While one position for the Seahawks appeared to clear up a bit Friday — center — the strong safety spot got a little murkier.
Center Max Unger made it through Friday’s practice and said afterward he is healthy and that he is hopeful of playing Sunday against the Raiders. He was listed as questionable on the team’s official injury report.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Unger that “he is going to dress. He made it through the week and that’s a real good sign. We’ll see how much he can play but we are happy to have him back out there.”
Carroll wouldn’t answer if Unger will start, but he may have to as backup center Steve Schilling is questionable with a knee injury. If Schilling can’t go, then Patrick Lewis will be the backup center, or the alternate to Unger if for some reason his foot were to flare up again — he has not played since the Washington game.
However, Carroll also announced that strong safety Kam Chancellor will be a gametime decision with a groin injury, officially listed as questionable on the team’s injury report. Chancellor did not practice on Friday after having worked on Wednesday and Thursday. Chancellor is already dealing with ankle and hip issues, having missed practices with each of those ailments in the last few weeks. DeShawn Shead is likely the backup there with Jeron Johnson also still out with a concussion. With Johnson out and Chancellor again ailing — he had insisted earlier in the week he was fine — Seattle has just three healthy safeties in Earl Thomas, Steven Terrell and Shead. However, if needed the Seahawks could also call Terrance Parks up from the practice squad, though that would mean waiving someone off the 53-man roster.
And while the Seahawks may get healthier on the line if Unger is back, left tackle Russell Okung is also battling another injury with Carroll saying he now has a calf issue. Okung is officially listed as questionable. If Okung can’t play, then Alvin Bailey likely steps in at left tackle.
In all, six Seahawks were listed as out for Sunday’s game: TE Zach Miller, LB Bobby Wagner, LB Malcolm Smith, DT Jordan Hill, CB Byron Maxwell and S Jeron Johnson.
Four other Seahawks were listed as questionable: Chancellor, Okung, Unger and Schilling.
Everybody else is listed as probable or better.
The six listed as probable, a designation they have to have since they either missed at least one practice this week or had missed last week’s game, are: WR Bryan Walters, RB Marshawn Lynch., CB Richard Sherman, OL James Carpenter, CB Tharold Simon and DL Michael Bennett.
Here’s some video below of Carroll: