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PFT: Seahawks Likely to Start Charlie Whitehurst Against Bengals On Sunday

According to Pro Football Talk, the Seattle Seahawks are likely to start quarterback Charlie Whitehurst against the Cincinnati Bengals and their second-ranked defense on Sunday even though starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson returned to practice and participated fully with the team on Friday (the injury/practice report will be up soon).

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said on KIRO TV in Seattle that who will start at quarterback for his team will be a game-time decision but according to PFT, it seemed as though he was leaning towards starting Whitehurst.

Carroll noted that Whitehurst has never been able to start two games in a row, and that he’s getting prepared to start. Whitehurst has received most of the reps in practice this week.

Whitehurst has never played against the Bengals in his three-year career but in the two games he's played so far this season he's completed 23 of 49 passes for 246 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a 60.4 passer rating. He played in New York against the Giants (No. 18 ranked passing defense) where they won and in Cleveland against the Browns (No. 1 passing defense) where the Seahawks lost.

The Bengals have the No. 5 ranked pass defense in the league and if Whitehurst starts, they should give him a run for his money.