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Monday, October 7, 2013
Carroll expects Unger to play this weekend

By Terry Blount

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he expects center Max Unger to play this weekend after missing the last two games, but tight end Zach Miller's status is uncertain.

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“We’re counting on Max practicing this week,” Carroll said Monday. “We think he’s going make it this week. Holding him out [Sunday at Indianapolis] gave us the chance to say that now and we look forward to him playing.”

Unger suffered a triceps injury in the Jacksonville game on Sept. 22nd. Miller injured a hamstring in practice last week and did not play against the Colts.

“Zach is a day-to-day thing,” Carroll said. “We don’t know yet. We’ll have to see how it goes. It will take until the end of the week before we’ll know if we have a chance to have him back.”

The Seahawks played without four starters on offense in the 34-28 loss to the Colts, including tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini.

Okung is on injured reserve for at least five more weeks with a torn ligament in a big toe. Giacomini, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery one week ago, could return sooner.

‘‘He’s still hobbling around, but he should make a pretty good turn in the next week or so," Carroll said of Giacomini. “He’s progressing fine, but he’s not ready to go yet.”

The only significant injury Seattle suffered Sunday was a sprained ankle for middle linebacker Bobby Wagner.

“He went back in and finished the game,” Carroll said, “but we’ll have to see how that goes this week.”