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October 15, 2010 at 1:49 PM

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Pete Carroll mum on starting running back; Pitts won't play

Posted by Percy Allen

The Seahawks wrapped up this week's practice at VMAC and will board a bus this afternoon and fly to Chicago for Sunday's game.

Shortly after saying, "we got pretty good health going into this thing," coach Pete Carroll said offensive lineman Chester Pitts (knee) is out, which leaves Ben Hamilton at left guard and Mike Gibson as the backup.

The rest of the starting line remains the same with rookie Russell Okung at left tackle, Chris Spencer at center, Stacy Andrews at right guard and Sean Locklear at right tackle.

"We'll go with the same group that we started the last time," Carroll said. "Russell is in much better shape now conditioning (and) ready to go and hopefully we'll be able to get him out there the whole game. I'm anxious to see these guys play together again and start to feel some continuity and also start to work with Marshawn (Lynch). This is a really important time for us."

In regards to Lynch, Carroll wasn't ready to name him the starter ahead of Justin Forsett, however, the newly-signed running back from Buffalo will make his Seahawks debut Sunday and he'll get plenty of time on the field.

"We're hoping to see Marshawn for the first time in a big way," Carroll said. "We're anxious to add him in to see what type of factor he offers us. ... He's going to play a lot in this game."

Backup defensive end Dexter Davis, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, is also expected to play.

"He made it through the week and he's ready to play," Carroll said. "He will be active and a part of the game plan and we'll call on him for full duty."

Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (calf) did not practice and is listed as questionable.

Cornerback Marcus Trufant (ankle) practiced and is listed as probable.

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