by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - C Max Unger returned to full participation in practice on Friday and is expected to play against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Unger had been held out of practice during the week with a hip injury suffered against the Carolina Panthers last week. He was back at practice Friday and is listed as probable.
"Max is ready to go. He's fine," head coach Pete Carroll said.
It's an important piece for Seattle going against the Patriots. Unger will be primarily responsible for blocking the Patriots mammoth DT Vince Wilfork. If Unger wasn't able to go, that responsibility would fall to backup C Lemuel Jeanpierre.
Carroll ruled out DT Jaye Howard, who has missed the last two weeks with a foot injury suffered in practice. DT Clinton McDonald likely will not be available either. He is listed as doubtful after suffering a groin injury against the Panthers. He did not practice at all this week.
For the Patriots, everyone remains questionable. Okay, I'm being a little sarcastic with that one, but New England has 14 players listed as questionable for Sunday's game.
S Steve Gregory (hip) and LB Tracy White (foot) are out for the Patriots. DT Kyle Love (knee) is probable and the other 14 players are all questionable. The "most" questionable of the group is TE Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez suffered a high-ankle sprain in the Patriots week two loss to Arizona.
He did not practice on Friday and is listed as questionable, although he is reportedly on the flight to Seattle with the team. He has not played since suffering the injury.
New England Patriots
S Steve Gregory (hip) - DNP
LB Tracy White (foot) - DNP
RB Brandon Bolden (knee) - Limited
DE Brandon Deaderick (ankle) - Limited
DT Justin Francis (ankle) - Limited
TE Rob Gronkowski (hip) - Limited
TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) - DNP
LB Donta Hightower (hamstring) - Limited
G Logan Mankins (calf/hip) - Limited
C Nick McDonald (shoulder) - Limited
CB Sterling Moore (knee) - Limited
RB Shane Vereen (foot) - Limited
T Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee) - Limited
WR Wes Welker (ankle) - Limited
WR Julian Edelman (hand) - Limited
DT Kyle Love (knee) - Full
G John Moffitt (knee) - DNP
DT Jaye Howard (foot) - DNP
DT Clinton McDonald (groin) - DNP
C Max Unger (hip) - Full
RB Marshawn Lynch (back) - Full