WORD OF THE DAY: INJURIES
The Seahawks played without three starting offensive lineman against the Falcons, but all could return for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field. But
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That was the word from coach Pete Carroll during his day-after Q&A session with the media.
But all are scheduled to practice Wednesday.
"It's a very upbeat feeling around our locker room right now," Carroll said. "These guys are excited to see Russell and Breno back in. Max comes back to us this week, as well. Hopefully if everything works out right during the week those guys return. There's a chance all three of those guys could play this week for us."
The defense also could get end
"He and Max are still day-to-day," Carroll said. "But they both look like they're going to make it back."
The update wasn't nearly as good on Browner, the starting cornerback on the right side.
"It looks pretty serious," Carroll said. "We'll know more later in the week. He's got a substantial groin issue here. We've got to figure it out."
When Browner went out,
"Those guys have always performed really well when called on," Carroll said. "We feel really good about those guys. They're tested. They've started games. They've played a lot. So we're in good shape at the position. Of course if we're going to miss Brandon it's going to be significant because he's a terrific football player for us. But we do have really capable guys to step in."
ROOKIE WATCH: ALVIN BAILEY
The free-agent rookie lineman saw his most extensive action of the season against the Falcons, at left tackle in passing situations and also at right guard. And Carroll liked what he saw from the 6-foot-3, 320-pounder from Arkansas, at both spots.
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"He can make those (big) plays, but he doesn't make the stupid play. He's a managing playmaker and that keeps them in games."
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"He handled it. He handled it really well," Carroll said. "He's a really bright kid, which really helps. He was able to play on the left side and right side and all of that; jump in, jump out. That's really challenging for an offensive lineman. And he handled it really well.
"He played good football for us and was physical. Had some key blocks at right guard and at tackle. That's hard to do that. He's come a long way. It's really a tremendous asset for us right now."
UP NEXT: AN "OFF" DAY FOR THE PLAYERS
The players will have their "off" day on Tuesday, before returning Wednesday to begin practicing for Sunday's game against the Vikings.