After missing a game with a bruised lung, LT Russell Okung was cleared Friday to play Sunday in the regular-season finale at home against the St. Louis Rams Sunday (1:25 p.m., FOX), coach Pete Carroll said after practice.
After taking off Thursday, the Seahawks’ injury news wasn’t all good. WR Jermaine Kearse, who strained a hamstring against Arizona during kickoff coverage in Sunday’s 35-6 win over Arizona, won’t play. And C Max Unger (sprained ankle), although he practiced Friday, remained uncertain as to whether he can play for the first time in six weeks.
CB Tharold Simon (elbow) and TEs Cooper Helfet (ribs) and Tony Moeaki (shoulder) practiced and may play, Carroll said.
Unger’s return would be helpful in keeping the Rams’ heavy pass rush off QB Russell Wilson. At receiver, rookie Paul Richardson figures to get more time.
In NFL news, Arizona QB Drew Stanton had arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee this week and is out Sunday, and perhaps for the playoffs. His absence against Seattle the past Sunday hurt the Cardinals, who will start Ryan Lindley again after coach Bruce Arians began the week by saying they would give rookie Logan Thomas a shot at it.
The Cardinals have the same 11-4 record as Seattle, but lost both games to Seattle, which can win the NFC West title again by beating the Rams (or if the Cardinals lose to the 49ers). That would give the Seahawks, who are as much as 13-point favorites, a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Cardinals are assured of the playoffs and could meet Seattle again, depending on how the seedings shake out Sunday.
For a look at Wilson’s dance-floor moves, here’s a home video of his styling with his grandmother, Carolyn.