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Friday in Hawkville: Zach Miller questionable for Sunday’s game

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Zach Miller’s hamstring tightened in practice this week, which prevented him from practicing the past two days. The Seahawks are listing their starting tight end questionable for Sunday’s game against the Colts.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 4, when the Seahawks held their final full practice before Sunday’s game against the Colts in Indianapolis:

WORD OF THE DAY: QUESTIONABLE

As in the injury-status designation that indicates a player has a 50-50 chance of playing. That’s what tight end Zach Miller and center Max Unger were listed as after Friday’s practice, the team’s final full session to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Colts in Indianapolis.

Miller felt tightness in a hamstring during practice on Wednesday and did not practice the past two days, but coach Pete Carroll said Miller’s status won’t be determined until pregame warm-ups.

“We’re going to wait it out and see if it’s going to be a factor for the game,” Carroll said.

If Miller can’t play, rookie Luke Willson will start.

“Luke’s done a good job. He’s measured up,” Carroll said. “So really, I’m anxious to see him play and take over this role with a lot of responsibilities.”

Unger has an arm injury that prevented him from playing last week. His status also will be a game-day decision.

“We’re hoping he can make a turn,” Carroll said. “He got some work done this week. It hasn’t gone as quickly as we had hoped, so I can’t tell you more than that.”

Lemuel Jeanpierre started last week and will on Sunday if Unger can’t play.

PLAYER WATCH: BRUCE IRVIN

YOU DON'T SAY

“He’s Houdini. There’s some Houdini in there somewhere. I don’t know if he’s a relation.”

All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman on the ability of quarterback Russell Wilson to escape from situations

Bruce Irvin, last year’s first-round draft choice, has practiced all week since rejoining the team following his four-game suspension. Carroll said he is ready to play against the Colts, but Irvin has yet to be added to the 53-man roster after being given a roster exemption.

“He’s in great shape. He’s ready to go. And he’s really charged up,” Carroll said. “He’s done a lot of studying over the time that he was out of here and has come back ready to take advantage of this. He doesn’t want to wait another game to get going. We’d like to play him this week.”

INJURY REPORT: JORDAN HILL, JEREMY LANE STILL A WEEK AWAY

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

STAT DU JOUR: LOTS OF "BANG" FOR THEIR MEBANE

When it comes to doing the dirty work on the Seahawks’ No. 5-ranked defense, it starts with nose tackle Brandon Mebane. He has 11 tackles this season, pushing his total to 123 since 2011 – which ranks second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL among interior linemen during that span:

Player, team Total Solo Assists
DT Ahtyba Rubin, Browns 133 91 42
DT Domata Peko, Bengals 130 61 69
DT Linval Joseph, Giants 127 78 49
DT Brandon Mebane, Seahawks 123 77 46
DT Jurrell Casey, Titans 120 84 36

Mebane’s contributions have not been lost on Carroll.

“I think Brandon is right on it,” Carroll said of the player his teammates call “Bang, Bang.”

“He’s doing everything we want him to do. He’s playing really physical at the line of scrimmage and he’s causing problems more in the pass rush than he has. He’s playing good football.”

Out
OT Breno Giacomini (knee)
RB Spencer Ware (ankle)

Doubtful
CB Jeremy Lane (hamstring)

Questionable
C Max Unger (arm)
TE Zach Miller (hamstring)

Probable
DE Michael Bennett (back)
DE Chris Clemons (not injury related)
DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
SS Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related)
NT Brandon Mebane (knee)
CB Walter Thurmond (shoulder)
LB K.J. Wright (shoulder)

Lane is listed as doubtful, but Carroll said he is not ready to play this week. Hill also is a week away from returning after being sidelined with a biceps injury, Carroll said.

For the Colts:

Out
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck)
RB Stanley Havili (ankle)
DT Ricky Jean Francois (groin)
S LaRon Landry (ankle)
LB Bjoern Werner (foot)

Probable
CB Vontae Davis (foot)
S Delano Howell (toe)
OG Hugh Thornton (shoulder)

NEVER SAY NEVER: IT’S RICHARD SHERMAN

The honors just keep on coming for All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman. On Thursday, he was named NFC Defensive of the Month for September. Friday, it was announced that Sherman’s 58-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to tie last week’s game against the Texans in Houston was voted the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week.

 

PRACTICE-SQUAD ROULETTE: D’ANTHONY SMITH RETURNS

Defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith was re-signed to the practice squad. To clear a spot on the eight-man unit, defensive tackle Sealver Siliga was released. Smith had been released last week.

UP NEXT: A WALKTHROUGH IN INDY

The team flew to Indianapolis on Friday after a midday practice. The Saturday walkthrough will be held in Indianapolis.

The Seahawks will return to CenturyLink Field next week to host the Tennessee Titans before going back on the road for back-to-back primetime games against the Cardinals in Arizona (Thursday night, Oct. 17) and the Rams in St. Louis (Monday night, Oct. 28).