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Pete Carroll not optimistic on Red Bryant, Max Unger

By Brady Henderson

Coach Pete Carroll doesn’t sound optimistic that the Seahawks will have defensive end Red Bryant or center Max Unger for Sunday’s game against Atlanta.

Neither player has practiced this week as they haven’t been cleared to return since experiencing concussion-like symptoms, something Carroll noted Friday morning when he joined “The Morning News” on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM.

“They have not had the opportunity to get back on the field,” Carroll said. “They go through this process and the doctors have not cleared them to this point. We’ll see what happens. I’ll get the word here in about 10 minutes about where we are today and then we’ll know more about it. But those guys, when they haven’t practiced for a couple of days, that starts to mean like it might be harder to expect them to play.”

The team will release its final injury report after Friday’s practice.

Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said earlier this week that either Michael Bennett or Tony McDaniel would start in place of Bryant if he’s unable to play. Lemuel Jeanpierre is Seattle’s backup center, and he started two games earlier this season when Unger was out with a triceps injury.