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Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Sep. 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm with 17 Comments »
September 27, 2013 3:46 pm

By Dave Boling

RENTON _ It seems to go against Pete Carroll’s nature to have to list injured players as “Doubtful.”  Surely he’d prefer a category like “Early Stages of a Speedy Recovery.”

But the NFL has its rules, and so it has to pain everybody involved with the Seahawks to have to list All-Pro center Max Unger (triceps) and starting right tackle Breno Giacomini (knee) as “doubtful” for Sunday’s game against Houston.

That designation signifies a 75-percent likelihood of not playing.

Not only are those two offensive-line veterans likely to be on the shelf along with Pro Bowl tackle Russell Okung, already ruled out until mid-season with a toe injury, but it all comes the week Seattle faces what is perhaps the fiercest pass rush in the NFL.

Giacomini didn’t practice Friday and Unger was listed as having limited participation. Carroll said after practice that their status would be determined Sunday morning.

It would leave the Seahawks protecting quarterback Russell Wilson with only one player — right guard J.R. Sweezy — at the same position where he started the season three games ago.

Paul McQuistan and James Carpenter would be on the left side as they were in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville, but Lemuel Jeanpierre would be expected to start in place of Unger, and rookie Michael Bowie would go for Giacomini.

“Our (backup) guys are ready to play ball if they’re called on to do so,” Carroll said. “It won’t be the story about the guys who aren’t playing, it will be about those guys stepping up and doing their thing. It might be the young guys and if it is, it is, and we’re going to crank it up and go.”

Unger’s injury appears to be less problematic than Giacomini’s knee, which has been sporadically bothersome since training camp. Bowie played much of the Jacksonville game after Giacomini came to the sidelines.

“There’s nothing about Michael’s play that hasn’t excited us,” Carroll said. “He’s coming along so fast. He’s going to be a lot better later when he gets more time to learn what’s going on, but he’s physically capable of doing this. The more he plays now, the stronger he’ll be down the road, so we look at this as a positive.”

So Carroll is hopeful, not doubtful.

Jeanpierre at least has more experience, having started four games at right guard and one at center in 2011. Carroll said he’s comfortable that Jeanpierre can handle the blocking calls required by a center.

But he acknowledged the obvious, that the replacements will face a daunting challenge in a Houston front seven that includes last year’s top sacker in the league, J.J. Watt, and aggressive linebacker Brian Cushing.

“This is a really good group, (and) the best pass rusher we’ll see all year I would think,” Carroll said. “J.J. is the most dynamic player we’ve seen; (added to) the fact that he plays right in front of Cushing, who is a very aggressive, attacking player. Those two guys have a real style about them that causes you problems. They have the ability to really wreck the game for you.”

Counterbalancing Seattle’s injury situation to some extent was news out of Houston that Pro Bowl tackle Duane Brown (toe) and receiver Andre Johnson (third in the NFL in catches, 25) were listed as questionable. Coach Gary Kubiak still said Friday that he expected Johnson (bruised shin) to start against the Seahawks.

Regarding other injuries for the Seahawks: RB Spencer Ware (ankle), DT Jordan Hill (biceps) and S Jeron Johnson (hamstring) are out. DE Michael Bennett (groin), CB Brandon Browner (hamstring), DE Red Bryant (back), WR Jermaine Kearse (ankle) and LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring) are listed as probable.


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  1. Antideluvian says:

    Next man up.

  2. Dave Boling says:

    Next two

  3. bird_spit says:

    I can hardly imagine the momentum of this team if these guys take care of business in Houston. If they prove it down there, there will be no challenge they can’t overcome. Awesome time to be a hawks fan.

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Houston still has to score on our Defense. And our special teams is one of the best. So far we are better at creating turnovers.

    If we take care of the ball we will win in a low scoring physical game.

  5. Houston is a great team that got beat last week. Their backs are now against the wall at this point in time AND they are at home. However, IMO, we are simply better and will win. We may lose, but I’d bet otherwise and if we do lose – we’re still gonna be just fine, again, IMO.

    Kind of like an Eagles song I listened to live in concert in Minneapolis last Wednesday night:

    “We may lose and we may win though
    We will never be here again
    So open up, I’m climbin’ in,
    So take it easy…”

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Go ahead and bring the heat Houston, I dare you!

