Free safety Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks intercepts a pass against wide receiver Skye Dawson #18 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field on November 3, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Thomas was called for interference on the play, but the Seahawks defeated the Buccaneers 27-24. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
T Russell Okung has been out since Week 2 with a sprained toe ligament. T Breno Giacomini has been sidelined since Week 3 with a knee injury that required surgery.
Both moved a step closer to returning to action on Wednesday.
Okung still isn't eligible to play this week as he has to miss one more game while on the short-term injured reserve list.
Head coach Pete Carroll said it's unlikely Giacomini would be able to play either against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. It's been six weeks since Giacomini has been able to practice. Carroll believes asking him to play this week could be asking too much.
"We're not thinking that way right now," Carroll said.
However, getting both players back for the stretch run will be a big benefit for Seattle's offense.
In the meantime, Seattle has to get by with who they have. C Max Unger is working back from a concussion and may not be available to play against the Falcons as he has to clear concussion protocol. If Unger can't play, C Lemuel Jeanpierre will get the start at center.
T Alvin Bailey briefly saw time at left tackle for the final drive of the second quarter last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bailey, an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas, impressed at times in the preseason but has been purely a reserve for most of the year. His only playing time on offense came in the second half of Seattle's rout of the Jaguars before getting a chance to play a series against Tampa Bay.
Carroll indicated Wednesday that they would like to get him involved a bit more going forward.
"We're going to keep the rotation going and keep this moving forward," Carroll said. "He only got in the one series; had a nice series there on the touchdown drive in the second quarter. We'd like to see him play a little bit more than that."
Seattle had perhaps it's best performance since Okung and Giacomini went down Sunday against the Buccaneers. Now they are having to shuffle the lineup again due to injuries along the line.
What's Up With Harvin?
WR Percy Harvin is still not practicing with the Seattle Seahawks as he returns from hip surgery in August, but head coach Pete Carroll says Harvin has entered "Phase 2" of his rehabilitation process.
"Percy had a really good workout today," Carroll said. "...He's day-to-day. I know he's very encouraged about the work he did today."
"We're excited that he's strong and feeling good. We'll see what we can do in the days ahead."
Carroll said they still believe that it's not a matter of if Harvin will be able to return to the field, just when it will happen.
"I think it's just a matter of time," Carroll said. "We feel confident that the surgery went very well. He's working diligently to get it done. We just have to do it right because we want him to finish the season with us and not have this be an issue."
"The tendency for him in particular, he's such a tremendous competitor, he's dying to get back and we're just trying to make sure we can really secure the return and make it a great one."
Carroll said Harvin isn't sore and they are trying to bring him along and get him back into game shape.
"When we really feel secure and solid and he feels great, then we'll bust him out," Carroll said.
DE Red Bryant also has to clear concussion protocol in order to be able to play Sunday against Atlanta.
S Jeron Johnson returned to practice Wednesday as well for the first time in several weeks after re-injuring his hamstring. Carroll said the hope is for Johnson to be able to play next week against Minnesota.
DT Jordan Hill didn't practice Wednesday and was once again listed with a biceps injury. Carroll did not speak to the injury Wednesday so it's uncertain what the issue is. However, it's same to assume he may have re-injured the same biceps that forced him to miss the start of the season.
FB Derrick Coleman is still a few weeks away in recovering from his hamstring injury.
Did Not Participate
DT Corey Peters (knee)
T Sam Baker (knee)
DT Peria Jerry (toe)
LB Stephen Nicholas (thigh)
WR Roddy White (hamstring/ankle)
Did Not Participate
FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring)
C Max Unger (concussion)
DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
DE Red Bryant (concussion)
DE Chris Clemons (non-injury)
T Breno Giacomini (knee)
RB Marshawn Lynch (knee)
S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)