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Pitts back as starter, Andrews sits

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll made a change up front offensively heading into Sunday’s contest against Atlanta.

Seattle will see yet another change along the offensive line. Chester Pitts returns to the lineup after a three-week absence with an ankle injury and will start at left guard, kicking Mike Gibson to right guard with Stacy Andrews going to the bench.

It’s the ninth different starting offensive line combination for Seattle in 14 games, after starting the same starting five for three consecutive weeks for the first time this season.

“We get the experience of Chester back in there; he’s played a lot of years,” Carroll said. “That helps us some. Mike is still a young player for us. He’s done a nice job in the last couple weeks kind of assimilating into a starting role. And we’d like to see the movement they bring, too. Both those guys have good quickness, so we’ll see how it fits. We’re going to try it out and see how it looks like.”

Carroll said he has no concerns with Pitts coming back from the ankle after not playing for more than year with the microfracture surgery.

Pitts said he’s pleased to be back on the field.

“I’m really excited to be back and to be able to contribute,” Pitts said. “I’ve just got a lot of pride about being able to be part of the O-line and doing my job. So it’s really important for me to kind of get back in the swing of things, and contribute any way I can.”

As far as the receiver situation, Carroll said both Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu should be available on Sunday.

“Mike and Ben made it through this week, and we’re looking forward to seeing those guys play,” Carroll said. “Ben will be all right. We’ll make sure Mike is okay on game day. But we think both those guys, we’ll list them as probable.”

Along with Williams and Obomanu, Brandon Stokley (hamstring) fully participated in practice and should be available on Sunday. He’s listed as questionable.

Cornerback Roy Lewis (knee) will be a game-time decision, and Walter Thurmond (hamstring) likely will not play on Sunday. Both are listed as questionable.

Kicker Olindo Mare also is listed as probable with a hamstring issue, which could be a concern for Seattle. Jon Ryan would handle the kicking duties if Mare has issues on Sunday.

In terms of the game itself, Carroll said his guys are ready to face one of the best teams in the league in the Falcons, who bring the NFC’s best record into Qwest Field at 11-2.

“We’re going to have to put together a heck of a football game,” Carroll said. “This is a good opportunity for us. And you look at this one, and this is like a playoff game you have at home against a really good like coming in if you’re able to win the division. So we’ve taken a look at it like that, and I don’t know what it’s going to mean for our guys, other than the fact that we’ve really focused hard on these guys.”

Here’s the full injury report:Seattle: Stokley (hamstring), Thurmond (hamstring) and Lewis (knee) listed as questionable.

Matt Hasselbeck (left wrist), Obomanu (hand), Chris Clemons (ankle), Chris Spencer (shoulder), Mike Williams (ankle) and Olindo Mare (hamstring) listed as probable.

Atlanta: LB Curtis Lofton (knee) and RB Jason Snelling (hamstring) are questionable.

DE John Abraham (groin), DT Jonathan Babineaux (Shoulder), OT Tyson Clabo (ankle), LB Stephen Nicholas (knee), WR Roddy White (knee), LB Coy Wire (head).