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Russell Okung, Max Unger out; J.R. Sweezy will play, Carroll says



Both Russell Okung and Max Unger will sit because of injuries in Sunday night's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

That's what Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after practice Friday. That leaves the Seahawks without their two All-Pro offensive linemen against a Cardinals pass rush that sacked quarteraback Russell Wilson seven times the last time these teams met on Nov. 23.

But the good news: Carroll said right guard J.R. Sweezy will play. He missed Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury and is listed as probable on the injury report.

So it's not quite half the O-line out. Carroll said Alvin Bailey will play at left tackle, which he has been able to practice at all week. But he wasn't clear on who would start for Unger at center between Lemuel Jeanpierre and Patrick Lewis.

"Lem is ready to go and Patrick Lewis is ready to go," Carroll said. "Both those guys took snaps this week."

Okung suffered a bruised lung in last week's game against the San Francisco 49ers and he was reportedly coughing up blood on the sideline at the end of the first half. He is officially listed as out.

Unger is doubtful on the official injury report, but Carroll said he won't play.

"We always talk about how do you handle the work load and it set him back a little bit," Carroll said.  "He was pushing to get there for last week's game and couldn't make it. It is one of those high ankles, sometimes they make it, sometimes they don’t. This once is capturing him a little bit.

"He did work and run yesterday and he did again today so he’s got a chance for next week."

Carroll said it is just the ankle hampering Unger and not the knee which he twisted Week 11 against the Kansas City Chiefs.


WR Paul Richardson got a break from practice yesterday with a hamstring injury, but he returned Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday. TE Tony Moeaki (shoulder) did not practice and is questionable, as is WR Chris Matthews (hamstring). DT Demarcus Dobbs (ankle) is doubtful, but Carroll said he's not ready, though he could return by the end of the season.

RB Marshawn Lynch (back) and TE Cooper Helfet (ankle) are listed as probable.