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Whitehurst says he's ready

For a second straight day Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was a limited participant in practice, again making some light throws during individual work and doing handoffs in inside running drills.

And reserve Charlie Whitehurst once again took the majority of reps with the starters during practice, so it’s looking more and more like Whitehurst will be the guy on Sunday.

And the Clemson product says he’s ready for his first start of the season.

“I think we’ve had a pretty good week,” Whitehurst said. “We’ll see what happens with who’s under center but I’m confident that if my number’s called, I can perform.”

Whitehurst said he’s prepared all week as if he will be the starter on Sunday.

“That’s the way I’m approaching it,” he said. “I’m ready to play and if it’s not me on Sunday, then I’ll be ready to play on the second snap. Like I said, we’ve had a good week of practice. We’ve got Friday to wrap things up and we go to Cleveland.”

Center Max Unger (foot) and tight end Zach Miller (head/neck) missed practice again, and are looking like they could miss Sunday’s game. Lemuel Jeanpierre would start in place of Unger at center, and Anthony McCoy would get the nod for Miller if both players can’t go.

Running back Marshawn Lynch (ankle), receiver Mike Williams (concussion), linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and offensive guard Robert Gallery (groin) were all full participants in practice for a second straight day.

Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said his unit has been focused on making sure that Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy does not hurt them with his ability to create plays outside the pocket.

“It’s a thing that we’ve been stressing to our guys,” Bradley said. “He makes a lot of plays on the run, a lot of plays. He’s very active, scrambling, getting out of pressure. We were looking at third downs and he got out of about four sacks just out of about 15 or 16 plays that we looked at real closely. So it’s a point of emphasis for us.”

Several players did not practice for Cleveland today, including linebacker Scott Fujita (head), cornerback Joe Haden (knee), offensive lineman Artis Hicks (back), running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring), defensive back Ray Ventrone (hamstring) and defensive back Buster Skrine (hip).

Center Alex Mack (illness) and offensive tackle Tony Pashos (ankle) were limited. And linebacker Titus Brown (ankle), receiver Josh Cribbs (knee) and tight end Evan Moore (ankle) were full participants.