All those questions we asked Mike Holmgren about Koren Robinson yesterday? Maybe a waste of time. Robinson did not participate very much in this afternoon's practice, taking part in individual drills, standing on the side holding his helmet during team drills and eventually walking to the locker room to get dressed because of a sore knee. Not that he won't play Sunday -- that hasn't been determined -- but given that he needs all the practice time he can get to get in shape and learn the offense, Thursday's developments were not a good sign.
A good sign, however, is that Sean Locklear was getting a lot of reps at left tackle while Walter Jones sat on the side. Rocky Bernard also sat out for one of the first times, as did Kelly Jennings. All are expected to play on Sunday.
Deon Grant had an unbelievable practice. He had two interceptions, two near interceptions and a batted down pass. He was all over the field, a good sign for a beleaguered secondary.
Defensive coordinator John Marshall after practice said the secondary did not have breakdowns last week as much as it was trying to do too much, players cheating to help out teammates and then getting burned. (One could argue that is a blown assignment, but that is another discussion I guess.) Anyway, Marshall said it is not rocket science. Players need to take care of their own assignments and not try to do too much, covering for teammates.
Lofa Tatupu said they have to focus on getting turnovers. He said they need three turns to win. They got only one against San Francisco and need to do the things that require popping the ball loose more often. Tatupu also said they are not running the same schemes they ran last year, when Seattle was able to get so much pressure in the backfield, so there is not a great deal to take from those games. Lofa also said St. Louis' center is one of the best he faces in the league.
WR Deion Branch is progressing, making some catches today. Previously, he would run routes but not too many balls were thrown his way. He is taking it slowly but coming along step by step.
Brandon Mebane has resumed his barking to form up the huddle in goal line situations.
Brian Russell spent a few minutes taking some snaps and throwing some passes as the team's third QB in case both Hasselbeck and Frye go down.
Incidentally, Russell was elected as the team's interim union rep, at least until a team vote is officially taken, which should be in the next couple of weeks. There is not a league meeting of team reps until next March, so there is not a great deal of pressure right now to name a team rep.