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Fearless Prediction: Seahawks (5-7) at Texans (5-7)
Game SnapshotKICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV: FOX (Ron Pitts, John Lynch)
KEYS TO THE GAME: Texans QB Matt Schaub will wear a harness to protect his injured left shoulder, but Houston can't afford to dial back its pass-first approach. Not with the secondary being Seattle's biggest defensive weakness and the Texans again staring at a pedestrian ground game led by RBs Chris Brown and Ryan Moats. The Seahawks will work early against a Houston run defense allowing 4.6 yards per carry. Seattle's offensive line struggles in pass protection and QB Matt Hasselbeck will have trouble stretching the field if RBs Julius Jones and Justin Forsett aren't effective. FAST FACTS: Hasselbeck needs 576 passing yards to pass Dave Krieg 26,132 as the franchise's all-time leader. ... The Texans' past three home games have been decided by a total of 14 points.
- QB Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder) returned to practice as a full participant on Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice, and is expected to play on Sunday.
- DT Cory Redding (concussion) was a full participant in practice and should be ready to play against Houston after missing last week's game against San Francisco.
- C Chris Spencer (thumb) continues to snap left handed because of an injury to his right thumb, but he was a full participant again on Thursday and should play on Sunday.
- LB D.D. Lewis (knee) was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and is hopeful to play on Sunday.
- OLB Brian Cushing continues to lead NFL rookies with 102 tackles. That's good enough to tie for fifth in the league. Cushing also leads the Texans with three interceptions.
- DE Connor Barwin, a second-round pick who comes off the bench and plays the right side in passing situations, has 2.5 sacks, more than any rookie defensive lineman in the league.
- FS Dominique Barber has returned to the lineup. John Busing replaced starter Eugene Wilson when he was lost for the season. Busing was terrible in the first half of Sunday's 23-18 loss to Jacksonville. Barber replaced him in the second half and played well.
- RB Arian Foster, the undrafted rookie who has played special teams since being promoted from the practice squad, will play running back for the first time when the Texans host Seattle. When coach Gary Kubiak said this week that Foster would get some carries, he wasn't giving lip service. How many carries depends not only on how well he runs but how well he blocks.
- DT Jeff Zgonina, 39, never misses a practice. When the coaches give veterans the second of two-a-day practices off, he refuses and continues to practice. This week, coach Gary Kubiak made Zgonina take off Wednesday just to rest. Zgonina argued but couldn't get his coach to change his mind. He was back on the practice field Thursday.