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Friday in Hawkville: Max Unger, Breno Giacomini listed as doubtful

Posted Sep 27, 2013

Neither All-Pro center Max Unger nor right tackle Breno Giacomini practiced on Friday, when they were listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Texans in Houston.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 27, when the Seahawks flew to Houston for Sunday’s game against the Texans at Reliant Stadium:

WORD OF THE DAY: LINE

As in the Seahawks’ offensive line. It’s already missing Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung, and now it’s looking more likely that the Seahawks also could be without All-Pro center Max Unger and right tackle Breno Giacomini for Sunday’s game against the Texans in Houston.

Unger and Giacomini were listed as doubtful after Unger was very limited and Giacomini not participated in Friday’s practice, but Pete Carroll said he’ll go all the way to pregame warm-ups before ruling them out.

If they can’t play, Lemuel Jeanpierre will start at center and rookie Michael Bowie will start at right guard. Each practiced at their respective spots with the No. 1 line all week, as Unger was sidelined with a triceps injury and Giacomini with a sore knee.

“Our 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.”

INJURY REPORT

STAT DU JOUR: LOOKING FOR FIRST 4-0 START

There has been a lot of talk this week about the Seahawks starting 3-0, and looking for the first 4-0 start in franchise history. Here’s a look at how the previous 3-0 starts turned out:

Year Start Finish
2006 3-0 9-7, won NFC West
2004 3-0 9-7, won NFC West
2003 3-0 10-6, wild-card berth
1998 3-0 8-8, third in AFC West
1986 3-0 10-6, third in AFC West

The official end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:

Out

DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
SS Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
RB Spencer Ware (ankle)

Doubtful

OT Breno Giacomini (knee)
C Max Unger (arm)

Probable

DL Michael Bennett (groin)
CB Brandon Browner (hamstring)
DE Red Bryant (back)
WR Jermaine Kearse (ankle)
LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring)
OG J.R. Sweezy (back)

For the Texans:          

Out

LB Tim Dobbins (hamstring)

Questionable

OT Duane Brown (toe)
CB Kareem Jackson (illness)
CB Johnathan Joseph (toe)
LB Darryl Sharpton (hip, foot)
WR Andre Johnson (shin)

Probable

LB Brian Cushing (knee/ankle)
RB Arian Foster (thumb)
CB Brice McCain (knee)
C Chris Myers (back)
OT Derek Newton (knee, calf)
WR DeVier Posey (Achilles)
QB Matt Schaub (ankle)
RB Ben Tate (shoulder)
TE Owen Daniels (not injury related/rest)
TE Garrett Graham (hip, groin)
FS Ed Reed (hip)
OG Wade Smith (knee)
S Eddie Pleasant (hamstring)

OPPONENT WATCH: BRIAN CUSHING

YOU DON'T SAY

“It felt really good to have Clem back out there. He's still in the huddle bitter as all get out, but it feels good just to have him back in the mix.”

All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman on sack-leader Chris Clemons making his 2013 debut last week

If not for the presence of reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, the Seahawks’ primary concern with the Texans’ defense would be Brian Cushing – a player Carroll knows outside in, you might say.

Carroll coached Cushing when both were at USC, but Cushing was an outside linebacker for the Trojans who has moved inside for the Texans.

“Cush was an outside guy all along for us, he was always coming off the edge,” Carroll said. “But he was an extraordinary all-around athlete and could play anything. He played every position in high school, was a star at everything; was a great, great player. One of the best guys we ever recruited, all-around ability and all that.”

Carroll saw the inside linebacker in Cushing, as well.

“It not a surprise to me at all that he wound up playing inside, just because he’s so instinctive and he’s so tough and aggressive and he wants to come at you,” Carroll said. “I had said that during the process, when the scouts would come in at SC, that it might not be a surprise, that I could see him playing inside.”

And inside is where you’ll find Cushing on Sunday, at least until the ball is snapped. He still blitzes on most downs, pass or run. He leads the Texans with 34 tackles, five of them for losses and 1.5 of those sacks. He’s also got the Texans’ only interception.

“He’s a big issue for us also,” Carroll said.

PRACTICE SQUAD SHUFFLE: GUESS WHO’S BACK, AGAIN

Defensive tackle Michael Brooks has been re-signed to the practice squad, one day after he was released – again.

To clear a spot on the eight-man squad, wide receiver Arceto Clark was released. His signing Thursday led to Brooks being released. Brooks originally was claimed off waiver in May, but was released Aug. 31 on the roster cut to 53 players. He was signed to the practice squad on Sept, 2; released on Sept. 11; re-signed on Sept. 12; released on Sept. 19; re-signed on Sept. 20; released Thursday; and re-signed Friday.

ALLISON GETS A NEW HEART

Thursday, Russell Wilson shared a duct-tape wallet that an 11-year-old patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital had made for him. Friday, the Seahawks quarterback shared his feeling about that girl, Allison, getting a heart transplant.

“I’m just so happy for Allison,” Wilson said after practice. “She was able to give me the wallet and duct tape it all up and the next day she gets heart surgery, she finds a heart. That’s unbelievable. That’s just a blessing from the Lord that things happen that way. So it’s a tremendous honor to get to know the girl. She was so sweet and so gracious.”

UP NEXT: A WALKTHROUGH IN HOUSTON

The players practiced Friday morning before the team flew to Houston. It was their final full session before Sunday’s game as they’ll hold their Saturday walkthrough at a local high school.

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