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Seahawks-Bears matchup of the day: Tuesday

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By Dan Parr

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Sunday's Week Six game between the Seahawks and Bears.

Bears DEs Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije vs. Seahawks OLT Russell Okung and ORT Sean Locklear

Injuries have been an issue for both of Seattle's top offensive tackles, but OLT Russell Okung (ankle) and ORT Sean Locklear (knee) are expected to be available vs. the Bears on Sunday. QB Matt Hasselbeck could be under pressure frequently, however, regardless of their health situation.

Julius Peppers will draw double-teams and will help set up one-on-one matchups for Israel Idonije, who made the most of those situations in Week Five vs. the Panthers, recording a career-high three sacks.

Okung has great potential, which is why he was selected with the sixth overall pick in this year's draft, but he missed the first week of training camp while negotiations on his contract continued, played sparingly in the preseason because of an ankle sprain and had to leave his first regular-season game in the second quarter in Week Four because of soreness in the ankle.

Peppers could exploit his lack of experience, or he could go after Locklear, who was held out of practice on Monday because of a sore knee.

Hasselbeck was sacked seven times in the two games before Seattle's Week Five bye, and he could struggle to establish much of a rhythm with Peppers bearing down on him Sunday.

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