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December 27, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Jermaine Kearse will be a game-time decision for Seahawks; Red Bryant listed as probable

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave his final updates Friday heading into the team’s regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams, and a lot of the focus was on injuries. Here is a quick rundown with some other notes:

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— Two players are ruled out for sure: receiver Percy Harvin (hip) and linebacker KJ Wright (foot). No surprises there. Carroll also noted that there won’t be a roster move today regarding Harvin’s status — e.g. being placed on injured reserve — after some indications to that earlier this week.

— Receiver Jermaine Kearse will be a game-time decision due to an ankle injury suffered early in last week’s game against Arizona and listed as questionable. “He’s going to run now after practice and we’ll see where he is,” Carroll said. “We won’t know until game day.”

— Defensive lineman Red Bryant returned to practice Friday after missing two days with a knee injury, and Carroll said he’ll be listed as probable: “(He) did really well. … He came through the week just fine.”

— Returning to the group this week is cornerback Walter Thurmond, who has served his four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Carroll said “there is a good chance” he’ll be activated before Sunday’s game, which would require a corresponding move. “He had a great week,” Carroll said of Thurmond. “He worked out really hard in the break for him and came back really full speed and is ready to play.”

Byron Maxwell will still start at cornerback opposite Richard Sherman. “Byron has played great football for us,” Carroll said. “I think he’s on a kind of rhythm that we want to take (into) a game like this. There is no reason to put Walter into that situation after just one week of practice. But Walter’s ready to play. If he’s active, he’ll be out there helping us out. It’s really a statement about what Byron Maxwell has done and the way he’s played, so we’re thrilled to put him out there again.”

— The offensive line will be back to full strength against the Rams as JR Sweezy returns from a concussion. “It’s terrific,” Carroll said of Sweezy’s return. “He’s one of the starters that we’ve counted on. He’s played a lot of games for us, so it’s good. The continuity is really important. This is a difficult defense, lot of scheme and communication issues, so that helps us having the regular five guys back in there.”

— Still, Michael Bowie, who started at right guard in Sweezy’s place last week, could factor into the rotation at times. “He did a very good job playing,” Carroll said of Bowie, “so we’re very comfortable with him going into the game in a couple spots.”

— Lastly, expect to see Doug Baldwin back returning kickoffs, which he did against the Cardinals in the end. Said Carroll: “Doug’s going to get some turns back there, yeah. Hopefully not very many.”


OUT: LB KJ Wright (foot), WR Percy Harvin (hip).

QUESTIONABLE: WR Jermaine Kearse (ankle).

PROBABLE: G JR Sweezy (concussion), RB Derrick Coleman (shoulder), T Russell Okung (toe), LB Malcolm Smith (ankle), CB Richard Sherman (hip), RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related), S Earl Thomas (thigh), DE Red Bryant (knee).


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