RENTON — The Seahawks already know they will be without starting left tackle Russell Okung for at least seven more games.
Now the question is whether they might also be without starting right tackle Breno Giacomini when the Seahawks play Sunday in Houston against the Texans.
Giacomini sat out practice Wednesday with a sore knee, an issue that also bothered him during Seattle’s 45-17 win over Jacksonville on Sunday.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Giacomini “got nicked a little bit” against the Jaguars and that “he’s got some more information to get in to see where he is” before the team will know if Giacomini can practice or play this week.
Paul McQuistan has moved from guard to left tackle to replace Okung. If Giacomini can’t play, the Seahawks would likely go with rookie Michael Bowie at right tackle.
Bowie, who made the team as an undrafted rookie free agent, saw his first playing time against the Jaguars, as did fellow rookie tackle Alvin Bailey, a seventh-round pick.
Offensive line coach Tom Cable said he is confident in the ability of either to step in if needed.
“I’m really excited about their future, our future,” Cable said. “I thought both of those kids went in there and knocked people off the ball, protected really well. They got comfortable really quick.”
Center Max Unger also sat out practice Wednesday with an arm injury suffered against the Jaguars. But Carroll said before practice that it was expected a few players would sit out Wednesday and then return Thursday.
Carroll hopeful on Bryant, Kearse
Carroll said he thought defensive end Red Bryant, who was sidelined late in Sunday’s game against Jacksonville with back spasms, will be able to play.
Carroll also said the Seahawks have “our fingers crossed” that receiver Jermaine Kearse will be able to play after suffering a sprained ankle against the Jaguars and that he is “making a quick recovery.”
DT Jordan Hill, who has yet to play while dealing with a biceps injury, was limited in practice Wednesday, and Carroll said it’s too soon to know if he will play.