Unger will return, but Wagner probably out

October, 11, 2013
10/11/13
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RENTON, Wash. -- Pro Bowl center Max Unger will return on Sunday, but Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said middle linebacker Bobby Wagner probably will not play against the Tennessee Titans.

“Max had a good week,” Carroll said Friday. “Bobby has an outside chance if you’re really optimistic.”

Wagner did not practice this week because of a high ankle sprain. It’s unlikely the Seahawks would consider playing him Sunday since Seattle has a short week coming up with a game on Thursday night at Arizona.

K.J. Wright will move from his outside linebacker spot to start for Wagner in the middle. Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith will start at the outside spots.

Unger missed the last two games with an upper arm injury.

“Max is a huge addition to us,” Carroll said. “He's a tremendous captain out there for us with all the communications and all the signals. He has great awareness and helps the people around him play better.”

Starting tight end Zach Miller missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury and didn’t practice this week, but Carroll remains hopeful he could play Sunday.

“Zach is really close,” Carroll said. “He ran well this week, but we rested him [Friday]. He has a chance to make it back for game day.”

Cornerback Jeremy Lane, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, returned to practice Friday and Carroll said there’s a good chance he will play Sunday.

Running back Marshawn Lynch and wide receiver Sidney Rice did not practice Friday, but Carroll said both were just resting.

"We did treat Marshawn for a little hip thing this week, but he's fine," Carroll said.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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