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Pete Carroll on Max Unger: "We think he'll make it for Sunday"

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Head coach Pete Carroll provides updates on the status of center Max Unger, wide receiver Percy Harvin, cornerback Brandon Browner and more in his Wednesday press conference.

Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon ahead of the team's 1:45 p.m. "Competition Wednesday" practice and preparation for the club's Week 15 contest with the New York Giants (5-8) at MetLife Stadium.

Center Max Unger, who suffered a chest injury in the fourth quarter of last Sunday's game against San Francisco 49ers, will sit out today's practice with the hope of returning to action on Thursday or Friday.

"We think he'll make it for Sunday," Carroll said.

Wide receiver Percy Harvin will not practice today as he continues rehabbing his surgically repaired hip. Carroll said Harvin's status has fluctuated since playing in the team's Week 11 win over the Minnesota Vikings, noting Harvin hasn't been able to get "over the hump" that would allow him to return to action.

"We're just going week- to-week trying to figure this thing out," Carroll said. "When he gets on the practice field it's truly day-to-day."

Below are a few more bits of news and notes from Carroll's Wednesday presser:

    • Strong safety Jeron Johnson, who was placed on injured reserve today, will not need surgery to repair the hamstring he injured in Week 14 against the Niners. Johnson's injury is to the opposite hamstring that kept him out of games earlier this season.

    • With Johnson shut down for the year, Carroll said DeShawn Shead will focus his time playing more safety, and the newly-signed Perrish Cox will fill the backup cornerback role left by Shead.

    • Carroll said cornerback Brandon Browner (groin) will not make it back "full-go" this week, but is working with the hope that he'll be ready to go next week.

    • Linebacker K.J. Wright underwent surgery this morning to repair the foot he broke last Sunday in San Francisco. Carroll did not have an update on Wright's status post-operation.

    • James Carpenter will receive a second consecutive start at left guard on Sunday against the Giants. Carroll said veteran Paul McQuistan will continue to mix into the competition at the spot.

    • Carroll cited ball security as the reason the team is going with running back Robert Turbin over wide receiver Jermaine Kearse in the kick return game, but noted Harvin will retake that duty when healthy.

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.