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Irwin set to go Sunday

Offensive lineman Heath Irwin will return to the field for Sunday night's game with the New York Giants. Head Coach Pete Carroll did not say if Irwin would start, but the guard's knee injury is healthy enough to allow Irwin to play.

"Heath did all right yesterday in practice," Carroll said Friday. "It's pleasing to see him in good shape for this game."

The status of starting right tackle Zefross Moss, who injured his ankle, is still questionable, and Carroll said whether or not Moss plays will be a game time decision. Rookie Kevin Faulk, who also suffered an ankle injury, will likely not be used in the game.

"Zefross practiced a little bit, but we still won't know on him. Kevin wasn't able to do much yesterday so today was his last chance to show something," Carroll said.

The injury to Faulk affects both the running back and kickoff return positions. Veteran Terry Allen was officially announced as the starting running back Friday, and Carroll said he expected Tebucky Jones to handle the return duties. Carroll added that either Lamont Warren or Troy Brown will work with Jones on the kickoffs.

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