Seahawks offensive lineman James Carpenter made it through this week’s practice healthy, and will play for the first time this season on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, head coach Pete Carroll said after practice today.
Carroll wouldn’t say if Carpenter would start, but he’s been working at left guard this week, and the team’s starting left guard for the first three week Paul McQuistan is capable of moving over to right guard.
Carpenter started at left guard the first game of the 2011 season against San Francisco, and then moved to right tackle when Robert Gallery was available in Week 2.
The Alabama product started eight games at right tackle before suffering an ACL knee injury during pass blocking drills in practice that required surgery last December.
Seattle starting right guard last week, John Moffitt, did not practice because of a knee issue he suffered in Monday’s game against Green Bay, and is doubtful for Sunday’s contest against St. Louis.
“I didn’t want to go on PUP,” Carpenter said. “I worked hard this whole offseason trying not to get on put. That was my motivation.
“I feel like I’m ready. Even though I was rehabbing, I was still watching film and doing technique and stuff, so I feel like I’m ready.”
Linebacker Leroy Hill did not practice for a second straight day, but Carroll said the plan is for the30-year-old veteran to play this week. Second-year pro Malcolm Smith is Hill’s backup. Hill is questionable for Sunday.
Right tackle Breno Giacomini returned to practice today after sitting out most of the week with a pectoral injury, and is expected to play on Sunday. Giacomini is listed as probable.
Along with Hill, defensive tackle Jaye Howard (foot) and tight end Anthony McCoy (groin) are questionable.
Howard did not practice today, after he got his foot stepped on in Thursday’s practice, according to Carroll. McCoy was a limited participant in practice today.
Defensive tackle Jason Jones (knee), defensive tackle Greg Scruggs (wrist), receiver Doug Baldwin (shoulder) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (hamstring) all fully participated in practice and are probable.
Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner was fined $7,875 by the league for unnecessary roughness. The NFL did not identify what play received the fine for.
For St. Louis, safety Matt Daniels (hamstring) and offensive tackle Rodger Saffold (knee) are out.
Defensive tackle Matt Conrath (knee) is doubtful. Defensive tackle Michael Brockers (ankle) and running back Steven Jackson (groin) are questionable.
Offensive tackle Wayne Hunter (ankle) did not practice and is questionable, but says he will play on Sunday. Hunter is expected to play left tackle for the Rams, with Saffold out.