If you’re looking for a definitive answer on whether Tarvaris Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst will be the Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback this week, you’ll have to wait until Sunday.
Jackson was a limited participant in practice for the third straight day, and will be listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report. And Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said he will take the decision up until game time.
“We prepared all week long to get Charlie ready to start, and that’s what we’re thinking right now,” Carroll said. “But we’re going to still see what Tarvaris does in the next, couple days. He threw well yesterday, and he feels okay. So we’ll go all the way up to game time to see where he is. But we’ve prepared Charlie, and we’re ready to do that.”
Center Max Unger did not practice on Friday because of a foot issue and is listed as doubtful. Lemuel Jeanpierre has been working all week with the first unit and will start on Sunday if Unger does not come around in the next, two days.
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“He’s got a sore foot, but he can move it,” Carroll said about Unger. “So he’s just listed as doubtful right now.”
Tight end Zach Miller is out for Sunday because he has not passed the concussion tests, which means Anthony McCoy will get his first start of the year. The Seahawks also will have to make a roster move on Sunday to add depth to that position, with only one healthy tight end on the active roster.
So either John Nalbone will be elevated from the practice squad, of Cameron Morrah will be activated off the PUP list.
Carroll also said there’s a chance that Deon Butler and Roy Lewis could be activated off the PUP list, and the expanded options are a good thing for his team coming off the bye week.
“There’s actually a lot of things we can do right now,” Carroll said. “We have to feel it out, and we’re going to use every minute that we can and assess it. But we’re better off than we’ve been. And we have more choices than we’ve had with guys coming back.”
Carroll also praised the play of Robert Gallery coming back from a groin injury this week, and said he will play on Sunday.
Gallery is listed as probable, along with running back Marshawn Lynch (ankle), linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and receiver Mike Williams (head).
And the Seahawks made another roster move, bringing back Allen Bradford as a linebacker on the practice squad, and letting go of Vai Taua. Bradford was signed to the active roster earlier this week as a running back, but Carroll believe he’ll be a better fit at linebacker.
“When we recruited him way back then he played everything, and he was a great defensive player,” Carroll said about Bradford, who played for him at USC. “And so we’re going to give him a look at that while he’s on the practice squad and see what happens, knowing that he can run the football. And he’ll run the football every day for us.”