Time for the weekly public-service announcement to not get alarmed by Marshawn Lynch not practicing. Since October, the Seahawks have held Lynch out of mid-week practices -- and he has still yet to miss a game since October 2011.
Max Unger is still a day-to-day proposition to return to play Sunday against the 49ers, according to coach Pete Carroll. The two-time Pro Bowl center has missed the last three games with a high-ankle sprain and twisted knee he got in the fourth quarter of the loss at Kansas City on Nov. 16. Lemuel Jeanpierre has started the last two games at center and has solidified the communication before snaps and thus the Seahawks' pass protection somewhat, though quarterback Russell Wilson continues to scramble away from constant pressure from opposing pass rushers.
Demarcus Dobbs could be a candidate for injured reserve, given former Cincinnati Bengals practice-squad defensive end David King was in the Seahawks' locker room today. King was Philadelphia's seventh-round draft choice in 2013. The team has yet to announce his signing.
Carroll again said Jeremy Lane's return to health after missing the last two games gives the Seahawks flexibility at nickel defensive back. Starting cornerback Byron Maxwell has excelled at nickel on passing situations the last two games, and so has second-year cornerback Tharold Simon replacing Maxwell when Maxwell has moved inside against slot receivers.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The News Tribune
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevelll spoke following practice. He said it was news to him that Wisconsin's head-coaching job opened this afternoon. The former Badgers quarterback reiterated he'd like to be a head coach some day. Some reports nationally are starting to mention Bevell as a candidate to replace Gary Andersen, who abruptly left for Oregon State's head job today.