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Friday in Hawkville: Max Unger, Red Bryant out for Sunday's game

Posted Nov 8, 2013

When the Seahawks play the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday they’ll do it without the concussed duo of All-Pro center Max Unger and defensive end Red Bryant.

WORD OF THE DAY: CONCUSSED

That’s what All-Pro center Max Unger and defensive end Red Bryant are, and that’s why they won’t play in Sunday’s game against the Falcons in Atlanta.

“Those guys will not go. They’re not going to play,” coach Pete Carroll said after practice. “We’re going to take care of them this week and have them ready for next week, hopefully.”

YOU DON'T SAY

“Because I play at a very, very high level.”

All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, when asked what gives him the confidence to speak his mind the way he does

Unger and Bryant got concussions in last week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and neither was able to practice this week.

Lemuel Jeanpierre will step in for Unger, as he did in Weeks 4 and 5 when Unger was out with an arm injury.

“Whenever he’s played for us in the games he’s come through,” Carroll said. “So we really feel like he’s played already for us. We feel like he’s another of the starters going in there. So we’re pleased to get him this chance again and we expect him to play really well.”

With Bryant out, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said Michael Bennett and Tony McDaniel are prepared to play the five-technique end spot in the base defense.

INJURY REPORT: JORDAN HILL ALSO OUT FOR SUNDAY’S GAME

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

Out

STAT DU JOUR, FALCONS EDITION: MATT RYAN'S ACCURACY

From coach Pete Carroll, to defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, to All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, any mention of the Falcons’ quarterback this week has started with Ryan’s accuracy. “The thing with their quarterback is that he’s completing almost 70 percent, that’s a high number,” Quinn said. Here’s where Ryan ranks among the league leaders in completion percentage:

Player, Team Comp.-Att. Pct.
Philip Rivers, Chargers 213-295 .722
Peyton Manning, Broncos 237-333 .712
Matt Ryan, Falcons 225-332 .678
Aaron Rodgers, Packers 168-251 .669
Tony Romo, Cowboys 229-346 .662

DE Red Bryant (concussion)
FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring)
DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
C Max Unger (concussion)

Doubtful

OT Breno Giacomini (knee)

Questionable

SS Jeron Johnson (hamstring)

Probable

SS Kam Chancellor (ankle)
DE Chris Clemons (not injury related)
RB Marshawn Lynch (knee)

Hill is expected to return to practice next week, Carroll said, after sitting out this week with a strained biceps – but not the one he hurt earlier that forced the rookie to miss the first four games.

STAT DU JOUR, SEAHAWKS EDITION: SAD SACKS NO MORE

When the Seahawks and Falcons met in their divisional playoff game in January, the Seahawks did not sack Falcons QB Matt Ryan. But then sack-leader Chris Clemons was out after tearing a knee ligament the week before, Michael Bennett was playing for the Buccaneers and Cliff Avril was still with the Lions. Now, they’re the leaders of a more productive sack attack for the Seahawks. Here’s where the Seahawks rank among the league leaders:

Team Sacks
Chiefs 36
Browns 31
Seahawks 29
Bills 29
Patriots 29

Seahawks sacks: Bennett 5.5; Avril 4.5; Clemons 3.5; Clinton McDonald 3.5; Bruce Irvin 2; Tony McDaniel 2; Bobby Wagner 1.5; K.J. Wright 1.5; O’Brien Schofield 1; Malcolm Smith 1; Walter Thurmond 1; team 1; Red Bryant .5; Jordan Hill .5.

Left tackle Russell Okung and Giacomini got their most extensive work of the week in Friday’s practice, but Okung isn’t eligible to play yet because he’s on injured reserve with a designation to return and Giacomini is listed as doubtful. “Next week they’ll comeback going full speed,” Carroll said. “That will be exciting to get those guys back in there. They’re dying to play.”

Carroll also had an update on receiver Percy Harvin, who continues to rehab the hip that needed surgery in August but is not practicing. “Percy’s the best he’s been,” Carroll said. “He had another excellent day. He’s not ready to play this week. He’ll return to practice, hopefully, next week and we’ll go just one day a time then. But all of the signs are really encouraging. He feels good. He’s not having any issues after he works out the next day. So I think we’ve built up enough positive days here to take a real good positive step. I don’t know what that means in terms of playing next week, but we’re hoping he’ll be able to get some extra work and really jump back into it.”

For the Falcons:

Questionable

OT Sam Baker (knee)
LB Stephen Nicholas (thigh)
DT Corey Peters (knee)
WR Roddy White (hamstring/ankle)

Probable

DT Peria Jerry (toe)

UP NEXT: A WALKTHROUGH IN ATLANTA

The players will hold their Saturday walkthrough in Atlanta.

Former Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber was at VMAC on Thursday to tape a segment on the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom secondary that will air Sunday morning on FOX’s pre-pregame show.