Justin Britt questionable; Dwight Freeney ready to go against Texans

posted by Curtis Crabtree - 

San Francisco 49ers v Seattle Seahawks

RENTON -- Center Justin Britt is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans due to a sprained ankle.

However, Britt was able to practice on Friday and head coach Pete Carroll gave indications to suggest he will play on Sunday afternoon.

"He did practice today. He made it through the practice," Carroll said. "We're listing him as questionable just to see what happens tomorrow but he did well today. We'll see what that means."

In addition to Carroll's comments on Britt, his words on how Ethan Pocic has handled the week gives further indication that Britt will ultimately play. Carroll said that Pocic practiced exclusively at guard on Friday and will start at left guard if Britt can play.

"He just continues to be just unfazed. Really, he's just unfazed," Carroll said of Pocic. "Today he got all his work at the guard spot, which was good, with the first group. He's just unfazed by it. He's so accustomed to moving so much over the years that it's just normal for him. He's a very unusual player with very unique qualities so it's really special that we got him. He'll play, if Justin goes, he's start at left guard."

Pocic getting no work at center on Friday would seem to indicate the team's level of confidence in Britt being able to play. Pocic would be the starting center with Mark Glowinski playing at left guard if Britt were unable to play. Giving Pocic no reps at center and Glowinski no reps at left guard with the starting unit would seem to give a pretty definitive glimpse into their thoughts on Britt's availability.

It also speaks to how Pocic played last week against the Giants. Offensive line coach Tom Cable said that they hoped to settle on one option at left guard moving forward after rotating Pocic and Glowinski throughout last week's game against the New York Giants. It will be Pocic's job if Britt starts against Houston.

Cornerback Jeremy Lane jammed two fingers "pretty violently" in practice on what Carroll called an "unusual play." He's listed as questionable to play against the Texans.

"We'll see what happens. He's pretty sore today. He was able to practice today. We'll see what happens tomorrow and Sunday all the way up until game time," Carroll said.

Running back C.J. Prosise is doubtful to play after exacerbating an ankle injury just two plays into last week's game against the Giants.

"He did not get out there today. Couldn't make it," Carroll said. "I don't know how he could overcome this, but he's doubtful right now."

Defensive end Marcus Smith is expected to play Sunday despite an ankle injury as long as something unexpected doesn't surface between now and game time.

Dwight Freeney ready to go:

Newly signed defensive end Dwight Freeney will make his debut for the Seahawks Sunday against the Texans.

Freeney had three days to practice with his new team and is ready to go according to Carroll.

"He's picked stuff up immediately," Carroll said. "I don't know how he can learn it so fast. He just learned it and has great feel for it."

Carroll did make a quick aside to note he does know how Freeney has learned so quickly. Freeney played for Dan Quinn's Atlanta Falcons last season, which run many of the same defensively principles and concepts as the Seahawks based on Quinn's prior experience with Seattle.

"That's really helped him. No hesitation on playing him this weekend. He's ready to go," Carroll said.

Dion Jordan has strong first week of practice:

Defensive end Dion Jordan made it through his first week of practice with the Seahawks after missing the first seven weeks of the season on the non-football injury list.

Jordan will work out prior to Sunday's game against the Texans and go through another full week of practice with Seattle next week before the team will begin to have a better idea of how he could fit in to their mix the rest of the season.

"That's a positive story," Carroll said. "It really is a good story, man. He looked good on Wednesday, the limited stuff we did on Wednesday. We worked him a lot after practice in pads so that we could make sure we could control the situations. He came out against yesterday and had another real positive day, felt good.

"Today was his first chance to really go in all the drills and get the team work and all that. First off, we're just so grateful that he has a chance. It's been such a long haul to get back. It's been two years and he's been great with us. He's done everything we've asked him to do. He's in good shape right now. He'll get in better (shape) but he's in good shape for practicing and he's got a chance to help us. Everything looks very positive right off the bat."

Jordan can practice for a total of three weeks before Seattle will need to make a decision to add him to the active roster or place him on injured reserve to end his season. With the progress Jordan has seemingly made already, he appears to have a good chance to play as the season continues.

Jordan hasn't appeared in an NFL game since 2014 due to injuries and suspensions. He was the 2013 No. 3 overall pick in the draft by the Miami Dolphins but never found his footing with the team.

Photo Credit: SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 22: Wide receiver Tyler Lockett #16 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates scoring a touchdown with Justin Britt #68 of the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of a football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on November 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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