Seahawks center Max Unger did not practice today because of a hip issue.
Lemuel Jeanpierre worked with the starters, and serves as the backup center with John Moffitt (knee) also not practicing for a third straight week. Moffitt has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against New England.
Rookie defensive tackle Jaye Howard (foot) and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (groin) also did not practice today. Running back Marshawn Lynch (back) was a limited participant in practice.
For New England, WR Julian Edelman (hand), S Steve Gregory (hip),TE Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) and LB Tracy White (foot) did not practice.
RB Brandon Bolden (knee), QB Tom Brady (right shoulder), DE Brandon Deaderick (ankle), DT Justin Francis (ankle),TE Rob Gronkowski (hip), TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle),LB Donta Hightower (hamstring), G Logan Mankins(calf/hip), C Nick McDonald (shoulder),CB Sterling Moore (knee), RB Shane Vereen (foot), OT Sebastian Vollmer (Back/Knee) and WR Wes Welker (ankle) were limited participants.
DT Kyle Love (knee) was a full participant.
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said that his unit emphasized improving on third downs against Carolina last week, and finished 7 of 14 (50 percent) on the critical down.
Now, the Seahawks will be attacking another issue on offense – improvement in the red zone.
“We’re focusing on those areas that we’ve got to get better,” Bevell said. “Last week our big emphasis was third down. We converted 50 percent in that game. That doesn’t mean it’s fixed – we’ve got to continue to work on it.
“But now it’s finishing in the red zone. We’re doing a pretty decent job of moving the ball down the field and getting into the red zone, but now we’re not finishing those with touchdowns. We’ve got to do that at a better rate.”
And what’s the key to fixing that?
“I think it always comes down to just our execution,” Bevell said. “We had some opportunities down there where we didn’t execute as well as we could have, and that’s what it kind of comes down to.”
Bevell also said that he’d like to get tight end Evan Moore going offensively. Moore has yet to record a catch this season.
“They’ve been work to do it, we just haven’t been able to get it there,” Bevell said.