There's a lot going on this morning so let's get to it.
First off, Sean Locklear did not practice today and was wearing a brace on his left leg. Ray Willis worked at right tackle with Locklear out.
Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren said he's hopeful that Locklear will return for the regular-season opener game, but that it will be close.
Holmgren said Locklear has a sprained ligament.Holmgren said it's not the ACL and Locklear will not need surgery, just rest.
Center Chris Spencer was back at practice today, but in a limited capacity. Spencer went through individual work but didn't take any snaps during team drills. However, Spencer did work with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in some center exchanges this morning. The team shifted practice here at the VMAC from outside to the indoor facility because of rain threatening.
"That's the beauty of this place because I don't think we could have blown up the bubble that fast," Holmgren said, joking with reporters afterward.
Spencer has been out since the beginning of training camp nursing a back injury, but he said he's hopeful that he'll be ready for the season opener against Buffalo.
"Without getting into a lot of detail I've had a lot of back pain and had a hard time getting out of my stance," Spencer said. "The back is just one of those things where it takes awhile getting back and going with it."
Spencer said he played through pain all of last season with both shoulders banged up. Specifically, Spencer said he suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder before the season started.
Spencer said because of the injury he had to snap with his right hand and then initiate contact with his right shoulder because of the injury to his left shoulder.
"I don't feel that I'm that far behind because I've been in the film room watching what he's teaching these guys," Spencer said about working his way back into the lineup. "The film studying is really helping out a lot. So it's just all about knocking off the rust right now and getting going. I don't think it's going to take me long at all."
Spencer said some changes in treatments to his back helped relieve the pain enough to get back on the field Monday morning.
"When you're back goes down kind of a lot of things start shutting down on you," Spencer said. "So I kind of got in there and starting doing some different core stuff that kind of got me stronger."
Steve Vallos is still the guy in practice, but obviously the team would like to have Spencer healthy and available when the season starts.
Jordan Babineaux also returned to practice today and looked OK going through drills. Seneca Wallace did not throw during individual and team drills, and is apparently suffering from a groin injury. That's also why Wallace did not play on Saturday, Holmgren said.
Holmgren was not happy with practice this morning, saying the team looked disinterested and lacked focus.
And after reviewing Saturday's game tape he was even more unhappy with the team's performance.
"I feel worse than I did right after the game," Holmgren said. "We played a horribly sloppy game. Horribly sloppy. You gain 500 yards and the other team gained 200 yards and you're in an overtime game? How does that compute?
"Well, it computes because you had six turnovers, 12 penalties and couple blocked punts. I mean it's horrible and I won't stand for it – coaches and players."
Hasselbeck practiced and looked good today, although he was rubbing his back at times during practice. Both Holmgren and Hasselbeck said they do not know how much he'll play on Monday in San Diego.
Others who look good today include receiver Nate Burleson, who continues to catch everything and looks good running routes.
Logan Payne also played well, catching a couple deep balls, and Courtney Taylor had a nice grab in the end zone where he elevated over cornerback Kelly Jennings for the score.
The Seahawks have an hour-long special teams practice this afternoon.