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Andrews to start at RG, Leroy Hill's back

Another busy Wednesday here at the VMAC, so let’s get to it.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said recent addition Stacy Andrews will take Max Unger’s spot at right guard this week, with Mansfield Wrotto serving as depth at guard and tackle.

Unger has severe turf toe, Carroll said, which will take up to three months to recover from, so that’s why the team put him on the injured reserve.

It's an interesting move, because before he left Philadlephia Andrew complained about playing guard there. But it makes sense because Seattle has really struggled getting a push in the run game. And a big body like Andrews inside should help in that regard.

Carroll said the team will continue to go with Tyler Polumbus at left tackle. Mike Gibson and Ben Hamilton will continue to fight it out at left guard, and Chris Spencer and Sean Lockler remain at center and right tackle, respectively.

Locklear has a family issue to attend to and will miss practice today. Carroll said Wrotto will work with the first unit at right tackle until Locklear returns.

Rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung is running on a treadmill this week but likely will not see the field, as he continues to rehab from a high ankle sprain.

Carroll also mentioned that Chester Pitts will continue to work at left tackle as he tries to return from microfracture knee surgery, but ultimately his position for the Seahawks might be at guard, where he played at for most of his career in Houston.

Wide receiver Mike Williams has a thigh issue and will not practice today. But Carroll said he expects him to be ready for Sunday.

Also, Leroy Hill will practice today and should be ready to play this week. Carroll reiterated that he will not start, but if Hill is fully recovered from a sprained knee he injured during training camp, he will play, including some time on special teams.

Hill was grinning from ear to ear as he dressed for practice this afternoon. He wore a brace on his right knee.

“I feel like I’m 18,” he said. “I’m ready to roll.”

A lot of people have asked about the Golden Tate situation and why he was inactive for Sunday’s game. Plain and simple, the guys in front of him are better prepared to help the Seahawks in game situations right now.

Tate said as much this afternoon when reporters caught up with him. He said he kind of sensed early in the week when he was not getting many reps with the first unit that he might be inactive on Sunday.

“For me it was kind of a lesson learned,” Tate said. “As far as I’m concerned, my spot in theory was only guaranteed for this year. I’m going to have to earn my way on to the 53 (final roster) next year and so on. It’s kind of a learning experience. Don’t let that happen again.”

Carroll said Tate will be part of the game plan this week and could be active against Denver.