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October 11, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Saturday links and notes: Schilling ready if called upon

Barring what Pete Carroll said would be a “miraculous recovery,” Stephen Schilling will get the first start of his Seattle career on Sunday against Dallas in place of Max Unger.

I wrote about Schilling for the Saturday paper, recounting a little of how he came back to Seattle as well as thoughts on potentially starting (I also wrote this in June with more background on Schilling and coming to Seattle).

It’s also worth nothing this would be the first change for the Seattle offensive line this season after what was something of a revolving door in 2013.

Recall that Russell Okung got hurt in the second game of the season and Breno Giacomini in the third, starting what would be almost constant shuffling all season. Seattle ultimately started six different offensive line combos in 2013 and had its opening day offensive line together for just five games.

Offensive line stability is usually one of the bigger indicators of a successful season — during their 2005 Super Bowl run Seattle missed just two starts from any of its five regular starting offensive linemen. But Seattle survived last season. And the hope will be that if Unger does miss Sunday, he’s not outĀ  long — Pete Carroll said yesterday that Unger will continue to be a day-to-day situation each week as it moves forward, indicating this won’t be a long-term situation.

Schilling, meanwhile, is ready for the chance. He’s in his fourth year now in the NFL, and from the beginning of his Seattle tenure has seemed a good fit with what the Seahawks do and with OL coach Tom Cable.

“Every week this season I’ve been in there as the backup if he were to get hurt,” Schilling said. “So you kind of prepare the same way and be ready to play if needed.”

In other news. …

— Official confirmation did come yesterday that Bruce Irvin was fined $5,512 by the NFL for a uniform violation (wearing white hightops when the team shoe color was black) while OT Justin Britt was fined $8,268 for a late hit, though there was no penalty called on the play.

— Here’s a roundup of all of the national predictions on the game.

— looks at who has the edge between Richard Sherman and Dez Bryant.

— Canadians Luke Willson and Jon Ryan happy now that the NHL season has begun.

— ESPN’s weekly Inside Edge preview.

— The Fort Worth Star-Telegram says the Cowboys are focused on containing Russell Wilson.

— The Cowboys will practice Saturday at the University of Washington.

— The Dallas MorningĀ  News with a bunch of keys to the game.

Jerry Jones says backup running back Joseph Randle should get more carries.

— The latest on Dallas’ injuries.

— FieldGulls answers five questions on the game.

Finally, if you missed the E:60 segment on Sherman earlier this month, here you go:


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