Mike Holmgren is still noncommittal about the status of DJ Hackett, though I am still guessing that Hackett will not play. It only makes sense for them to allow him to get an additional week of rest with the bye week coming up, then throwing Hackett and Deion Branch back out there at the same time.
I spoke with Bobby Engram about his thoughts on being so productive as a starter, then knowing that he is going to be go back to a reduced role when Branch and Hackett come back. I will post the entire interview later, but he said it does not bother him. He just wants to take advantage of whatever opportunities he gets. He also said he likes being moved around from flanker to slot during a game because it doesn't allow defenders to get a beat on him and sometimes they lose track of him altogether.
Holmgren said he does not necessarily tailor his game plan knowing that Marc Bulger has two injured ribs. They do the game plan knowing that he is a talent who is capable of hurting them. If they can bang him around early, sure, Holmgren said, that helps, but they do not specifically say he has two hurts ribs so let's go after him.
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Special teams was a point of emphasis this week, and the players need to know that opponents have gotten their hands on far too many kicks (punts and field goals) this season.
A few humorous notes from practice: With Brandon Mebane starting, and a rookie, the veterans now make him bark (either like a seal or a dog, your choice) when he gathers together the huddle. It is pretty funny to watch and listen to him. Also, when rookie Josh Wilson comes in for a play, he has to put his arms out like wings and caw like a bird. I assume he is a Seahawk but who knows. Boys will be boys.