The Seattle Seahawks could be starting their seventh different offensive line combination on Sunday against Chicago.
Offensive guard Robert Gallery missed practice for a second straight day with a hip issue. Allen Barbre worked at left guard with the first unit in Gallery’s place.
Also sitting out for a second straight day was defensive end Raheem Brock (calf). New players sitting out include cornerback Richard Sherman (knee) and offensive lineman Jarriel King (hamstring). Sherman missed some practice time last week with a calf issue.
Receiver Doug Baldwin (ankle) and linebacker David Hawthorne (hamstring) returned to practice and were full participants. And quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral), linebacker Leroy Hill (nec) and cornerback Kennard Cox (hamstring) were full participants.
Jackson, who faced Chicago twice a year playing in Minnesota and is 2-0 against the Vikings as starter, talked about what makes the Bears’ defense tough to score on.
“First of all, they’re ball hawks,” Jackson said. “They go after the football, and they take pride in taking away the football. And they’re going to try and stop the run. So they’re going to try and stop you on first and second down so they can get in there Tamp 2, or bring their blitz package and come off the edge and try and create turnovers, hoping that you make a mistake.”
Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said Chicago’s offense has been more conservative with backup Caleb Hanie at the controls.
“They’re more committed to the running game,” Bradley said. “They’ve had some real good running games in the past, couple games with a lot of yards. So they’re a little bit different than the first time we played them last year, when we saw all the passes. I think when we charted it we had 27 pressures out of 60 plays.
“So they’ve changed their mindset and are going with a more ball-controlled offense.”