The Seahawks' battered, makeshift offensive line will apparently be more whole on Sunday against the New York Giants.
Two-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger completed his first week of practice in more than a month today, and coach Pete Carroll said Unger will play Sunday for the first time since he sprained his foot on Oct. 6 late in the win at Washington.
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Asked if he and his sprained foot are 100 percent healthy and normal now, Unger looked up from his locker and said "Yeah, that's a pretty relative term, you know. 'Normal' this time of year is kind of rough, as you see. Just part of the game. You roll with it, get lots of treatment and play the best that you can."
Carroll also says left tackle Russell Okung will start against the Giants. Okung missed last weekend's win over Oakland with a calf strain.
"That's obviously very positive for us," Carroll said.
The only injured starting offensive lineman not expected to play Sunday is James Carpenter. The left guard hasn't practiced since he sprained his ankle in the Raiders game last Sunday.
But strong safety Kam Chancellor appears to be in full preservation mode. Carroll made it sound like Chancellor will miss his second consecutive game with a strained groin, on top of bone spurs in his ankles. Chancellor hadn't missed a game since 2011 before this.
"He's going to have to talk us into it at this point," Carroll said of Chancellor playing Sunday.
That means fourth-year veteran Jeron Johnson from Boise State is likely to make his first career start in his 38th career game. Johnson got back this week from the concussion that left him out of the Oakland game.
Carroll said Johnson "is best prepared" and that the team expects him to play well against New York. DeShawn Shead, also a cornerback, started last week for Chancellor and Johnson at safety and played the entire game.
Nickel back Marcus Burley, who has been great filling in for the seven games Jeremy Lane has missed because of a groin injury, is himself on the injury list with a new hamstring injury. The Seahawks are likely to make a roster move before tomorrow afternoon to activate Lane from the injured-reserve-with-a-designation-to-return list.
Calm those fears about Marshawn Lynch and Doug Baldwin. The running back and wide receiver are good to go for the Giants game. Each starter missed practice time this week for calf and groin injuries, respectively.
Carroll said cornerback Byron Maxwell will be a game-time decision to play Sunday. He hasn't played since he strained his calf on Oct. 12 during the loss to Dallas. Second-year man Tharold Simon is likely to make his fourth consecutive and fourth career start on Sunday.
--Following this afternoon's outdoors practice, Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson received awards from the Pro Football Writers' Association for their cooperation with the league's media across the country.
Here is News Tribune columnist Dave Boling presenting Carroll with his PFWA award. I thought my colleague should have been presenting the award to Carroll while in a coat and tie on the field at CenturyLink before 68,000 prior to Sunday's game(!):