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Max Unger, Breno Giacomini doubtul to play against Houston

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The Seattle Seahawks appear likely to have to face J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans on Sunday without three starters along their offensive line.

Right tackle Breno Giacomini and center Max Unger are both listed as doubtful to play in Houston. Left tackle Russell Okung is already out as he was placed on the short-term injured reserve list with a sprained toe ligament last week. It leaves the Seahawks line substantially short-handed against the league’s second-ranked defense.

Both Giacomini and Unger sustained injuries last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Giacomini left the game in the second quarter after a knee issue worsened during the game. Unger has a triceps injury that he managed to play through last week. He had been checked out by the training staff but ultimately remained in the game with the rest of the starters.

If Giacomini and Unger can’t play, Lemuel Jeanpierre is expected to get the start at center with rookie Michael Bowie getting the call at right tackle. Head coach Pete Carroll said they were being cautious with both players and will evaluate them before the game Sunday before ultimately making a final decision. Giacomini did not practice this week while Unger was limited the last two days.

“When (our players) are getting banged up, we’re trying to really give them every chance to get back and utilize our depth and if that’s what this calls for then we’re ready to do that,” Carroll said. “We’re not going to force guys back out there until they’re ready to play.”

Jeanpierre started five games for Seattle in 2011 at center and right guard. Bowie’s first game action came in place of Giacomini last week.

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33 Responses to “Max Unger, Breno Giacomini doubtul to play against Houston”
  1. praetorian12 says: Sep 27, 2013 5:34 PM

    That sound you hear is the wailing of overcaffienated folks from all over Washington State.

  2. dennisatunity says: Sep 27, 2013 5:39 PM

    Is there any team in the NFL as banged up as the ‘Hawks? It’s just stunning. And as we finally get Chris Clemons and Brandon Browner back (and Irvin off of suspension in another game), our offensive line starts going down. Okung is a given–he will always be hurt. But now Unger and Giacomini, too? Russell is going to be running for his life the whole game, and BeastMode is going to be very limited on what he can do when there is no blocking.

    I think we will find a way to win because the defense is incredible. But it’s going to be tough.

  3. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 27, 2013 5:39 PM

    We’re going to find out how mobile Wilson really is. On the plus side, that D is almost at juggernaut strength now.

  4. athwartships says: Sep 27, 2013 5:41 PM

    Seattle will handle it just fine. Rookie center or not, clean snaps on grass in a dome, unleash the beast and let the D do its thing.

    Will probably be a low scoring game though…..just sayin.

  5. Go-Hawks! says: Sep 27, 2013 5:47 PM

    It’ll be tough, but I think we can win this. Quick passes and a heavy dose of Beast Mode and Turbin and we’ll keep Wilson upright. Those Texans are a good team. So it’ll be tough.

  6. blackfootkiller says: Sep 27, 2013 5:53 PM

    Hawks Defense will win this game.
    They’ll drill Schaub a few times, he’ll get rattled, start throwing off his back foot…Pick 6′s score points too.
    Russell is mobile enough to survive behind this banged up line.

    Go Hawks!

  7. jayniner says: Sep 27, 2013 6:20 PM

    So do we play Lynch, or not?

  8. mulehead70 says: Sep 27, 2013 6:27 PM

    JeanPierre is solid at center, but he’s no Unger. Jury’s out on the rookie….if you have Lynch on your fantasy team, you might wanna sit him.

    This coming from a Seahawks fan.

  9. donnymacjack says: Sep 27, 2013 6:36 PM

    Next…Man…Up

  10. @HowdyDoobie says: Sep 27, 2013 6:49 PM

    Cable should suit up.

  11. seatownballers says: Sep 27, 2013 6:54 PM

    This will be the biggest test yet. An away game, with a second squad oline

  12. mulehead70 says: Sep 27, 2013 6:57 PM

    @HowdyDoobie says:
    Sep 27, 2013 6:49 PM

    Cable should suit up

    _______________________________________

    haha, now THAT would be a visual!

  13. kuranda84 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:11 PM

    Let’s all say a prayer for Wilson.

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:22 PM

    dennisatunity says:
    Sep 27, 2013 5:39 PM
    Is there any team in the NFL as banged up as the ‘Hawks?
    _______________________

    Yeah about half the teams in the league. Quit making excuses for your team before you’ve even played the game

  15. whatwhat2013 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:24 PM

    In a season with huge expectations and against an imposing 2nd ranked defense, Coach Carroll still maintains the stance that their staff will not force players to play hurt. When Harvin felt uncomfortable and wanted a second opinion, the staff said okay. RGIII and Clem tore their ACL’s on the same playoff game. Clem begrudingly due to the staff waited until game 3 of the regular season to play a few defensive snaps (RGIII started game 1). The staff continues to say, we’ll test our depth. Next man up.

