Pete Carroll: Center Max Unger expected to work back in at practice

Posted Oct 2, 2013

News and notes from head coach Pete Carroll's Week 5 Wednesday press conference at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon ahead of the team's 1:45 p.m. PT "Competition Wednesday" practice and preparation for Sunday's Week 5 road contest against the Indianapolis Colts (3-1) at Lucas Oil Stadium.

All-Pro/Pro Bowl center Max Unger will start working back in at practice today, Carroll confirmed. Unger missed last Sunday's game against the Houston Texans with an arm injury and Carroll said his status will be monitored day-to-day throughout the week. With Unger sidelined, fourth-year pro Lemuel Jeanpierre has been filling in at center with the No. 1 unit.

Right tackle Breno Giacomini is in New York and will stay there for the remainder of the week as he continues recovery from the knee surgery he underwent on Monday. Carroll did not have any further details on when Giacomini projects to return.

Carroll said rookie defensive tackle Jordan Hill (biceps) will take on a heavier work load in practice this week after participating in a limited fashion a week ago. Hill, the team's third-round draft pick last April, has yet to play in a regular season game.

"We're real excited about him," Carroll said of Hill. "Early on we had him scheduled to be one of the four rushers to go with Michael Bennett inside."

On linebacker Bruce Irvin, last year's first-round draft pick who is back with the club after serving a four-game suspension to start the season, Carroll said the team will see how he looks in practice before determining where he'll fit in on the field.

"He seems to be very fit, as healthy as can be," Carroll said. "We've got to see what he's doing and what he looks like."

Below are some more news and notes from Carroll's Wednesday presser:

    • Carroll reiterated that defensive end Michael Bennett will practice Wednesday. Bennett left last Sunday's game on a stretcher and was taken to a nearby Houston hospital for precautionary measures with what turned out to be a lower back strain.

    • Carroll noted defensive tackle Clinton McDonald has performed better recently than at any time in the past couple of years, "He's reminded us of why he should be here on a day to day basis." McDonald shares the team lead in sacks (2.5) with Bennett.

    • Strong safety Jeron Johnson will return to practice today. Johnson has been on the mend since leaving the team's Week 1 game against the Carolina Panthers with a hamstring injury.

    • Rookie running back Spencer Ware is "still hobbling around," Carroll said. Ware sprained his ankle in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers and has not participated in practice since.

    • Carroll offered some praise for Colts quarterback Andrew Luck: "It was not a difficult pick to take him first a year ago and he's lived up to every bit of it and more," he said. "He looks like a pocket passer, but he's way more than that."

Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth and Digital Media Host Tony Ventrella will be back with more following today's practice, when offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be available to the media.