Contrary to what we were led to believe earlier in the week, OG Chester Pitts will not play at Chicago on Sunday.
The veteran's knee is still "still not there," according to what Pete Carroll said Friday. Pitts has been back and forth in practice this week, as his knee has been bothersome one day, and fine the next. Make no mistake, microfracture surgeries are serious (just ask Walter Jones) and this is a situation the coaching staff is handling carefully.
In place of Pitts, Ben Hamilton will get the start, with Mike Gibson backing him up. With Rusell Okung getting more time to prepare for his matchup against the Bears' Julius Peppers, your Week 6 Seahawks offensive line will look like this:
Finally, a healthy, solid offensive line, complete with a re-energized power back in Marshawn Lynch to create holes for. But the Bears run defense is no joke this year, and Soldier Field is a tough place to win. In the Hawks' last visit to the stadium in the 2007 playoffs, they lost by an overtime field goal from Robbie Gould. A victory there would've sent to the team to another NFC Championship game, and in many ways, the window for the Holmgren era closed after that game.
But both the Bears and Seahawks look very different than they did three years ago, and tomorrow's game has the makings of a defensive showdown written all over it.