Seattle Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant (foot) and linebacker Leroy Hill (ankle) did not practice for a second straight day today, as the team worked out inside today.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told us on Wednesday that if Bryant can’t play, Alan Branch would move outside to defensive end, and rookie Greg Scruggs would take Branch’s place at defensive tackle.
“Alan’s played some of the same techniques that Red did last week,” Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “And he’s practiced it through the week, and all the way up through the season, because we’ve had to have a backup ready in case that happens.”
Second-year pro Malcolm Smith is slated to play outside linebacker if Hill can’t play on Sunday.
Running back Marshawn Lynch (back) and defensive lineman Greg Scruggs (oblique) were full participants in practice today.
For Chicago, talented return man Devin Hester has been ruled out with a concussion. And former Seahawk Chris Spencer also has been ruled out because he suffered a torn meniscus against Minnesota last week.
Receiver Alshon Jeffery (knee) and linebacker Brian Urlacher (non injury related) did not practice today.
Running back Matt Forte (ankle), linebacker Lance Briggs (ankle), tight end Kellen Davis (ankle) and cornerback Charles Tillman (ankle) were limited.
And defensive tackle Stephen Paea (shoulder) and offensive guard Edwin Williams (shoulder) were full participants.