The big news Friday was obviously the loss for at least two months of left tackle Russell Okung, and the domino effect of that could mean that rookies Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey will be called on for service if anything happens to Okung’s replacement, Paul McQuistan.
Offensive line coach Tom Cable hinted strongly this week that Bowie was ahead of Bailey in that pecking order.
“I think Bowie is definitely ready to play,’’ Cable said Wednesday. “I think Alvin is right there, so we’ll see if we can press him over the hump this week.’’
Friday, I talked for a few minutes with Bowie, who was one of the team’s seventh-round picks in 2013 out of Northeastern State in Oklahoma.
Bowie said it was a big week knowing how close he is now to playing for the first time.
“There’s always urgency, but with him (Okung) going down it put a little more urgency to it,” he said. “I feel like if my number is called I will be ready.”
Bowie, if you recall, had been making quick progress in training camp before a shoulder injury halfway through.
But Bowie said the injury is healed and “I’m better now, back to where I was before I was hurt, and it shouldn’t be a problem.”
He also revealed that he had a little chat with Okung this week about how things might change now.
“He just told me that if I learn how to strain, he saide I have the talent but if I learn how to strain and just work a little harder I will be where I want to be,” Bowie said.
And no doubt, in a game that may not offer much drama, seeing how the left tackle spot unfolds will offer its own measure of intrigue.
In other news. …
— Expect the Seahawks to make a roster move today to fill the spot on the 53-man roster now vacant with Okung being moved to IR;
— Also, if you missed it, the Seahawks cut WR Nicholas Edwards off the practice squad Friday and re-signed DL Michael Brooks;
— Matt Barrows, who covers the 49ers for the Sacramento Bee, is the latest to wonder if it was too loud at CenturyLink Sunday;
— Seahawks.com offers four matchups to watch Sunday;
— ESPN.com’s Terry Blount wonders if Okung and Percy Harvin will return together;
— Here are some Jacksonville injury updates from the Florida Times-Union;
— The Times-Union also notes the Jags could make betting line history;
— The Times-Union also offers a feature on Russell Wilson;
— The Jags today promoted WR Jeremy Ebert from their practice squad;
— Here’s ESPN’s Double Coverage preview of the game;
— Brian McIntrye has updated salary cap numbers for every NFL team;
— With Seattle such a heavy favorite, fun stuff here from SI.com on the 12 worst survivor pool upsets of the past seven years;
— Finally, Elliot Harrison of NFL.com forecasts a big Seahawk win.