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Pete Carroll: Bobby Wagner, Zach Miller to be gameday decisions vs Tennessee Titans
Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon ahead of the team's 1:45 p.m. PT "Competition Wednesday" practice and preparation for Sunday's Week 6 contest against the Tennessee Titans (3-2) at CenturyLink Field.
Wagner believes he'll be ready for this Sunday's game, but if the second-year linebacker is forced to miss action Carroll said third-year linebackers K.J. Wright and Malcolm Smith have the ability to rotate into the middle of the defense. Carroll also noted Bruce Irvin's return last week provides even more flexibility within the position group.
"We're pretty well schooled," Carroll said. "So we shouldn't drop off much."
All-Pro/Pro Bowl center Max Unger will practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday with the hope of participating in full on Thursday and Friday. Carroll said Unger's return will solidify continuity and communication issues along the offensive line that have been made apparent in his absence.
"It's really good to have him back," Carroll said of Unger. "Max has the greatest command of what we're doing up front."
Below are some more news and notes from Carroll's Wednesday presser:
- A Week 7 return for wide receiver Percy Harvin in time for the team's game against the Arizona Cardinals is "not realistic" according to Carroll, who emphasized they would not rush his return. Harvin is eligible to come off the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list next week.
- Cornerback Jeremy Lane (hamstring) and rookie running back Spencer Ware (ankle) will both be game-time decisions Sunday against the Titans. Lane missed last Sunday's game against the Colts and Ware has not practiced since Week 2.
- Carroll would like to get wide receiver Jermaine Kearse more associated with the offense. "He doesn't have enough balls for what it looks like his potential is right now," Carroll said. "We need to get him the football more."
- Carroll also wants to see wide receiver Sidney Rice get more involved, noting his lack of targets over fellow wideouts Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin last week against the Colts was not by design. "We're better when he's getting the football," Carroll said of last year's leading receiver.
Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth and Digital Media Host Tony Ventrella will be back with more following today's practice, when offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be available to the media.