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September 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

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John Moffitt expected to return, start at right guard

RENTON -- Guard John Moffitt is expected to start at right guard Sunday against Dallas after he was inactive for last week's game, continuing to recover from elbow surgery.

Seattle's defensive starting lineup ranked as the sixth-youngest in the league in Week 1.
TeamAverage age
titan-mark-1-cl.gif25 years, 9 days
bucs-mark-1-cl.gif25 years, 286 days
brn-mark1-cl.gif25 years, 326 days
pat-mark-1-cl.gif26 years, 58 days
sai-mark-1-cl.gif26 years, 126 days
Seahawks26 years, 141 days
ram-mark-1-cl.gif26 years, 249 days
chi-mark-1-cl.gif26 years, 287 days
bil-mark-1-cl.gif26 years, 291 days
cow-mark-1-cl.gif27 years, 107 days

Rookie J.R. Sweezy started Week 1 at that spot while Moffitt was inactive.

"The fact that John has a chance to come back, he's ready to play again," Carroll said. "John was starting before he got hurt, and so we'll see how this goes, and we feel like we have two guys that can play. Sweezy has done a remarkable job to get this far.

"And I think he can only continue to improve and get better with every experience. This was really a challenge for him last week. I would expect J.R. to play in this game and be part of it regardless if John starts the game. We're counting on John to start it until he can't, but Sweezy will be ready to play. He has done fine, and we'll just see how it goes from here."

Wide receiver Golden Tate is expected to practice Wednesday, though he will likely be limited according to coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks hope Tate will be available for Sunday's game after sitting out last week with a knee injury suffered in the team's final exhibition game.

"He's had a good recovery," Carroll said. "He's got to make it through the week and show us that he can do all the things we need to do. But he's encouraged, and feels really good, had a great workout yesterday (Tuesday) so he'll get some limited work today (Wednesday) and then we'll step it up tomorrow (Thursday)."

Receiver Charly Martin is out for the game after suffering a bruised lung at the end of Sunday's season-opener, and Seattle did not make a move to add another receiver this week.

Left tackle Russell Okung will not practice Wednesday, and may not be available for practice this week, but the Seahawks are still hoping he can play Sunday after suffering a bruised knee in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game.

"We're going to wait until tomorrow (Thursday) and check him again," Carroll said. "It looks like it's the kind of bruise that he has that he'll be able to get back by the weekend. It might be hard for him to get much work early. So we'll just take it one day at a time. He's planning on playing. We're planning that he'll get back."

In the meantime, veteran Frank Omiyale will work at left tackle.

"At this point, he'll get all the work this week," Carroll said.

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