The Seahawks practiced for a little over 90 minutes in final preparation for their game at San Francisco. The team will fly down on Saturday, and is flying on Saturday for most of their away games, with only one game in the Eastern Time Zone.
Mora was noncommittal on most of the guys listed on the injury report, saying that Walter Jones (knee), Deion Branch (hamstring) and Brandon Mebane (calf) likely will be game-time decisions.
Mora did say that defensive tackle Red Bryant, who was not active for last week’s game against the Rams, will be active this week and should see some time. The Seahawks apparently want to use Bryant’s big frame inside against Frank Gore and the 49ers running attack, as this game may prove to be a Rock ‘em Sock ‘em affair.
Mora also said linebacker Lofa Tatupu (hamstring) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (back spasms) will play on Sunday.
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Houshmandzadeh did not practice the first two days of the week, but did practice on Friday, and said some of the rules of his new team are taking some adjustment to get used to.
“I’m good,” Houshmandzadeh said about how he feels heading into Sunday. “I cold have probably gone yesterday (Thursday). They told me, ‘Don’t.’ So I’m good. I’m all right.”
“It’s different here,” Housh later went on. “When you feel like you can practice and they tell you don’t, as compared to where you feel like you can’t and in some places they try to make you practice, so it takes a little to get used to.”
According to the official report, Leroy Hill (groin) and Marcus Trufant (back) are out. Lofa Tatupu (hamstring) and Brandon Mebane (calf) did not practice and are listed as questionable.
Wide receiver Deion Branch (hamstring), cornerback Travis Fisher (hamstring), tackle Walter Jones (knee) and center Chris Spencer (quad) were limited in practice and are questionable.
And both Houshmandazadeh and safety C.J. Wallace fully participated in practice and are listed as probable.
For San Francisco, LB Ahmad Brooks (knee), DE Justin Smith (elbow) and CB Marcus Hudson (knee) all fully participated in practice and are probable.
If Mora does decide that Jones is ready to go, he’ll have an interesting decision to make juggling the offensive line. As we’ve talked about, the plan initially was to move Locklear to right guard and keep Ray Willis at right tackle. But rookie Max Unger has been playing solid at right guard, so it will be interesting if they decide to replace Unger with Locklear. But I think Locklear is one of your five best linemen right now, so you have to find a place for him.
“We haven’t really talked about it that much because I don’t think we anticipated early in the week Walt being where he is,” Mora said. “But we’ll list him as questionable and we’ll see. We’ve got to make the right decision there with Walt. We can’t be greedy.”
If I were a betting man I would suspect Jones won’t play on Sunday, but we’ll see.
Mora also said if Mebane can’t go, then Bryant, Craig Terrell and possibly Michael Bennett will play on Sunday.
Mora also said he expects a physical, intense game on Sunday.
“I think it will be a slug fest, I really do,” Mora said. “I think it will be a tough, gut-grinder-type of game. That’s the kind of team they are and that’s the type of team we are. It’s as division game, and it’s important for both of us, even though it’s early in the season. So I think it will be a fun game to watch. If you like hard-hitting football, down-and-dirty football, this would be a good game to watch.”