    Take notes, Coach Shanahan.

  16. slugbaitspace says: Sep 27, 2013 7:26 PM

    Sounds like Wilson will be scrambling a lot. Good thing he knows how to scramble…

  17. mrwalterisgod says: Sep 27, 2013 7:36 PM

    The Seahawks do not panic. We have depth. We have talent. We know what to do.

  18. dennisatunity says: Sep 27, 2013 7:48 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Sep 27, 2013 7:22 PM
    dennisatunity says:
    Sep 27, 2013 5:39 PM
    Is there any team in the NFL as banged up as the ‘Hawks?
    _______________________

    Yeah about half the teams in the league. Quit making excuses for your team before you’ve even played the game
    _____________________________
    Why are you attacking people? What are you? 5 years old?

  19. johnnyprc says: Sep 27, 2013 8:26 PM

    Now, they are REALLY missing Moffitt. That really really sucks. Any Seattle fan that doesn’t see this as critical is fooling themselves.

    Seattle needs to find a way to trade for Albert (KC) in the next 24 hrs.

  20. beastmode5150 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:36 PM

    No, he’s probably 45 years old, but still in the same bedroom he was at age 5.

  21. trollhammer20 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:37 PM

    Let the Legend of Michael Bowie commence.

  22. hoosyadaddy says: Sep 27, 2013 8:46 PM

    Turnovers will the the key to the game. The Hawks must come out with a plus turnover ratio.

  23. hawkstradamus says: Sep 27, 2013 8:58 PM

    Time to see how real the 12th man is. Big Lo needs to hop the rail and put on some pads and a helmet.

  24. msclemons67 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:10 PM

    There’s nothing to worry about. Pete Carroll and his merry band of meth-heads will supply the magic pills necessary for the offensive line to do its job.

  25. dedicatedhawkfan says: Sep 27, 2013 9:34 PM

    harrisonhits2 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:22 PM

    dennisatunity says:
    Sep 27, 2013 5:39 PM
    Is there any team in the NFL as banged up as the ‘Hawks?
    _______________________

    Yeah about half the teams in the league. Quit making excuses for your team before you’ve even played the game
    ___________________________________
    Major Seahawk fan and I gotta admit when I read dennisatunity’s post, I shook my head because we are FAR from the most banged up team out there. NYG is the team that comes to mind as most banged up, with the Hawks far down the ladder.
    I have always maintained that no matter how banged up, good teams find ways to win. so no excuses, right?

  26. dirtydrew says: Sep 27, 2013 9:56 PM

    Good. I hope Russell Wilson gets smashed many times.

  27. fwbrodie says: Sep 27, 2013 10:18 PM

    Next man up baby.

  28. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:46 PM

    Throughout the course of a season, all teams will experience injuries. No excuses. The great teams still find ways to win. Wilson needs to be ready for pressure and they need to call plays to offset any deficiencies. This will be a test for the Seahawks and should be a pretty defensive game.

  29. bigguy54 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:28 PM

    Nobody will get this but probably Hawk Fans, but Big Lo couldn’t hop the fence, and would get winded trying to put on shoulder pads.

  30. dennisatunity says: Sep 28, 2013 1:15 AM

    beastmode5150 says:
    Sep 27, 2013 8:36 PM
    No, he’s probably 45 years old, but still in the same bedroom he was at age 5.
    ___________________________________

    Now that’s funny!! LOL

  31. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 28, 2013 11:14 AM

    dennisatunity says:

    Why are you attacking people? What are you? 5 years old?
    _______________

    Are you new to PFT ? What I wrote is not an “attack”, and compared to a lot of what is posted on PFT was relatively mild.

    I could ask you are you so sensitive you can’t take a bit of criticism ?

    beastmode5150 says:

    No, he’s probably 45 years old, but still in the same bedroom he was at age 5.
    ________________________

    If you’re referring to me I own my own house and mange a successful company. I just don’t like people whining about injuries when every team has them and this year quite a lot of them.

  32. thebirdofprey2 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:34 PM

    No need to justify yourself here. You’re not attacking but you are making wrong interpretation and calling a fan down. I read a Seahawk fan pointing out that his team is missing 3 starting lineman, after getting its starting CB and DE back last week. He then says they will find a way to win because the defense is so strong and playing well. How you get excuses from that is why your maturity is questioned on multiple occasions.

    I think it sucks we’re missing All Pro C/LT and starting RT for this game but think we can win a close defensive match up on the road.

  33. yayimspecial says: Sep 29, 2013 12:57 PM

    Hawks finally playing a playoff worthy team.

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