As if the recent impressive victory against the Falcons wasn’t enough to get Seattle Seahawks fans excited, some injury updates are elevating that excitement even further.
Tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini are practicing with the first offense this week, and they’ll look to take the field Sunday. Now, given Alvin Bailey and others’ stellar play on the offensive line last Sunday, Pete Carroll will probably feel comfortable not throwing Okung and Giacomini back in for the entire game. Much like what Seattle fans see on the defensive line, there will probably be a healthy rotation of offensive linemen to ease Okung and Giacomini back in to the starting eleven. After all, Okung hasn’t played since Week 2, Giacomini since Week 3. Nevertheless, having the anchors on the end of the line is certainly welcome news.
Center Max Unger missed the Falcons game with a concussion, but like Okung and Giacomini, there’s a good chance he’ll be playing on Sunday. Carroll hasn’t made guarantees that they will play, but there’s no need for him to guarantee their presence. Alvin Bailey, Michael Bowie, Lemuel Jeanpierre, and Paul McQuistan did a stellar job last Sunday, so it’s not like Seattle’s offensive line is completely hopeless right now. Having the three regular guys back in can only help continue Seattle’s red hot offense led by Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch.
And then there’s Percy Harvin, who is now officially on the 53 man roster. His nearing return is especially exciting, because his presence is going to make the offense even more dangerous. That’s not to mention all the ways offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell can creatively incorporate Harvin into the offensive scheme.
Harvin is going to be able to stretch the field on fly routes, switch directions through reverses and jet sweeps, and find that one hole on a jailbreak screen. The possibilities seem endless with Harvin’s athleticism and versatility. I’m not going to go out on a limb and say Harvin will be playing against his former team this Sunday, because the Seahawks’ bye is so close that Carroll may use it to make sure Harvin is fully ready to go and has the knowledge of the offense well enough in his head. Plus, Seattle’s receivers ought to fare pretty well against Minnesota’s defense as it is.
There is one bit of bad news, and that is Brandon Browner’s groin injury could sideline him for multiple weeks. At the same time, though, the secondary has enough depth to step up in his absence. Walter Thurmond played well on Sunday, as did Byron Maxwell. Thurmond doesn’t have Browner’s height, but his speed and athleticism will be able to cover Browner’s absence.
The Seattle Seahawks seem to have everything coming together at the same time, and it will be extremely exciting to see what this complete team will be able to do with these pieces coming back just in time for key games that could decide the playoff seedings this winter. For me, all things are looking up for the Seattle Seahawks.
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