Made it over to the Edward Jones Dome, where the inactives were waiting at my seat. TE Jerramy Stevens is among the Seahawks' inactive players today. The others are RB Shaun Alexander, DE Joe Tafoya, RT Ray Willis, LG Floyd Womack, WR Bobby Engram and DT Craig Terrill. The Seahawks did not list Stevens on their injury report all week. Coach Mike Holmgren predicted 25-30 snaps for Stevens in this game. So it's a surprise to see Stevens on the list of inactive players, although Stevens did mention Friday that the knee felt a little weaker (which I read to mean "tired" from the week of practice, not something that would keep him out of the game). We alluded to Terrill's situation in our pregame audio. DT Russell Davis played well against Chicago, and DT Marcus Tubbs is back from surgery.
JERRAMY STEVENS COMMENTS FROM MONDAY, as transcribed by the team:
(On the meniscus related injury…) "The meniscus is the cartilage between your knee and your tibia. It's your shock absorber, and that's why it has taken me so long to build it back up, let it heal so it doesn't hurt every time I take a step. The good thing is it's on the mend and I'm starting to feel good again. Running around feels good. It's exciting."
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(On preparing for game day action…) "It's been since February since I played football, knocking the rust off, being out there with the guys, getting in the flow of the snap count, the huddle, all of that stuff, getting back in the groove is going to be the biggest thing."
(On playing at training camp…) "I was really only out there for three days before I reinjured it, so it wasn't like I had a whole lot of time to knock some rust off. It added to a longer situation as is."
(On returning too early at training camp…) "We had a good plan coming in, and I don't think I came back to soon. I wasn't in a contact drill when I got hit, that's just football. I got tackled when I was unprepared, and probably wasn't there yet. Some of this stuff happens in football."
(On feeling after reinjuring knee…) "Obviously I was disappointed, but I don't think that I had to recheck mentally. It was kind of the same stuff I had to go through the first time when I found out I was going to have to get surgery. It's the same issues, nothing new, but kind of disappointing because I had to do it again."
(On watching the games…) "It wasn't too hard until we went to Chicago. Obviously I would love to be out there, and I know I can make the team better, but I have to make sure that when I'm out there I'm one hundred percent doing what the team likes me to do. I can't help if I'm not a hundred percent."
(On playing time against Rams…) "We are going day-by-day right now, trying to go through practice, see how it goes, and the next day if I'm not swollen we'll take the next step. We're not looking too far ahead going day-by-day."
(On what offense is missing…) "Obviously we got DB (Deion Branch) so we're in some four-wide sets, and that puts a lot of pressure on our o-line and running backs to pick up the linebackers. We're doing some things we haven't been doing in the last few years. Getting back to what we do best is going to be a big help for everybody's confidence and continuity of the offense."
(On last year's success…) "I don't think it matters too much. Last season is over. We've got to go forward. I feel like my best football is still ahead of me. I have to continue to work hard and take strides forward and not rest on what I did last year thinking that's going to get me through. I'm going out there trying to make plays every time I'm on the field. That's what the team wants me to do."
(On being nervous for first game back…) "We'll see when that Sunday comes. Right now I'm excited to be back with the guys and being back playing football. I'm not nervous. Football is what I've been doing the last fifteen years, so I'm ready."
(On daily routine with trainers…) "I come in, warm up, do ultrasound. It's a bunch of little exercises that get monotonous. It's the same two hours of stuff for the last six months. A lot of it is just letting it heal. That's what a meniscus needs to do is just heal up. Staying off of it was the hardest part."
(On preparing for a game…) "It's way more fun. It gets dull and boring coming in for rehab. You know you've got to do it to get better, but it's fun to be able to joke with the guys."
(On being apprehensive with knee…) "I think that's when injuries happen when you're out there not going a hundred percent or trying to protect yourself. I'm trying to be smart about it. Obviously I'm not going to jump right into nine on seven drills when I haven't had any contact in six months. As far as running and running routes, I'm running hard; when I get around people I'm being smart. I'm not trying to make dangerous cuts or run through people right now."
(On going through the same rehab for the same injury…) "The first time it wasn't too bad, but redoing it. It was disappointing and frustrating to have to do all that same stuff over and over again. Definitely a little bit of groundhog day."
(On this team compared to last year's team…) "I don't think we're playing as well as we did last year, but we have more weapons then we did last year. That means we have a better team. It's a matter of if we can put those things together, and get us all click on the same page. It's going to be real dangerous."
(On assisting the other tight ends to adapt to west coast offense…) "Every time they ask me questions, if I see something I'm going to point it out. Will (Heller) is a year under me, so it's not like I have a whole lot of experience on him. Our offense and our team in general is real good guys, so we're all trying to help each other out, and every place I could I was trying to."