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Friday practice

The Seahawks practiced inside Friday morning before heading to the airport for the flight to New Orleans. And the most relevant news is the health of rookie left tackle Russell Okung.

"Russell practiced very well today," coach Pete Carroll said. "(He) went with the first group the whole time and he’s prepared to start, which is a real good thing for us." Okung has missed three games after spraining his ankle early in the first Arizona game.

Okung's return is important in helping keep quarterback Matt Hasselbeck from further injury. Carroll thought Hasselbeck was throwing the ball well and not affected by the cast on the broken wrist of his non-throwing arm. "You could see him today throwing the heck out of it," said Carroll, who speculated that a lighter work load early in the week has left him with a fresh arm. He thought that Hasselbeck benefited from the rest he got when he sat out the week of the Giants game because of a concussion.

Receiver Brandon Stokley (calf) will be a game-day decision, Carroll said, but Carroll thought he had "a great chance to play Sunday." He was listed officially as doubtful.

Guard Mike Gibson (ankle) and fullback Michael Robinson (hamstring) are not going to be available this week, Carroll said.

Starting safety Earl Thomas missed practice to leave for a memorial service in Texas and will meet the team in New Orleans.

Carroll acknowledged the challenges of playing in the Superdome against the defending Super Bowl champs, but thought the team had a good week of preparation. "We needed a great (week of) preparation to have a chance against this team and I’m pleased with what happened here."