It appears as if Courtney Taylor has lost his starting job at flanker to newly acquired Keary Colbert after Taylor struggled through his first two games. Taylor still is going to see playing time but not as prominently as he once did.
One player who may not see playing time is Koren Robinson, who did not do a great deal in practice and still is hampered by his sore knee. Mike Holmgren said Robinson is going to be a "Sunday decision" to determine exactly what his role in the game will be.
There also is a good chance that Sean Locklear plays, though that is another "Sunday decision." Locklear has looked pretty good in practice all week and has done increasingly more each day, getting time back at right tackle today because Walter Jones was back, as was Rocky Bernard and Kelly Jennings. Holmgren said he feels preliminarily that Locklear will play.
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Locklear said that he is not limited physically, and it feels good to be back out on the field after a four-week break, but he said they have not told him exactly how much if any time he will get against the Rams.
Holmgren said that he thought Matt Hasselbeck looked pretty good in practice all week and has developed some chemistry with his rotating corps of receivers. Holmgren was not happy about the red zone offense today, but otherwise he said he thought they had practiced well all week.
Holmgren also could not have been happy about the number of drops in practice. Owen Schmitt had one, then gave the lake an earful. The folks on the other side may have heard it. Michael Bumpus had a drop, John Carlson had a drop and Deion Branch had a drop, after which he fell to the turf and lay there. You could almost feel everybody gasp, wondering if his knee was OK, but he popped up and ran back to the huddle.
Carlson also made an incredible catch. The ball was thrown wide and low, and Carlson adjusted his body and grabbed the pass one-handed as he fell to the ground. He earned many hoots from his teammates.
Patrick Kerney was wearing a cast on his right wrist; Holmgren said he sprained it. "We lead the league in casts," Holmgren said. Trufant and Lofa still are wearing theirs.