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Branch, Maxwell questionable for Sunday

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm with 8 Comments »
November 25, 2011 2:41 pm

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said defensive tackle Alan Branch and cornerback Byron Maxwell are questionable for Sunday’s game against Washington with ankle injuries.

Neither player practiced this week. Carroll said Branch will be a game-time decision. If Branch can’t play on Sunday, then University of Memphis product Clinton McDonald would get his first career start.

Seattle received McDonald, a third-year pro, from Cincinnati in a trade for cornerback Kelly Jennings. In 10 games, McDonald has 20 tackles on the year and a fumble recovery.

“Mac’s (McDonald) done a really good job,” Carroll said. “He’s been able to jump in here and play a couple positions and help us in nickel. And he’s a very tough guy. A really good effort guy, and he’s always where he’s supposed to be. So we feel like we really can count on him, and he’ll do things right.”

Receiver Sidney Rice returned to practice today after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday with a knee issue. Rice was a full participant in practice and is probable for Sunday.

“Sidney did fine today,” Carroll said. “We had to rest him a little bit, but he did very well today. He’s ready to go.”

Receiver Ben Obomanu (knee/ankle), safety Atari Bigby (hamstring) and defensive end Anthony Hargrove (hamstring) all were full participants in practice and are probable for the Washington game.

The one surprise today was quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was a full participant in practice for a second straight day.

Jackson had been dialing it back on Fridays to rest his strained pectoral muscle. But Carroll said he felt good today, and Jackson took most of the reps with the first unit.

“That was a surprise,” Carroll said. “He felt a little better, so he got full-go today. So that’s good news. That’s the first time he’s been able to do this in weeks.”

Notes from practice
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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good to hear Jackson is healing up! Hope we can sweep this 3 game home stand!

  2. I expect the offense to look explosive on Sunday against a decent defense.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Despite Carroll’s comments, I really hope Branch is healthy. I have not been impressed with McDonald.

    And let’s hope pab’s theory is correct about Jackson: full week of practice ought to lead to a solid performance.

  4. freedom_X says:

    Kam Chancellor got a $40K fine laid on him. it’s the biggest fine this week as far as I know.

    I know he’s adamant he won’t change his play because of the fines (unlike Aaron Curry) but being a mid-round pick, that’s not pocket change for him. If he keeps drawing fines like that, he’ll be applying for food stamps soon.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    All we got to do this week is let Grossman win it for us!

  6. Duke – both a full week of practice AND a home game means we should see a much better Jackson. He’s only had the benefit of starting 3 home games so far.

  7. Soggybuc says:

    Duke, while there is no question that Branch has been a stud for us and counts as an A for JS in the FA realm but i thought McDonald has done OK when he is in. much like CT he might not stand out good or bad but thats because he simply does his job.

  8. I’m very happy with our starting DL. It’s the depth that is terrible. If we’re going to miss a starter, it’s going to be a noticeable difference. Washington may be able to run the ball tomorrow (as good as Mebane and Big Red are). It’s not that McDonald is terrible either (although I don’t think he’s good), it’s that the depth even further down the line is going to have to play more.

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