Wide receiver Deion Branch, who injured his hamstring in Monday’s practice, missed his second straight practice today, and appears questionable for Sunday’s game against St. Louis.
Also sitting out Thursday’s practice and questionable for Sunday's game are CB Travis Fisher (hamstring), S C.J. Wallace (ribs) and DL Derek Walker (hamstring).
Walter Jones (knee) and Chris Spencer (quad) remain out indefinitely, but Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said they could possibly return for Week 2 at San Francisco.
Cornerback Marcus Trufrant remains on the PUP list
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For St. Louis, S Craig Dahl (hamstring) and T John Greco (hand) did not practice on Thursday. QB Marc Bulger (finger) and LB Larry Grant (knee) were limited in practice, and RB Sam Gado (ribs), DE Leonard Little (knee) and RB Mike Karney (ankle) fully participated in practice.
The team practiced in full pads for half the practice and shells the rest of the way.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck talked to reporters after practice. Hasselbeck said he’s pleased that the team’s regular-season opener is finally here.
“It’s exciting to finally have the regular season here,” Hasselbeck said. “We’ve been looking forward to it for awhile. I think the thing that is probably the most exciting his just the energy that comes with the regular season. The season kicks off tonight with the league, and just the buzz about the city. We definitely feel that energy, and it’s exciting.”
Hasselbeck did not provide any specific keys for the offense to be successful on Sunday. However, he did say that because the Seahawks are facing a Rams team with a lot of new players, it’s probably best for Seattle to focus on what they can control.
“For us right now we’re just really trying to focus on our game plan and probably worry more about us than about them because they’re so much unknown about them,” he said. “We don’t know what their game plan is going to be. But we know what ours is, and if we focus on that, that’s a good way to start.’ We talked to defensive coordinator Gus Bradley on Wednesday and here’s what he had to say about the expectations of the defense.
“Our No. 1 objective as a defense is to make sure that we have enough in, that we have enough ammunition, but that we also don’t take away from our ability to play fast,’ Bradley said. “I think the biggest thing standing on the sideline is that we want to make sure that we are defense that’s playing fast, and doing a lot of the fundamental things we’ve worked so hard on since we first got here.”
You can listen to the conversation with Bradley here.
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