First off, let me set some expectations about the reports from practice. During training camp, they were detailed and robust, full of specifics from practice about which players are playing which positions, routes the receivers are running, who looked good, who looked bad, some different formations, etc.
Now that preseason is over and the regular season is upon us, such detailed reports are no longer possible. The Seahawks do not want whichever opponent they are playing to scout the blogs and newspaper stories to find out whether Seneca Wallace is working out as a receiver or kick returner or whatever else they might be looking for. This is not my choice, this is an edict from the team that we respect for the tradeoff of being able to watch practice and have a better sense of what is happening. Hopefully, as Seahawks fans, you understand that.
On to practice: It was a 53-minute long light workout, and Hasselbeck was back. Lofa Tatupu, Deion Branch, Walter Jones and Sean Locklear did not participate. Injury reports are not due out until Wednesday.
Hasselbeck did not look very crisp, which he admitted after practice, but said he would get it back by the time the Buffalo game rolls around. He swore that he was 100 percent. He said he hurt the back in practice on the day before the Minnesota preseason game and it just kept spasming. He said all along that if it was the regular season he would have played. He kind of downplays the fact that he has no cohesion with the receivers because he hasn't been around, which I'm not sure I buy. Here is the quote: "They've been with us. They know how we do things. We've seen how they play. Even though we haven't necessarily had a lot of work together, I don't think it's going to be a big deal." He said he has gotten to know the personnel he will be throwing to by studying film and taking "mental reps."
Olindo Mare will be kicking against Buffalo. It seems that Mare separated himself because of his distance on kickoffs. Mare in fact said he had perhaps the best training camp and preseason of his career.
Defensive coordinator John Marshall said Craig Terrill will replace Rocky Bernard at tackle and Josh Wilson will replace Jordan Babineaux as the team's nickel back. He said Red Bryant will get more time in the rotation. Marshall said he thought he looked good on Friday, but he said he just needs time. He said his injury was a pretty big setback but he should be able to make up the time provided he gets time playing.
Terrill was pretty matter-of-fact about starting, saying he is going to do what he does anyway. Wilson pointed out that because Babineaux has been hurt, he has been playing the nickel back anyway so it is just more of the same.
There were a few number changes: Jeff Robinson is now No. 49. David Hawthorne is now No. 59, taking Baraka Atkins' old number. Atkins is No. 91, which Chris Cooper was wearing before he was placed on IR.
Will Herring was running the berm. By the way, he is officially listed as reserve/non-football injury, but he still has to miss six games and then can come back. Because of his injury and absence, I wouldn't be surprised to see the team acquire another linebacker, whether on the practice squad or the active roster. They currently don't have another one even on the practice squad.
A bunch of the players were playing bocce ball in the locker room. Not sure who was winning.
The portable lockers for the rookies have been removed and everybody has a big-boy locker now. Even Josh Wilson.