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Bevell plans to keep O-line shuffling to a minimum

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said ideally he and offensive line coach Tom Cable would not like to move guys around on the offensive line. But with James Carpenter done for the season, Seattle will work to get the best five guys at their best positions for Sunday.

So that means you likely will see some shuffling along the interior of the offensive line this week, with Paul McQuistan, John Moffitt and J.R. Sweezy all getting reps at both guard spots.

“We try not to move guys around,” Bevell said. “I mean you’d like to be able to plug the next guy in, (because) then when you start moving pieces, now you’re affecting two and three spots. So we’ll do as minimal movement as we can, but there may be times where you have to do that.”

Bevell said he planned to run some read option against Chicago last week, but mostly stayed with in the overtime because it proved so effective in getting to the edges of the Bears’ defense.

“I told coach that was our overtime plan,” Bevell said. “We did it six times in the overtime. No, it was definitely something we wanted to use going in.

“We started with it going into the overtime. Then I put a different a formation on it, and then when we did it, I kind of liked the matchup a little better. On the first time I think we got it on (Israel) Idonije rather than (Julius) Peppers. And a couple times early it was on Peppers, and he’s a pretty good athlete and can change directions.

“So then I saw that the first time, so we ran that three straight times to start the overtime (against Idonije), and it ended up being pretty good for us.”

The Seahawks added a unique player to the practice squad in running back Derrick Coleman. The UCLA product is deaf and uses hearing aids, so Seattle will have to make some adjustments in how to relay the team’s audible system as he learns the offense.

Coleman traveled to Seattle for a pre-draft visit in April.

“He wasn’t even in the meeting this morning that we were doing,” Bevell said. “He got here a little late. So we’ll have to adjust and see how all of that goes.”

Bevell, who played quarterback at the University of Wisconsin, said he has not heard from his alma mater about the school’s vacant job opening, with current head coach Bret Bielema resigning to take the head football job at Arkansas.

Also, Steve Mariucci of the NFL Network was at practice today, working on a feature on Russell Wilson.

On the injury front for Seattle, defensive end Red Bryant (foot) and cornerback Marcus Trufant (hamstring) did not practice today

Running back Marshawn Lynch (back), receiver Sidney Rice (head) and linebacker Leroy Hill (ankle) were limited.

For Arizona, receiver Andre Roberts (ankle) and defensive end Ronald Talley did not practice.

Defensive end Calais Campbell (calf), quarterback Kevin Kolb (ribs), safety Kerry Rhodes (quad), linebacker Reggie Walker (knee) and running back Beanie Wells (knee) were limited.

Defensive back Justin Bethel (shoulder), receiver Early Doucet (ribs), long snapper Mike Leach (back) and linebacker Paris Lenon (shoulder) were full participants.