The Seattle Seahawks had a light practice in shells this morning, as the team began its sixth day of practice without the services of linebacker Aaron Curry.
Head coach Jim Mora again reiterated his policy of staying out of negotiations and focusing on the players on the field.
“You may not believe it but I don’t think about him every day,” Mora said. “I don’t go, ‘When’s Aaron going to be here?’ I don’t worry about it. When he gets here, he gets here, and we’ll go to work.”
With Curry gone, guys like D.D. Lewis, Will Herring and Lance Laury have been getting valuable reps with the first unit. Having a guy like Lewis, a veteran that has experience playing as a starter in league, helps fill the void until the team can get a deal done and get Curry into camp.
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Mora also provided a little more information on how cornerback Marcus Trufant tweaked his back. Coach said Trufant suffered the injury a week ago today, while working on back peddle drills on the field with fellow cornerback Josh Wilson.
He said the team will continue to be conservative in how they handle Trufant and Walter Jones, who also sat out this morning’s practice with back spasms.
“You want them all to practice every day,” Mora said. “But Marcus is a conscientious guy who knows the scheme. He knows how to play football. So I’m not as concerned with him missing time as I maybe would be with a young guy.
“I want to make sure he’s healthy. We’re going to make sure that he’s healthy before we put him back out on the field.”
Mora went on to say he’s not at the point where he’s concerned about Trufant being ready for the regular season.
“What’s important is we don’t put Marcus back out on the field, and we don’t put Walt back on the field – guys like that – until they’re really ready to go,” Mora said. “Because we don’t want them to have a setback. That jus wouldn’t serve any purpose right now.”
Mora also said the cooler weather was a nice respite from the hotter temperatures during the early days of camp, but that he liked the players having to work in the hotter weather early on.
“From a coaches’ standpoint I think it makes them dig a little deeper, work a little harder” Mora said. “I’m not of a belief that you need it to be 110 degrees and 90 percent humidity to get good work done. But I think every once in awhile to have to suffer through a little bit of heat and feeling uncomfortable is good for them.”
Running back Julius Jones talked to reporters today, and said he feels more comfortable about his role with the team heading into this season.
“I feel more at ease,” Jones said. “And I feel like the coaches have more confidence in me. Last year I was coming into a new situation and everything was brand new. What happened last year is over. It’s a brand new year. Coach Mora’s got this team right where we need to be, and I’m happy to play for him.”
Along with Trufant and Jones, Billy McMullen (knee) and Tony Taylor (knee) sat out of practice. Ray Willis (knee) also sat out this morning’s practice for his scheduled rest.
I also talked to offensive line coach Mike Solari about the progress guys are making on the offensive line. Solari said that Sean Locklear and Ray Willis continue to compete for a spot at right tackle, and that the loser of that battle could move to right guard. Ultimately, as we talked about before, the best five guys are going to start, and if that means Willis or Locklear will play right guard, that’s what will happen
Solari said Unger continues to improve, and that the team needs him to be ready sooner rather than later, not so much as a starter, but to serve as one of the top seven lineman on the active roster during the regular season.
During the practice itself, Ben Obomanu continues to distinguish himself out on the field, and may be creating some separation between himself and the other receivers in the battle for the last two receiving spots on the roster.
Cory Redding was again impressive during pass rush drills. Mansfield Wrotto also did a nice job against Brandon Mebane. Courtney Greene also picked off another pass today, this time during 7-on-7 drills.
That’s all for now.