Seattle again was missing three-fifths of its starting offensive line for practice on Thursday, while also adding a new name to the injured list — receiver and kick returner Paul Richardson.
Richardson was one of seven players who did not participate, sitting out with a hamstring issue, presumably suffered in practice Wednesday as he had not been listed on Wednesday’s practice report.
The other six players who were DNP Thursday were the same six who also sat out Wednesday — center Max Unger, left tackle Russell Okung, right guard J.R. Sweezy, defensive end Demarcus Dobbs, tight end Tony Moeaki and running back Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch had his usual sore back/rest day.
But the fact that three-fifths of the starting offensive line was out for a second straight day has to at least raise an eyebrow. Coach Pete Carroll does not talk to the media on Thursdays so we did not get additional details.
Unger remains out with ankle/knee issues and is working less this week than he did last week.
Okung is dealing with a bruised lung suffered against the 49ers Sunday. Carroll had said Wednesday he would have some work done today that might clarify his status for Sunday. It’s unclear if that happened or the results, but he did not practice today.
Sweezy was DNP with an ankle injury suffered Sunday against the 49ers.
Alvin Bailey will replace Okung if needed, as he did Sunday when he played the second half after Okung was sidelined.
As for the other two spots, the players would almost certainly be Lemuel Jeanpierre and Patrick Lewis. Each is listed as a center but Jeanpierre also has played lots of guard through the years and one option could be to move him to guard and have Lewis play center. Lewis has started twice this season, including in the first game against the Cardinals.
Dobbs (ankle) appears out this week while it’s unclear the status of Moeaki (shoulder).
TE Cooper Helfet was again listed as a full participant and appears on track to play for the first time since the first Cardinals game when he suffered a sprained ankle on the final series.
As for Arizona, the Cardinals’ injury report revealed something of a surprise — QB Drew Stanton listed as participating on a limited basis.
He’s been assumed out for this week with a knee injury suffered last Thursday against the Rams, and it’s probably still a longshot that he would play. But being on the injury report as limited instead of DNP or out is at least something to consider.
Here’s the official Arizona team website with some info on Stanton practicing today.