Zach Miller, Max Unger will play Sunday

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller returned to practice Friday and will start Sunday against the New York Giants, as will center Max Unger.

“Zach got work [Friday], and all the guys that we were sort of taking care of made it back,” said Seattle coach Pete Carroll. “They’re good.”

Miller did not practice earlier in the week because of bruised ribs. Unger returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday after suffering a strained pectoral muscle in the San Francisco game.

Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel wasn’t at practice Friday because he was sick, but he is expected to play Sunday.

Receiver Percy Harvin did not practice this week and will not play.

“It’s looking like it’s going to be a bit before we get it right,” Carroll said of Harvin. “He’s doing a ton of stuff to get it back but hasn’t turned the corner. We’ll keep doing whatever it takes to get him back.”

Harvin made his season debut against Minnesota on Nov. 17 but aggravated his surgically repaired hip and hasn’t played since. Carroll was asked Friday if Harvin still is vulnerable to injuring or aggravating his hip.

“If they [doctors and trainers] aren’t releasing him to get back out there, that means he’s vulnerable,” Carroll said. “We’re going to make sure we take our time, and we still have a number of games left. If we can get him there, we’ll take it when it comes.”

Cornerback Brandon Browner remains out with a groin injury while he awaits news on his appeal for a substance-abuse violation. Cornerback Walter Thurmond has two games remaining on his suspension for a substance-abuse violation.

Malcolm Smith will start Sunday at outside linebacker for K.J. Wright, who had surgery Wednesday to repair a foot fracture and is out for the season.