Seahawks not pressing injured Tarvaris Jackson in practice
Jackson missed last week's game because of a strained pectoral muscle. He has been limited in practice.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — Coach Pete Carroll isn't ready to let Tarvaris Jackson throw caution to the wind. In fact, he's not ready to let his starting quarterback throw much of anything at all until later this week at the earliest.
"We have to really take it easy on him throwing," Carroll said. "We just need to steal as much time as we can before we extend him, so that's how we'll go about it."
Jackson missed last week's game because of a strained pectoral. He worked with the first-team offense during its walk-through rehearsal on Wednesday morning, but when the team took the field for practice, he was limited while backup Charlie Whitehurst took most of the throws.
Jackson's familiarity with the Seahawks' offense makes his practice repetitions less important, but his availability is going to come down to his judgment of his physical condition later this week.
"The injury is something that there's really not a lot of background on," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said of Jackson's status. "We have to go by how he can feel and how he feels like he can perform. There's a certain level that you have to be able to meet, obviously, so he'll have to tell us how close he is to that."
Jackson is one of four offensive starters the Seahawks were missing in last week's game at Cleveland. Center Max Unger (foot), tight end Zach Miller (concussion) and running back Marshawn Lynch (back) were all limited in practice Wednesday, a sign all three could potentially be available this week.
Lynch missed the game after suffering back spasms during warm-ups, but Carroll said he was optimistic Lynch wouldn't miss a second consecutive game.
"I think he's going to be fine for this game," Carroll said. "He feels much better already this week than he did last week at any time."
Lineman Polumbus released
The Seahawks released offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus, who started seven games for Seattle last season.
Seattle had been carrying 10 offensive linemen, and his release clears a roster spot the Seahawks may need to deepen their secondary after the season-ending injury to Walter Thurmond.
Cornerback Roy Lewis is eligible to be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
Bengals personnel notes
Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga wore a protective boot on his left ankle Wednesday, an indication he'll be sidelined for a second straight game. He severely sprained the ankle during practice on Oct. 13 and had a cast on the ankle heading into the team's bye week. Outside linebacker Thomas Howard also sat out Wednesday's practice because of a hamstring injury.
Bernard Scott is expected to take over at running back for suspended starter Cedric Benson. It'll be Scott's first featured appearance since he started two games as a rookie in 2009.
Associated Press material was included in this article.