Depth a question for receivers for Seattle; DBs Marcus Trufant and Kam Chancellor both questionable
RENTON — Nine different players caught passes for the Seahawks last Sunday. Seven finished with three or more receptions.
Seattle is going to need every bit of that receiving depth in New York on Sunday with starting wide receiver Mike Williams out because of a concussion, tight end Zach Miller coming back from a sore knee and rookie Kris Durham slowed by a hamstring injury.
Williams suffered the head injury during last Sunday’s game while blocking on Marshawn Lynch’s third-quarter touchdown run. William did not practice this week, and Carroll said Friday he hasn’t recovered enough to play Sunday at New York.
“He’s not going to make it,” Carroll said.
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That makes receiver Ben Obomanu the starting split end with Golden Tate also likely to get more opportunities.
“Our guys have been rotating through and playing,” Carroll said. “They’re pretty much interchangeable … We don’t feel like we’re missing a beat here as far as what we’re able to call and all that.”
Williams led Seattle with 65 receptions last year, but he had totaled only five catches in the first three games, leading to concern about his involvement in the offense with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. Williams caught three passes against the Falcons on Sunday, including a 6-yard touchdown.
Durham, a fourth-round pick who has been active only once in the first four games, is questionable for the game. He did not practice Friday because of a sore hamstring.
Sidney Rice will start at the other receiver spot, while Doug Baldwin is the team’s slot receiver. Seattle also expects to have Miller available. He practiced Thursday and again Friday after sitting out Wednesday because of a sore knee. Anthony McCoy is the only other tight end on the roster.
Cornerback Marcus Trufant did not practice Friday, missing his second consecutive day because of what Carroll described as back spasms.
“It happened in the game, and it didn’t really tighten up until Wednesday after practice,” Carroll said. “So we’ll see.”
A back injury kept Trufant out the first six games of 2009, and he experienced back spasms that affected him last season. Carroll said it appeared Trufant would be available for the game, but he was listed as questionable, which according to the NFL equates to a 50 percent chance he is available for normal duty.
Strong safety Kam Chancellor is also questionable, though Carroll sounded much more certain of his availability. Chancellor missed last week’s game because of a thigh bruise, but returned to practice Thursday.
• LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and CB Byron Maxwell (ankle) are not expected to play.
• The Giants are also likely to be without three starters. C David Baas is out with a neck injury and likely to be replaced by Kevin Boothe. Justin Tuck — one of the league’s top defensive linemen — is doubtful because of a neck injury that he first suffered in August, and RB Brandon Jacobs is also doubtful because of a sprained knee.
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