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Seahawks designate Phil Haynes for return to practice

The Seahawks could get their starting right guard back for Week 18.

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When the Seattle Seahawks activated right tackle Abraham Lucas off of injured reserve and to the active roster, they placed starting right guard Phil Haynes on IR with a toe injury. Now that Lucas is potentially out for Sunday’s regular season finale against the Arizona Cardinals, Haynes could be set for a return to the lineup.

The Seahawks designated Haynes for a return to practice on Wednesday, having missed the last five games. Rookie Anthony Bradford has started in Haynes’ absence.

Haynes can practice without counting against the active roster, but if he’s to play in Week 18 then a roster move must be made in order to get him on the team before gameday. Guard/tackle Jason Peters is out with plantar fascia, so he’s not available to rotate snaps with Stone Forsythe or whomever is likely to replace Lucas this weekend.

At right guard, Haynes has allowed 8 pressures and 3 sacks in seven games played. Bradford has allowed 16 pressures and a sack while Haynes has been on IR. It’s not saying much, but Haynes is a clear upgrade in pass protection over Bradford right now, and if he is healthy and ready to play, don’t be surprised if he’s reinserted into the starting lineup pronto.