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Monday in Hawkville: Brandon Browner out, but linemen could return this week

Posted Nov 11, 2013

There was good news and bad news on the injury front for the Seahawks. Good: Linemen Max Unger, Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini could return for Sunday’s game. Bad: Cornerback Brandon Browner won’t.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 11, which was "Tell the Truth Monday" as the players and coaches reviewed Sunday's 33-10 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta:

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 Brandon Browner, who injured a groin against the Falcons, won't play this week and possibly could miss several weeks.

STAT DU JOUR: BEST IN THE NFC

We don't usually feature standings in this space. But it's not every day – or every season, for that matter – that the Seahawks have best record in the conference at this point of the season. So here's a look the teams with the best records in the NFC – in four categories:

Overall record
Team W-L
Seahawks 9-1
Saints 7-2
49ers 6-3
Lions 6-3
Panthers 6-3

Best home records
Team W-L
Saints 5-0
Seahawks 4-0
Cowboys 4-1
Cardinals 4-1
Lions 3-1
Panthers 3-1

Best road records
Team W-L
Seahawks 5-1
Eagles 5-1
49ers 3-1
Lions 3-2
Panthers 3-3

Current winning streaks
Team Wins
Seahawks 5
Panthers 5
Giants 3
Cardinals 2
Eagles 2
Lions 2

That was the word from coach Pete Carroll during his day-after Q&A session with the media.

All-Pro center Max Unger missed Sunday's game because of a concussion he got the week before against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung hasn't played since injuring a toe in Week 2, and right tackle Breno Giacomini went out in Week 3 with a knee injury.

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 Red Bryant back after he also sat out against the Falcons because of a concussion.

"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, Walter Thurmond took over on the right side in the base defense and Byron Maxwell manned the spot in the nickel when Thurmond moved into to cover the slot receiver. The Seahawks also have Jeremy Lane available.

"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.

YOU DON'T SAY

"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."

Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin, discussing Seahawks QB Russell Wilson on the NFL Network's NFL GameDay Morning

"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.

Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner will sign autographs from 6-7 p.m. at the CenturyLink Pro Shop on Tuesday.

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