Okung and Chancellor won’t play

Seahawks bandagesEarlier this week, Pete Carroll was looking forward to getting injured players back in the next couple of weeks and having his full roster available soon.

Little did he/we know it would get worse before it got better.

The Seahawks have been without four starters for the past 2-3 weeks and will be without six today, with safety Kam Chancellor and left tackle Russell Okung joining tight end Zach Miller, cornerback Byron Maxwell, and linebackers Bobby Wagner and Malcolm Smith on the sideline.

Chancellor was not on the inactive list, but he apparently will sit with injuries to his groin, hip and ankles. It will be the first game Chancellor has missed since Week 4, 2011. With Jeron Johnson (concussion) out, DeShawn Shead figures to get his first start at safety.

Alvin Bailey, who filled in at both guard spots briefly last week, figures to start for Okung.

With Wagner and Smith out, the Hawks are going with rookie Brock Coyle at middle linebacker and moving K.J. Wright back outside. Rookie Kevin Pierre-Louis will play a lot as well.

The lone bit of good news is that Max Unger is active and figures to start after missing three games with a sprained foot. His backup, Stephen Schilling, also is active despite a knee injury. If they can’t make it through the game, Patrick Lewis will play.

If Unger and Schilling can’t get through and James Carpenter has issues with his back, the Hawks will be in trouble on the line — with Garry Gilliam likely playing at left tackle, Bailey moving to left guard and Lewis at center. No way the offense would get anything done under that circumstance.

All of those changes are in addition to Luke Willson starting for Miller, Tharold Simon (also banged up) starting for Maxwell and Robert Turbin leading a cast of fullbacks in place of Derrick Coleman. The newest option there is 280-pound Will Tukuafu, although it’s hard to see him playing more than a handful of plays today.

The Hawks face the best-case scenario for the injury rash, with two home games in a row before a tough final seven games.

But it won’t be surprising at all if today’s game against the winless Oakland Raiders is as ugly as the Carolina game last week.


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