Seahawks’ Wagner set to return, but Carpenter is questionable
RENTON – The Seahawks will get at least one starter back Sunday as middle linebacker Bobby Wagner is set to return from a toe injury.
There could be another depending on how left guard James Carpenter feels immediately before Seattle’s game against Arizona. Coach Pete Carroll told KIRO Radio 97.3 FM Friday morning that Carpenter will “likely” play after missing the last two games with an ankle sprain, but he was less sure about that when he spoke with the media following the team’s practice.
“He was limited at the end of the week here,” Carroll said. “He had a little more work yesterday than we could get him today. We had to hold him out and we will see all the way up to game-time with him.”
The other question mark along Seattle’s offensive line is at center, specifically, whether Patrick Lewis or Lemuel Jeanpierre will start there Sunday. Lewis replaced starter Max Unger when he went down last Sunday against Kansas City with a high ankle sprain. The team re-signed Jeanpierre earlier this week, and Carroll said he “came back really sharp” considering he hadn’t played since he was released with an injury settlement by Seattle in September. Carroll wouldn’t indicate which player will start, though.
“We’re going to wait that out until game-time,” Carroll said. “He’s ready to play, though, and we will not hesitate to play him and we will make the call here on gameday.”
Along with Unger, cornerback Marcus Burley and rookie linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis are the only Seahawks that have been ruled out.
Running back Marshawn Lynch will play, having returned to practice Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday for the third consecutive week.
“He did fine today,” Carroll said. “He’s ready to go.”
Wagner has missed the last five games, and while he’s returning to action Sunday, he won’t necessarily return to his every-down role in Seattle’s defense just yet.
“We will know how many plays he’s playing and see how it’s going,” Carroll said. “Like I said earlier in the week, he’s in great shape. He really worked hard to be in great condition, so we don’t think that’s a factor. We just want to watch and see how he plays and see what happens.”
• CB Marcus Burley (hamstring)
• LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder)
• C Max Unger (knee/ankle)
• DE Demarcus Dobbs (knee)
• LG James Carpenter (ankle)
• DL Michael Bennett (not injury related)
• LB Brock Coyle (glute)
• RB Marshawn Lynch (back)
• CB Byron Maxwell (calf)
• RG J.R. Sweezy (thigh)
• LB Bobby Wagner (toe)