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By Dan Arkush

It would appear Max Unger is no longer under the radar.

“He’s taken control of the offensive line,” one team insider said of the starting center on Sports Illustrated pro football maven Peter King’s All-Midseason Team — an honor many close to the team believe could be a stepping-stone to a Pro Bowl berth in the coming weeks.  “Not only is he the offensive captain, but he regularly meets with (starting rookie QB) Russell Wilson on Thursday and Friday each week to discuss different progressions, which Russell says has been really helpful.”

Compared to the rest of Seattle’s O-line, Unger also has been really durable the past two seasons.

Admittedly concerned about his perception after sitting out practically the entire 2010 season with a toe injury, Unger, who played right guard as a rookie, missed only one game last season with a foot injury and has been a rock-solid anchor on the O-line in every game so far this season.

If there were any questions about Unger's toughness, they were answered by what looked like his outright disgust after being temporarily removed from the Week Nine victory over the Vikings for X-rays on the middle finger of his right hand, which had been grossly bent out of proportion.

“He’s just so steady. He’s really smart, and he never gets flustered,” the observer said of Unger, who received a five-year, $25.5 million contract this past summer that moved him into the high-rent district among NFL centers.

“When (assistant head coach/offensive line) Tom Cable arrived, one of the first things he decided was that he wanted Unger to be his center after being impressed with him in that role at Oregon. Right away, he said, ‘he’s my guy.’ ”

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