We now have confirmation that one of the Seattle Seahawks listed as questionable or doubtful for Sunday's NFL opener will miss the game. The player: Robert Gallery. The left tackle has been slowed down by a knee injury and head coach Pete Carroll announced Friday to 93.7 KIRO FM.
Gallery, one of the Seahawks' biggest free-agent acquisitions this offseason, didn't practice this week after spraining his right knee in the final preseason game against the Raiders last weekend.
Gallery's uncertain status had forced rookie right tackle James Carpenter to practice this week at left guard. Breno Giacomini was taking reps in Carpenter's place at right tackle. Carroll said left tackle Russell Okung will play after missing most of the preseason with an ankle sprain.
No exact timetable has been set for Gallery's return, though one would expect the guard to return in the next week or two assuming he does not re-injure his knee in practice. For a team that has struggled to protect its quarterback and have a solid run game the last few seasons, a healthy offensive line has to be an appealing though to the coaching staff, the players, and the fans.
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