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Seattle Seahawks’ offensive line dealing with multiple injuries

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The Seattle Seahawks could be without three of their five regular starting offensive linemen when they face the Houston Texans Sunday in a clash of 2012 playoff teams.

Neither right tackle Breno Giacomini nor Pro-Bowl center Max Unger practiced Wednesday, and their status for Sunday remains uncertain, via NBC Sports. Giacomini left last week’s game with a sore knee, while Unger is nursing an arm injury. Both are officially listed as doubtful.

Seattle is already without another Pro-Bowler, left tackle Russell Okung, until Week 11 after he sprained his toe September 15 in a win over the San Francisco 49ers. The injury situation has left the entire offensive line in flux, as the Seahawks signed tackle Caylin Hauptmann and guard Jason Spitz earlier this week.

Paul McQuistan, who has received a decent amount of playing time over the past two seasons, appears to have taken over the starting spot left void by Okung. Relatively untested rookie Michael Bowie, a seventh-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State, will probably play if Giacomini is out. The center spot will likely go to Lemuel Jeanpierre, who started five games in 2011.

The Seahawks are entering a bad week to miss the majority of their regular offensive line. Houston had 44 sacks as a team last year, fifth in the NFL, led by reigning Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.

Stopping Watt already figured to be one of the main keys to coming out of Houston with a victory. Now, the challenge looks like it will be even greater. 

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Nathaniel Reeves

Nathaniel Reeves is a journalism student at the University of Washington, currently covering sports for The UW Daily in addition to Sports Out West. He has been closely following Seattle sports his entire life.