The possible return of offensive tackle Walter Jones for Week two’s game at San Francisco was the news that came out of Seattle head coach Jim Mora’s 25-minute press conference this morning.
Mora said Jones, who’s been out recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his surgically repaired left knee for the last three weeks, could return for next week’s game against the 49ers, along with center Chris Spencer, who suffered a torn quad in the second preseason game against Denver.
Mora said the team decided to release Brian Russell once it was determined that Jordan Babineaux had beat him out for the free safety spot instead of ask him to take a pay cut and work as the backup.
And Mora reiterated that recent addition Lawyer Milloy will backup both Babineaux and Deon Grant.
Mora also stated that Justin Griffith will start at fullback instead of Owen Schmitt because of his experience at the position, and rookie Max Unger will start at right guard, with Mansfield Wrotto serving as the backup for both guard spots.
As of right now, recent addition Brandon Frye will serve as the backup for both tackle positions, but if Mora doesn’t feel that he’s up to speed, then the team could make a move there, which would likely be bringing Kyle Williams off the practice squad and adding him to the active roster.
Mora said Kelly Jennings has taken a big step in improvement over the last couple preseason games, and credited defensive backs coach Tim Lewis for Jennings’ improvement in playing the ball.
And as far as Marcus Trufant, Mora said it’s not a given he will be ready after Week 6 to return to the active roster. Mora said Trufant, who has a disk issue in his back similar to what quarterback Matt Hasselbeck experienced last season, has not suffered a setback in terms of his rehabilitation. However, he has not progressed and reached the markers that the training staff has set for him as him as they initially thought he would.
“The progress is just not what we hoped it would be,” Mora said. “We went into training camp thinking it was, ‘Oh a couple days, then he’ll be out here.’ Then it was, ‘Well, next week.’ It just hasn’t responded.”
Mora said the team voted on captains and Lofa Tatupu and Deon Grant are the defensive captains, Matt Hasselbeck and Walter Jones are the offensive captains, and Lance Laury and Olindo Mare are the special teams captains.
I’ll have another report after practice.