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Pete Carroll hopes to joke, visit with Mark Sanchez before Sunday's game; lightest Seahawks injury list in weeks

I asked coach Pete Carroll before the team left for Philadelphia immediately following this afternoon's indoor practice if he is going to make a point to visit with his former quarterback at USC Mark Sanchez before Sanchez quarterbacks the Eagles against the Seahawks on Sunday, or after the game, to say "Hi" or ...

"Punch him?" Carroll joked. "No, he may give me a shot in the ribs or something.

"I hope so. I hope to see him -- he and Matt," Carroll said of the other former QB of his with SC Philadelphia has, backup Matt Barkley. "There's a good history with us. We've had a great time together. And we will always share our experiences. That will always keep us connected, so it's always fun to see those guys."

As for the lightest injury report the Seahawks have had in many moons, the report is below. It's the flip, positive side of having to play Sunday and Thursday games last week, with 10 days between the 8-4 Seahawks' Thankgiving win at San Francisco and Sunday's biggie at Philadelphia (9-3).


No surprises here.

Unger is going to miss his third consecutive game with a high-ankle sprain and twisted knee, though the team is hoping he can practice next week before the home game against San Francisco. Carroll says on the video above that Helfet and Lane will be game-time decisions after each tries to prove to the team's medical staff Sunday afternoon that they can play. I'd be surprised if either does. That would mean again prominent roles for Tony Moeaki at tight end and Tharold Simon at cornerback.

Carroll noted today how much the team likes the matchup inside of playing usual cornerback Byron Maxwell at nickel back and Simon at corner opposite Richard Sherman. The way Chip Kelly has the Eagles spreading out defenses with multiple wide receivers and LeSean McCoy as the lone running back, the Seahawks could be in nickel plenty again on Sunday.

Maxwell, Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennett are all fine after missing some practice time earlier this week, in what is becoming standard for having starters get rest between games.

Here is what the Eagles list for injuries: