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Seahawks could have entire starting offensive line back this week

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The Seattle Seahawks have been missing pieces along their offensive line for most of the season.

The offensive line that started the season for Seattle against the Carolina Panthers in September hasn’t been on the field together since a Week 2 win over the San Francisco 49ers. They’ve been down as many as three starters along their line for several games over the last eight weeks causing them to delve into their depth to hold things together.

The Seahawks could finally have everyone back this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Left tackle Russell Okung is eligible to return from the short-term injured reserve list Friday after missing the last eight games with a sprained toe. Right tackle Breno Giacomini has missed the last seven games after having surgery on his knee following an injury in Week 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Center Max Unger missed two games to a triceps injury and also sat out Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons due to a concussion.

All three were back on the practice field for Seattle Wednesday and appear to be on track to play against the Vikings.

“We’re really excited about the guys coming back,” head coach Pete Carroll said. “There are a number of guys that returned to the practice field today, and for those guys who want to play so much and want to contribute and be part of the team, it’s really exciting for them.”

The return of Okung would allow Paul McQuistan, a natural guard that has been forced to get by at left tackle, to move back to his left guard position as well.

Since Okung and Giacomini have missed so much time, Carroll said they would still likely rotate them out of the game in order to ease them back into action with their bye coming next week.

“When you think if Breno and Russell can play in the game, they will not have played the full game at all. So to think that they can go out there and just handle it is probably too much to expect and we have confidence in our guys,” Carroll said.

With the return of Percy Harvin also expected soon, the 9-1 Seahawks could still improve significantly heading into the final month of the regular season. That’s a scary thought for the rest of the NFC that hopes to keep Seattle from earning home field advantage in the playoffs.

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24 Responses to “Seahawks could have entire starting offensive line back this week”
  1. osiris33 says: Nov 14, 2013 1:35 AM

    Be afraid, NFL. Be very afraid.

  2. swaggyy says: Nov 14, 2013 1:46 AM

    Yeah buddy! Come see bout us!

  3. GoHawks.info says: Nov 14, 2013 1:49 AM

    There is a collective “Oh, crap” rolling among the rest of the NFC.

  4. bpeterson464 says: Nov 14, 2013 2:33 AM

    I hope Alvin Bailey gets some love from the coaches. He showed to be really good in both the passing and running game.

  5. hawkstradamus says: Nov 14, 2013 2:49 AM

    Not sure we need much to beat our farm team.

  6. anicra says: Nov 14, 2013 3:06 AM

    On top of that, Seattle found an 7th round RT in Bowie. He has been playing well in the last few week. At the LT, Bailey, an UDFA, who looking more and more like an Okung clone. Seattle must have pretty dang good front office and scouting. Every year they are finding solid talent in 5th thru 7th round.

  7. hawkfanwtf says: Nov 14, 2013 7:42 AM

    Go Hawks!!

  8. acromartieismydad says: Nov 14, 2013 8:41 AM

    Teams like Atlanta are getting a pass this year because of injuries yet Seattle has had as many if not more key starters (O-line especially) out most of the year. SEA 9-1 ATL 2-7 shows how far a great GM and depth can take you.

    (nothing against the Falcons, just an example)

  9. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 14, 2013 8:55 AM

    With their bye against the Vikings this week, what’s the hurry?

  10. farvite says: Nov 14, 2013 9:03 AM

    .. and Harvin

    Look OUT

  11. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 14, 2013 12:02 PM

    Seattle is the team to beat. If you can’t come to that conclusion, you’re a hater.

  12. Frazier28/7 says: Nov 14, 2013 12:39 PM

    That win against Washington was fun, but this game looks like a 42-10 blowout. Or the Vikings could pull the upset, somehow. I don’t know how, across the board thats a good team at every level, but that’s the NFL.

    Either way, just so long as no Seahawks suffer any injuries that might hurt their chances of destroying the Packers in the playoffs.

    Seahawks – Saints. NFC Championship, book it.

  13. lengai says: Nov 14, 2013 1:49 PM

    Great record but this team has only played 2 quality opponets so far (1 was a loss) and will only play 2 more quality teams the rest of the regular season. That could spell big trouble deep in the playoffs or in the SB.

  14. thebirdofprey2 says: Nov 14, 2013 2:16 PM

    lengai says: Nov 14, 2013 1:49 PM

    Great record but this team has only played 2 quality opponets so far (1 was a loss) and will only play 2 more quality teams the rest of the regular season. That could spell big trouble deep in the playoffs or in the SB.

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    Are you kidding me?? Panthers, Cardinals, 49ers all have winning records. Even the Rams may have a winning record if they didn’t play in NFC West.

    Teams like Denver/Chiefs have played maybe 1 or 2 teams with winning records all season between both teams.

    Big playoffs trouble liking having home-field advantage where the QB hasn’t lost a game in his career?

  15. usdcoyotesfan says: Nov 14, 2013 2:20 PM

    The Packers intercepted it.

  16. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 14, 2013 3:09 PM

    If Seahawks secure hime field in the playoffs, they are marching to the super bowl.

  17. dericivy says: Nov 14, 2013 4:52 PM

    lengai says: Nov 14, 2013 1:49 PM

    Great record but this team has only played 2 quality opponets so far (1 was a loss) and will only play 2 more quality teams the rest of the regular season. That could spell big trouble deep in the playoffs or in the SB.
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    So considering that both KC and Denver have 0(ZERO) wins against teams that are above .500, who then would you say is the best team in the league?

    Saints have two victories over above .500 teams(Bears and Arizona), as does Detroit(the Bears twice), SanFran (GB and AZ), Cincy(GB and NE) and the Pats(Jets and NO).

    Carolina has one win against an over .500 team(SF)

    Colts and Sea both have 3 wins over above .500 teams. But only one them lost to the Rams 38-8.

    I’m thinking your formula is not as reliable as you seem to think it is…

    NE has two(Jets and NO).

  18. realitycheckbaby says: Nov 14, 2013 5:12 PM

    Yeah but San Fran may get back Crabtree. Ha ha ha ha

  19. jimmyjames65 says: Nov 14, 2013 6:15 PM

    How is the SB a lock? Wilson isn’t the best QB. And the Seahawks don’t have the best defense. It’s anybody’s game. Panthers defense is good. And Cam Newton is coming around. Going to be a tough team to beat.

  20. pnwl4a says: Nov 14, 2013 7:16 PM

    jimmyjames65 says:
    Nov 14, 2013 6:15 PM
    How is the SB a lock? Wilson isn’t the best QB. And the Seahawks don’t have the best defense. It’s anybody’s game. Panthers defense is good. And Cam Newton is coming around. Going to be a tough team to beat.

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    Already beat them once….. they come to CLink and it won’t just be a 12-7 win.. it’ll be a stomping of those cats.

  21. adderal says: Nov 14, 2013 9:15 PM

    calling Super Bowl shots from this early? Great start but common, a lot can still happen. Green bay was thought to be unbeatable at home in January until the falcons beat them, then the giants again beat them. Same with New Orleans at home, New England , Pit. All thought to be unbeatable at home in the postseason and all have lost to some team that came at of nowhere to take the title. Most of you strike me as smart football fans but theres still a lot left. I seem to recall that even when your line is healthy its considered about the only weakness your team has.

  22. jackmayhoffer says: Nov 14, 2013 10:33 PM

    Yeah everyone’s terrified of this overhyped team with no playoff history, y’all are the falcons of last year, well except your offense is mediocre at best. I’m gonna love watching this team get throttled by an 8-8 wild card team at “the link”

  23. mustang6984 says: Nov 15, 2013 3:15 AM

    Actually…Wilson is the best QB taken in the last two years. He has proven to be better than RGIII or Luck, and is HEAD & SHOULDERS above Kaep.

    New Orleans will beat ‘Frisco this week, Seattle will most likely beat Minnesota. That will put an end to the chatter form ‘Frisco about them winning the division. By the time Seattle shows up in freak city on Dec. 8th the whiners will be done for the playoff competition, and Seattle will seal that deal. Crabtree doesn’t play all 22 positions, and sure as heck doesn’t coach.
    With a mediocre back-up quality QB and a position coach at best for a head coach…’Frisco won’t be seeing any more playoff games other than on TV for a LONG time!

    ANYONE who says the defense isn’t all that great needs to go read some stats. Not a whole lot of points being given up. Cam Newton might be coming around…but he’s gonna get spun around when he comes to the Clink!

  24. sspeidel says: Nov 16, 2013 8:36 PM

    The hawks can beat themselves through overlooking any of those teams they’re “supposed” to beat. They are a good team, but it’s hard to get up for every game every week, and you can bet no team is overlooking them. Hawks need to bring their A game every play! We’ll see how it shakes out in the end.
    One win every week!
    Go Hawks!!

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