by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks made it through the week reasonably healthy and head to take on the Chicago Bears on Sunday with all their key players expected to be able to play.
The same can't be said for Chicago.
QB Tarvaris Jackson made it through his second straight week of practice without limitation since suffering a pectoral strain by in October.
G Robert Gallery returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday and Pete Carroll said after practice that he is likely to start Sunday.
CB Kennard Cox, LB Leroy Hill, WR Doug Baldwin, LB David Hawthorne, DE Raheem Brock and CB Richard Sherman all fully participated in Friday's practice and are probable to play as well.
The only question is T Jarriel King, who is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.
This will be the third time Seattle has made the trip to Chicago in the past two seasons. Seattle won a regular season matchup with the Bears last season before having their season end in a playoff loss last January.
"It’s almost like a division kind of matchup in that regard because this is our third time in two years, so we’ll feel OK about it," Carroll said.
"We’d like to invite them to come out here some time too," he joked."
QB Jay Cutler (right thumb) and RB Matt Forte (knee) were officially ruled out by the Bears, making QB Caleb Hanie and RB Marion Barber the starters against Seattle on Sunday.
WR Devin Hester reportedly tweaked his ankle in practice on Thursday and did not practice with the Bears on Friday. He is listed as questionable.
The Bears released WR Sam Hurd on Friday after he was arrested Wednesday on a federal drug charge for alledgedly trying to purchase and distribute large amounts of coccaine and marijuana. Because the move had not yet been made official, he still appears on Chicago's final injury report.
Depite the injuries for the Bears, Seattle still has to worry about DE Julius Peppers and the impact he can have on a game. Last year, T Russell Okung was able to limit the impact Peppers had during their regular season meeting.
With Okung on injured reserve, T Paul McQuistan will have the chore of trying to keep Peppers contained. McQuistan struggled at times in pass protection against the St. Louis Rams on Monday night with rooke DE Robert Quinn running past him to get hits on Jackson.
Carroll knows they may need to help McQuistan to keep Peppers from being a big factor.
"We think he’s a great player that can control the football game, so we have to respect the heck out of him," Carroll said. "That means it’s in the plan in all areas – run and pass, third down and early down stuff. In short yardage situations he’s just a real problem."
QB Jay Cutler (right thumb) - DNP
RB Matt Forte (knee) - DNP
WR Sam Hurd (non-injury) - DNP
DT Henry Mellon (shin) - DNP
WR Devin Hester (ankle) - DNP
CB Charles Tillman (knee) - FP
G Edwin Williams (calf) - FP
S Major Wright (shoulder) - FP
T Jarriel King (hamstring)
CB Kennard Cox (hamstring) - FP
LB Leroy Hill (neck) - FP
QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral) - FP
WR Doug Baldwin (ankle) - FP
LB David Hawthorne (knee) - FP
DE Raheem Brock (calf) - FP
G Robert Gallery (hip) - FP
CB Richard Sherman (knee) - FP