RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks could be missing three starting offensive linemen when they take the field against the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Right tackle Breno Giacomini and center Max Unger are both listed as doubtful to play against the league's second-ranked defense. Coach Pete Carroll said both would be game-time decisions but it looks unlikely either will be able to play.
Carroll emphasized that the Seahawks are trying to be cautious with both Giacomini and Unger and won't push things if they aren't ready to play.
"When (our players) are getting banged up, we're trying to really give them every chance to get back and utilize our depth and if that's what this calls for then we're ready to do that," Carroll said. "We're not going to force guys back out there until they're ready to play."
Unger has a triceps injury suffered last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was checked by trainers on the sideline but remained in the game and didn't miss a snap with the starters. Carroll said they held him out of practice all week in hopes of seeing where he's at during pre-game workouts.
"We're just trying to get through and really protect him and make sure that we're making all the right choices," Carroll said.
Giacomini is dealing with a sore knee that worsened last week against the Jaguars. Giacomini was lifted from the game in the second quarter and replaced by rookie Michael Bowie.
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