RENTON Richard Sherman missed his second consecutive practice on Thursday with a hamstring injury that’s new since last weekend’s opener.
But defensive coordinator Kris Richard made it sound like there’s a better chance Sherman will start rooting for Cal than it is the Stanford man and three-time All-Pro cornerback will miss a game for the first time in his seven-year career Sunday when the Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers in their home opener.
"Just being cautious with him," defensive coordinator Kris Richard said following Thursday’s practice.
"He’s preparing as if he…will be available."
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Sherman played all 82 snaps on defense in the loss to the Packers. He has never missed a game over 107 regular-season and playoff contests in his career.
I asked the defense’s head man how different it is to even consider the possibility Sherman won’t play against the 49ers, given it’s never happened here.
Richard flashed a grin as big as Lake Washington off the practice field is wide.
"I’m not even considering it," Richard said. "Because it’s never happened here."
Here is the rest of the Seahawks’ practice report from Thursday:
A day after being limited by a newly listed concussion, rookie cornerback Shaquill Griffin was a full participant in practice.
Richard remains impressed with his third-round pick.
"Yeah, no question. I think that’s the awesome part about Shaq is that there hasn’t been a moment that’s been too big for him yet," Richard said. "If he’s doing it now and he’s just a puppy, imagine what he’s going to be like when he’s a big dog.
"He’s proven himself to have tremendous value for what I think is just an awesome maturity level, a confidence and a poise. Those have been the things that I think we’ve talked about consistently with him is that there isn’t a moment too big because he believes in who he is, and he believes in what we do."
After sitting out Wednesday’s practice, Pro Bowl weak-side linebacker K.J. Wright (ankle) practiced on a limited basis.
Terence Garvin (shoulder) missed a second consecutive practice. The veteran he replaced as starting strong-side linebacker last week, former 49ers starter Michael Wilhoite (calf), returned to practice for the first time in weeks, also limited.
Here’s the story of Thomas Rawls’ imminent return this week.
EXTRA POINT: The forecast for Sunday’s home opener is calling for the first cool, fully rainy day around here in months: rain beginning after kickoff and temperatures in the low 60s.