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Duane Brown & George Fant Game-Day Decision For Seahawks' Divisional Round Game at Green Bay

Injury updates from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll ahead of his team’s trip to Green Bay for a divisional round game against the Packers. 

The Seahawks head to Green Bay for a divisional round playoff game with some uncertainty about their offensive line.

Left tackle Duane Brown, who has missed the past three games with a knee injury, is hoping to get back. Brown was able to practice on a limited basis on Friday, his first practice action since having surgery following Seattle's Week 16 game, and will be a game-day decision, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.

George Fant, who has played well in Brown's place, is also a game-day decision due a groin injury sustained in last week's win over the Eagles. He too was a limited participant Friday.  

Left guard Mike Iupati, meanwhile, is doubtful with a neck injury that also kept him out of last week's game. Jamarco Jones would get the start again at left guard assuming Iupati isn't able to go.

One option at left tackle if both Fant and Brown aren't available is Chad Wheeler, who was promoted off of the practice squad earlier in the week. Wheeler has not yet played in a game with Seattle, but he has been a starter in the past with the New York Giants, and he played for current Seahawks offensive line coach Mike Solari in New York.

"He has played for Mike, Mike knows him really well," Carroll said. "He's real confident that if we needed him, he'll be able to jump up. He has worked on the left side for us almost the whole time."

Defensive end Quinton Jefferson is listed as questionable with an ankle injury, but practiced Friday on a limited basis, and has a good shot at playing.

"It looks like he's going," Carroll said. "We still have to list him, but we're resting him to make sure he's ready. He'll be working out on gameday."

Rookie safety Marquise Blair is also questionable due to an ankle injury sustained in practice Thursday, one that kept him off the field Friday, but Carroll said it's a minor injury and that Blair is expecting to be able to play.

"He turned his ankle in a drill yesterday, and it's a slight ankle sprain," Carroll said. "We've got to just wait and see how it recovers. A little bit of swelling and all of that, but he's very optimistic about going."

On a positive note, Carroll said defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who has been battling a core injury since Week 10, is ahead of where he was last week, which is encouraging news considering how well he played in Seattle's win over the Eagles.

"As the week progressed, he felt much better than he did last week, so he's in good shape and ready to go," Carroll said. "We're excited about that."

The Seahawks will be getting back a pair of receivers who missed last week's game, Jaron Brown and Malik Turner.

Here are the injury reports for both teams:

Seattle Seahawks


G Mike Iupati (neck, did not participate in practice)


T Duane Brown (knee, limited participation in practice)
T George Fant (groin, limited participation in practice)
DE Ziggy Ansah (neck, did not participate in practice)
DE Quinton Jefferson (ankle, limited participation in practice)
S Marquise Blair (ankle, did not participate in practice)

Green Bay Packers


DL Tyler Lancaster (illness, did not participate in practice)
DL Kenny Clark (back, limited participation in practice)
FB Danny Vitale (back/illness, did not participate in practice)
RB Dexter Williams (illness, did not participate in practice)

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