To the surprise and probably consternation of some fans who planned to attend practice this morning, the Seattle Seahawks practiced inside today.
Head coach Jim Mora apologized to the fans that did not get the email from the team, which reportedly numbered about 300 folks. Mora said alternative plans will be made to accommodate fans who did not make practice so they can attend another practice day.
The Seahawks moved inside because a couple players suffered leg strains or pulls working on the slicker surface outside with the afternoon rain on Monday.
“The reason we came inside is I felt yesterday was a little soft and a little slippery,” Mora said. “We had a couple groin strains, and that this point of camp when their legs are a little bit heavy and it’s wet out, I think you’re asking for trouble if you put them on a field that is not stable.”
Mora said he’s unsure if the team will practice outside this evening.
As a result of Monday evening’s practice, the injury list continued to grow today, although Mora was somewhat ambiguous in his explanation of a few of the players’ injuries.
Linebacker Lofa Tatupu sat out his third practice, but Mora said Tatupu just had general soreness. Same with defensive end Lawrence Jackson, who Mora said had a leg strain. Those two joined Josh Wilson (groin), Deon Grant (groin), Well Herring (groin), Chris Spencer (ankle), Walter Jones (back), Marcus Trufant (back), Deion Branch (knee), D.D. Lewis (knee), Cory Redding (fatigue), Ray Willis (knee), and Grey Ruegamer (elbow).
Patrick Kerney (soreness) started out on the field but later headed to the training room for treatment. Kerney had a sleeve on his calf.
With four offensive linemen out, the Seahawks only had 10 offensive linemen for practice. Mora said that’s part of the deal during this time of training camp, and said that’s just something the players have to work through.
“I think they’re all one to two-day kind of fatigue injuries more than anything,” Mora said. “We’ll know more as we go along, but nothing that I’m real concerned with right now.”
The team practiced in just helmets and shells this morning, and worked on red zone offense and defense during team drills. Mora had crowd noise playing throughout the team periods, as offensive coordinator Greg Knapp worked on communicating with Matt Hasselbeck and Seneca Wallace on offense and linebackers coach Zerick Rollins did the same with David Hawthrone by talking through the radio headset systems.
Mora said the team will decide on Thursday how much rookie Aaron Curry will play on Saturday, along with formulating a plan for playing time for the rest of the team. Mora also said the plan, at least at this point, is for Tatupu to play on Saturday.
With Grant out, Jordan Babineaux played with the first unit at safety.
Cornerback Kelly Jennings continues to look good in coverage in one-on-one drills, doing a nice job during the goal line period on T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Although Nate Burleson did outfight Jennings on a go route towards the end of practice, with Burleson making a tough, diving catch that probably was the play of the day.
Both kickers were perfect during special teams period on field goals.
Ryan Divish will be attending this evening’s practice and providing the practice report.
That’s all for now.