If Britt sits, it will be OL combo No. 8 — not like it matters to the Hawks

Seahawks bandagesIt was almost inevitable.

Just when you thought the Seahawks’ offensive line had done its best Humpty Dumpty routine and been put back together again, it appears the Hawks could end up using their eighth starting combination of the season Sunday against Green Bay.

Rookie right tackle Justin Britt, who had started every game alongside right guard J.R. Sweezy while the left three positions juggled around all season, will be a game-time call Sunday due to a knee injury suffered against Carolina last week.

If Britt can’t play, sixth man Alvin Bailey would make his sixth start of the season — at his third position. He started two at left tackle for Russell Okung and three at left guard for James Carpenter, and he also stepped in briefly for Sweezy in one game.

If the Hawks do go with their eighth lineup, they will hardly blink. After all, they have been doing it all season.

Besides, Bailey generally has fared well. He has five penalties, but he has allowed only one sack.

Starting between Okung and center Max Unger in Week 10 and 11, he helped spearhead the line’s best two-game stretch of the season; the Hawks ran for 350 yards and the Giants and 204 against Kansas City, and the line gave up just four sacks in those games and committed only one penalty.

In Week 16 vs. Arizona, Bailey started at left tackle, and the Hawks ran for 267 yards and gave up just one sack.

Britt has had a rough rookie season, committing eight penalties (four of them false starts) and giving up 7.5 sacks. If he can’t play, the Hawks should be OK anyway.


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