    “Wilson has thrown a touchdown pass against at least five pass-rushers in 10 of his last 13 games after failing to do so in his first eight career starts. No team has used such pressure more than the Texans since Phillips took over as defensive coordinator (49 percent of dropbacks). Wilson has completed 72.7 percent of his passes against five or more rushers this season and has 9.5 yards per attempt against five or more rushers in the last 13 games. During that span, he’s also thrown 12 touchdowns and no interceptions in those situations.”

  7. Does anyone remember when Mebane was “forced” into action and our DL/run defense improved when he was a rookie after the so-so vet went down? I hope the same thing happens w/Bowie.

  8. Not that Bowie plays DL!

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Johnny Cash-

    “Sunday Morning Coming Down”

    “Well, I woke up Sunday morning”
    “With no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt.”
    “And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad,”
    “So I had one more for dessert.”
    “Then I fumbled in my closet through my clothes”
    “And found my cleanest Seahawks shirt.”
    “Then I washed my face and combed my hair”
    “And stumbled on this blog to meet the day.”

    “I’d blogged my mind the night before”
    “With links and song parodies I’d been picking.”
    “So much Seahawks news these days”
    “And so much Butts that we are kicking”
    “Then I walked across the street”
    “And caught the Sunday smell of someone frying chicken.”
    “And it took me back to something that I’d lost”
    “Somewhere, somehow along the way.”

    “On a Sunday Seahawk morning”
    “I’m wishing we win on the road”
    “Cause there’s something in a Sunday”
    “That makes a body feel bold.”
    “And there’s nothing short a’ dying”
    “That’s half as lonesome as the sound”
    “Of the Seahawks/Texans showdown”
    “It’s Sunday morning coming down.”

  10. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Here’s my take on this week. Our O-line is going to face severe adversity. We don’t have a unit full of number one picks like the 9ers do. (I’m exaggerating, I think they have three of the five). However we have guys that have talent and ability and have been in our system for most of this year. They practice every day against our defense. Granted the D can’t bring it full and tackle like they can in the real games. But it’s our #1 D. These guys face adversity every day and if they couldn’t hack it, they’d be cut and signed by the Jags.

    This team is build by guys that weren’t first or second round picks. Sherman, fifth round, All Pro. Wilson 3rd round Pro Bowl, future All Pro. Kam, 5th round Pro Bowl, league wide fear. Browner CFL, Pro bowl player. The team is still number one in D. We have one first round pick on D, Earl Thomas, stud and easily one of the best in the NFL. Our other #1 on D, Irvin is suspended one more game. Our first round stud player on the O-line is Okung and he’s out the next seven games.

    This team is build with guys that have heart, skill, desire and talent. (Think Wilson, Baldwin, Red, Sherman, Kam, Browner, Kearse). For most of us watching this team being built over the past four years it pretty clear. This is a truly, a talented team. Not a lot of house hold names…yet. But guys that are easily in the top at their positions.

    I think they handle their business this week. Rookies, backups, so be it. This team is the most competitively and talented team we’ve ever had the pleasure of cheering for. They don’t play for us.
    They play for each other. That is why they will win Sunday against the Texans.

  11. Sarcasticus says:

    So, only one starter on the offensive line playing at the same position they started the season at…and that guy was a defensive lineman two years ago. I see a lot of two tight-end sets this week and wouldn’t be surprised to see 33 play a large role.

  12. montanamike2 says:

    I think much creativity is needed, i hope the rookie O-line outperforms expectations. Either way this should be a good game.
    Bobbyk i like the Johnny Cash song “hurt” that was written by nine inch nails even though i’m not into them much.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    After watching Bradford play the other night I am so happy we have Wilson as our QB.

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The Seahawks have won four of their last five 10am road games. Not bad for a team that some say isn’t a good road team.

  15. piperfeltcher says:

    Personally think Giacomini is the weakest link on the team and will not be a starter again if Bowie shows anything at all.

  16. Well, with the weapons we have – there should be a way to take advantage of over aggressive guys rushing – Quick dump to any of our RB’s – WR screens – TE in the flat.

    I want us to play well and be 4-1 or 5-0 after next week!

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