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December 19, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Pete Carroll says on radio show Max Unger and Russell Okung will not play against Arizona, but J.R. Sweezy will

The Seattle Seahawks will be without two starting offensive linemen — center Max Unger and left tackle Russell Okung — against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, coach Pete Carroll said today on his weekly Friday radio show on KIRO-97.3 FM.

However, Carroll said another offensive linemen battling injury — right guard J.R. Sweezy — will be able to play.

Okung suffered a bruised lung Sunday against the 49ers and has not practiced this week and Carroll said “he’s probably going to take another week to make sure he is safe and sound and ready to finish out the year.”

The team had said heading into the week that Okung would likely be out a week or two, so this is no real surprise.

Same can be said of Unger, who also has not practiced all week and of whom Carroll sounded pessimistic earlier in the week would be available to play.

Unger has not played since hurting his ankle and knee at Kansas City on Nov. 16. He practiced some last week but Carroll said earlier in the week that Unger had “a tough recovery” from that work, and specifically some work he did last Friday.

Carroll reiterated that on his show this morning saying that Unger “just couldn’t make the turn” ┬áto be ready to play this week.

Sweezy also has not practiced this week due to a sprained ankle suffered Sunday against the 49ers. But Carroll said simply that Sweezy “will make it.”

Alvin Bailey will start at left tackle in place of Okung and Lemuel Jeanpierre will start at center in place of Unger. That will be the same offensive line that played the second half last week against the 49ers, when the Seahawks rallied from a 7-3 halftime deficit to beat San Francisco 17-7. Jeanpierre has started the last three games while Bailey also started at left tackle against Oakland and three other games at left guard.

The lineup of Bailey, James Carpenter, Jeanpierre, Sweezy and Justin Britt will be the eighth different to start this season on the offensive line for the Seahawks.

Carroll also spoke of the four-year contract extension given this week to linebacker K.J. Wright and said it’s another example of the team trying to create an environment where players want to stay. “He doesn’t know any other place and he doesn’t have to know any other place now,” Carroll said. “He can stay with us as long as he wants.”

Carroll said other players responded on Thursday “just really openly and warmly with him, the fact that this happened. They love him and are really proud of him and grateful he’s going to be part of this.”

 

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