Charlie Whitehurst takes snaps, but Tarvaris Jackson not ruled out for Hawks
Seahawks quarterback situation still up in the air as Tarvaris Jackson still limited by injury.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — Tarvaris Jackson was on the practice field Wednesday, but Charlie Whitehurst was under center with Seattle's first-unit offense.
That serves as a pretty accurate summary of Seattle's plans for this week. The Seahawks are preparing as if Whitehurst will start, but Jackson isn't out of the picture entirely because of the strained pectoral muscle he suffered Oct. 9 in New York.
"We may go all the way to game time to understand whether he'll be available to us," coach Pete Carroll said of Jackson.
Jackson was limited in practice Wednesday, and Carroll indicated that the workload wouldn't include much more than handing the ball off. Jackson has been able to toss the ball in a game of catch, but he hasn't progressed to competitive throws against a defense.
"We're just going to wait as long as we can and see how he progresses," Carroll said.
In the meantime, the Seahawks are preparing Whitehurst for his first start of the season, and expecting he'll pick up where Jackson left off in terms of executing a no-huddle offense.
"I'm anxious to see how he does with this preparation behind him," Carroll said. "I think he's going to handle it very well."
Whitehurst was 1-1 as a starter for the Seahawks last season, and many expected he would be able to compete for the starting spot once the team did not re-sign Matt Hasselbeck. Instead, Jackson was designated the starting quarterback, and now an injury may give Whitehurst his shot at the helm of an offense that he has had a couple of months to learn.
"He's done a great job of picking up everything," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said of Whitehurst. "But there's still some things that he hasn't seen as many times as Tarvaris has."
Seahawks to be tested
Giants quarterback Eli Manning passed for 420 yards against the Seahawks in their last game, and this week Seattle will face a Browns offense that has attempted more passes than any team other than New Orleans.
Colt McCoy threw 61 passes in Cleveland's game against Tennessee two weeks ago and 45 passes in Oakland on Sunday. That's not necessarily by design, though.
"I like to run the football," Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur said. "I believe in it, and I think we've got to do it more. I think those two games, it was more circumstance than philosophy."
Easier said than done, though, especially since running back Peyton Hillis did not practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury. His status will be determined day by day, Shurmur said.
• WR Deon Butler (broken leg), TE Cameron Morrah (toe surgery) and CB Roy Lewis (knee surgery) began practicing Wednesday. All three were on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. The Seahawks will have up to three weeks to decide to activate any or all of the three to the 53-man roster.
• G Robert Gallery (groin), WR Michael Williams (concussion) and LB Malcolm Smith practiced without limitation, indicating they should be ready Sunday.
• C Max Unger (foot) and TE Zach Miller (head/neck) did not practice, but have not been ruled out.
• Seattle waived running back Allen Bradford, who was claimed last Friday from Tampa Bay. The Seahawks added linebacker Heath Farwell.