Originally published Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Three Seahawks starters doubtful for Sunday's game

Injured center Max Unger and tight end Zach Miller haven't practiced this week, and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson remains hobbled.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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RENTON — Center Max Unger is no longer wearing a plastic protective boot like he was last week.

The Seahawks' starting center isn't on the practice field, either, making him one of three starters whose status is in doubt as Seattle prepares to play at Cleveland on Sunday.

Tight end Zach Miller also has not practiced this week, and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson remains limited by a strained pectoral muscle that has backup Charlie Whitehurst preparing to start against the Browns.

So while the Week 6 bye helped Seattle players heal, it doesn't mean the Seahawks are completely healthy.

Unger has been out with an injured foot. He was on crutches a week ago, but is walking and hasn't been ruled out for the game. Lemuel Jeanpierre has practiced at center in his place. Guard John Moffitt also had some repetitions at center during the Seahawks' bye week.

Miller's injury to his neck and head occurred during the Oct. 9 game at New York when he was hit by Giants safety Kenny Phillips on a pass overthrown by Jackson. Anthony McCoy is the only other tight end on the Seahawks' 53-man roster, though John Nalbone could be promoted from the practice squad or Cameron Morrah activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list in time for Sunday's game.

Jackson still has not been ruled out, though the Seahawks are preparing Whitehurst to start.

"You definitely like to have practice reps," Whitehurst said. "So that's good. Like I said, we'll see what happens and be ready when called."

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