Monday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

The left side of the offensive line. Mike Gibson will start at guard in Sunday’s regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field, coach Pete Carroll said after a rain-soaked 85-minute practice.

At tackle will be …

Not Russell Okung, the team’s top draft choice. He won’t be ready to play this week because of the sprained ankle that has sidelined him since the first series of the second preseason game. Chester Pitts was lined up at left tackle with the No. 1 line in practice, but Tyler Polumbus also is in the mix.

“We’re going to see how those guys work through the week. We have to wait and see a little bit here,” Carroll said. “We had kind of set our sights on Chester. He’s been in the system longer.

“But they’ll compete during the week and we’ll figure out what it looks like. I’m anxious to go watch the film right now and see how they looked in practice.”

Pitts was signed in late July, but just returned to practice last week after completing his rehab from microfracture knee surgery that ended his 2009 season while playing with the Houston Texans. Today’s practice was his longest stint on the practice field since before he was injured. Polumbus was acquired last week in a trade with the Detroit Lions, but he started eight games last year for the Denver Broncos.

The rest of the No. 1 line was unchanged: Chris Spencer at center, Max Unger at right guard and Sean Locklear at right tackle.

POSITION WATCH

Running back. Justin Forsett will start against the 49ers after leading the club with 81 rushing yards during the preseason and averaging 5.4 yards per carry last season.

“He may not even carry the ball more than the other guys,” Carroll said. “But that’s just the guy who is going out first. This is a competition that’s still open. This is not set in stone. Somebody’s got to go out first and I want Justin to go first.”

NUMBER, PLEASE

Running back Michael Robinson is wearing No. 26, which belonged to cornerback Josh Wilson before he was traded to the Ravens last week. Defensive tackle Junior Siavii is wearing the number (94) of the player he was signed to replace, Kevin Vickerson. Defensive end Raheem Brock is wearing No. 98, which was worn by defensive end Nick Reed until he was waived with an injury settlement on Saturday.

Other new players are their numbers: Defensive back Nate Ness, 30; guard Evan Dietrich-Smith, 62; and Andrews, 77.

Pitts has switched to No. 69, which became available Sunday when offensive lineman Steve Vallos was released. Pitts had been wearing No. 72.

Mike Williams has switched to No. 17, after wearing No. 1 all spring and summer, because wide receivers are not allowed to wear single-digit numbers in regular-season games.

UP NEXT

The players are off Tuesday, but return Wednesday to continue preparing for the opener. The coaches will spend Tuesday working on the game plan for the 49ers.

YOU DON’T SAY

“Well, he doesn’t fit in many places. He’s an enormous guy.” – Carroll, when asked where the 6-foot-7, 340-pound Andrews fits. When the laughter subsided, Carroll said Andrews would start out at right tackle but that he also can play guard


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