When a Pro Bowl left tackle is ruled out for a game, it generates a lot of attention. Here’s Todd Dybas’ story on the Seahawks’ situation at left tackle with Russell Okung missing Sunday’s game against Jacksonville with a toe injury.
This week’s Wednesday teleconference with the opposing coach was a lot more genial than last week’s as we got a chance to chat with former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. The Jaguars are struggling, but the team likes Bradley’s approach, and his positive attitude hasn’t changed. Here’s my column on Gus.
Other health issues on the offensive line were a topic of concern, too. Right guard J.R. Sweezy didn’t practice because of a back issue and tackle Breno Giacomini was limited by a knee problem. Lemuel Jeanpierre, a swing center-guard worked at right guard and rookie Michael Bowie shared time with the first unit with Giacomini. Clare Farnsworth at Seahawks.com put the focus on Paul McQuistan, who will be called upon to take over the left tackle position while Russell Okung heals his injured toe.
New York Daily News power ratings have Denver at No. 1 and Seattle No. 2. Vegas likes the Seahawks, though, as they moved to Super Bowl favorites, with speculation that the injury to left tackle Ryan Clady hurts Denver’s chances. The Hawks are now 9-to-2 to Denver’s 5-to-1 odds.
USAToday offers some questions about the validity of the sound tests taken at CenturyLink during the 49ers game.
At NFL.com, Gil Brandt rates the league’s deepest rosters, and considers the Niners 1 and Seahawks 2. He particularly likes the depth in the lines on both sides of the ball.