After sitting out most of the week with a hip issue, Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger returned to practice on Friday.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Unger should be ready to play against New England on Sunday. Unger fully participated in practice, and is listed as probable on the team’s injury report.
“Max is ready to go,” Carroll said. “He’s fine. He’s got to get through tomorrow, but he should be in good shape.”
Unger confirmed to reporters after practice that he was ready to go.
“Yeah, I’m good,” Unger said.
However, defensive tackles Clinton McDonald (groin) and Jaye Howard (foot) likely will not play on Sunday. McDonald is listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report, and Howard is listed as out.
Carroll also clarified offensive lineman John Moffitt’s condition. The second-year pro aggravated a knee injury that cut short his rookie season last year, and will miss his third game this Sunday.
But Carroll said he expects Moffitt to be available in a few weeks, looking to the Detroit game on Oct 28 as a possible return for the University of Wisconsin product.
“It was a little more serious than we thought,” Carroll said. “So we’re just making sure we’re taking care of him. We’re okay on the depth chart right now, so it’s working out that we can buy the time and not force him back too soon.
“I think he’s got a couple weeks at the most before he’s coming back. Next week doesn’t help because we have a short week coming up, but after that we have a chance to get him.”
Running back Marshawn Lynch also fully participated in his second straight practice, and is listed as probable.
Chris Clemons was fined $15,750 for roughing the passer, unnecessarily driving Carolina quarterback Cam Newton to the ground after he threw the ball down the field, according to the league. Clemons drew a personal foul penalty on the play.
Former Seahawks safety Lawyer Milloy was in the locker room saying hello to some of his former teammates today. Milloy got his NFL start in New England, winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots. But he has more relationships with players in the Seattle locker room because this was his final stop before retiring in 2010 – so the Tacoma native’s rooting interest is torn.
“I think they always have a shot as long as Tom Brady has the ball,” Milloy said. “I have more relationships here in this locker room because I’m recently removed from a couple years ago.
“But this (Seattle) is the home team, so I always lean more toward the home team. That’s one thing about being retired, is that I’m non-denominational. I’m just an NFL fan. And I can’t get fined for the things I say, but also don’t want to lose relationship and friendships.”
Nudged a little, Milloy put his allegiance with the Seahawks.
“The reason why I’m swinging more toward the Seahawks is because at home, I put my money on them at all time,” said Milloy, smiling. “And I’m not going to say another deciding factor for me is I got the Seahawks defense on my fantasy football team.”