough guy. A really good effort guy, and he’s always where he’s supposed to be. So we feel like we really can count on him, and he’ll do things right.”
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Receiver Sidney Rice returned to practice today after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday with a knee issue. Rice was a full participant in practice and is probable for Sunday.
“Sidney did fine today,” Carroll said. “We had to rest him a little bit, but he did very well today. He’s ready to go.”
Receiver Ben Obomanu (knee/ankle), safety Atari Bigby (hamstring) and defensive end Anthony Hargrove (hamstring) all were full participants in practice and are probable for the Washington game.
The one surprise today was quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was a full participant in practice for a second straight day.
Jackson had been dialing it back on Fridays to rest his strained pectoral muscle. But Carroll said he felt good today, and Jackson took most of the reps with the first unit.
“That was a surprise,” Carroll said. “He felt a little better, so he got full-go today. So that’s good news. That’s the first time he’s been able to do this in weeks.”