First off, a couple of programming notes. We put out of Seahawks season preview this morning, so yesterday was a grind in terms of doing the daily work and the stuff for the regular section.
So I apologize for not updating the blog after practice.
Also, practice reports will change now that we’re into the regular season, with limits on how much we can report during practice in terms of scheme, details on who made plays during practice and what injuries were sustained until the actual injury report comes out each day.
As I mentioned on Monday, wide receiver Branch injured his hamstring and did not practice on Wednesday. Also sitting out of Wednesday’s practice were CB Travis Fisher (hamstring), SS C.J. Wallace (ribs) and DL Derek Walker (hamstring).
Still out are Walter Jones (knee), Chris Spencer (quad) and Marcus Trufant (back). As head coach Jim Mora mentioned in his press conference on Wednesday, there is a chance that both Jones and Spencer could return for next week’s game at San Francisco, and both were at practice on Wednesday.
For St. Louis, S Craig Dahl, LB Larry Grant and T John Greco did not practice on Wednesday.
Players limited for the Rams, but who did practice include QB Marc Bulerg, RB Sam Gado, RB Mike Karney and DE Leonard Little. Bulger has an injured finger, but from talking with head coach Steve Spagnuolo during the conference call, he did take snaps in practice and it seems like the team expects him to play on Sunday.
My main story for the preview was on T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who the Seahawks have high expectations for this season. Houshmandzadeh says the swagger he carries with him is not an act, and contrary to public opinion, that’s the way he’s always been.
Housh always is an interesting interview because he’s honest to a fault and he speaks his mind, which has put him in the national spotlight this season. But Houshmandzadeh said he’s not chasing the limelight like his former running mate at Cincinnati.
Here’s a look at the Seahawks current depth chart.
Here’s the Seahawks 2009 schedule.
And here are some predictions for the NFC and AFC divisions.
The play of Brandon Mebane and his switch to the three-technique, defensive tackle position on the defensive line will be critical to the improvement of the defense this season.
The TNT’s Ryan Divish reports that Jordan Babineaux got the nod at free safety because of his ability to live up to his nickname “Big Play Babs” and make key plays in critical moments of the game.
TNT Columnist John McGrath takes a look at the coaching debuts of former Seahawks head coaches and offers some advice for Jim Mora – keep it simple.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press discusses the challenges facing Mora as he heads into his regular-season opener as head coach of his hometown team.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com reports on the three, rookie defensive linemen who made the final roster, Derek Walker, Nick Reed and Michael Bennett, and how the triohave forged a close relationship during training camp.
Brock and Salk of ESPN 710 Seattle talk to offensive coordinator Greg Knapp in this audio link.
KJR's Elise Woodward talks with Lawyer Milloy about joining the Seahawks in this audio link.
Woodward talks with the TNT’s Dave Boling about the Seahawks in this audio link.
KJR’s Ian Furness talks with defensive end Nick Reed in this audio link.
And I talked with Ian about this Sunday’s contest against St. Louis in this audio link.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that that quarterback Marc Bulger takes some under center, and rookie Jason Smith has officially been named the starting right tackle.
More Thomas: The Rams released veteran Chris Draft, who was scheduled to start at strongside, outside backer.
Bernie Miklasz, columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, says the Rams are having a tough time gaining some attention in a town with a lot of feel-good stories, including the Cardinals playoff run and the return of a top-25 college football program in Missouri.