I spoke with offensive line coach Mike Solari after this afternoon's practice, and he confirmed that Ray Willis, who was splitting time with Sean Locklear at right tackle, will probably start at right tackle -- though he said the final decision is going to rest with Mike Holmgren. Solari basically said that the team was functioning well and they were pleased with Willis when he was playing, and that Locklear still is trying to work out the rust after sitting out for five weeks after spraining his knee. I think there can be no question that Locklear has struggled, both in the run game and the pass game. Boling watches the offensive line much more intently than I do during games, and he has noticed on more than one occasion that Locklear -- as well as Chris Spencer -- are not doing as well as some of their teammates.
I also asked Solari about what the league told him regarding the tape of the Mike Wahle holding call last Sunday that Seattle sent to the NFL. He said they reviewed the tape and concluded that the ref was right and that it was holding. (Big surprise.) But Solari said he didn't think it was holding based on Wahle's hands being inside the pads. Either way, it is not going to change anything.
Seneca Wallace said after practice that he was feeling good and seems ready to play Sunday. No decision has been made, but he seems to have his mobility back. When Seneca was asked if he was concerned about re-injuring the calf when he scrambles on Sunday, he said it is not something about which he can be concerned (though he didn't say 'about which.') "That's why we have backups," he said.
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Deon Grant was at practice in full uniform, though he only took part in the early drills. Still, it appears as if he is going to play. As mentioned earlier, Deion Branch did not practice. Koren Robinson was back at practice and getting a bunch of reps.
I asked Brian Russell about the interceptions, or lack thereof. Seattle has only 1, compared to 11 by Tampa Bay. Russell said there is not an answer. Turnovers seems to come in bunches, and they haven't had their run on them yet. Some come on tipped balls or errant passes, and they haven't seen many of them, but he said he thinks once they are able to get one or two, they will start to come. As far as fumbles, he said the players have to gang tackle and strip the ball more. I