Here’s a run down on the injury report the team released this afternoon.
Chris Spencer (quad) was a full participant in practice, along with wide receiver Deion Branch (hamstring). Spencer split time with Steve Vallos at center, while Branch worked in with the first group at receiver. Both look like they could go this week.
Branch, who has missed the first two games this season and has been injured at times during his time in Seattle, says he’s not concerned with the critics who say he’s fragile.
UPDATE: Seattle added S Jamar Adams to the practice squad and released OL Brian De La Puente. OL Andre Ramsey, who was on Seattle's training camp roster, was added to Buffalo's practice squad today.
“I don’t worry about that,” he said. “I know what I can do. I don’t worry about the minor talk. I hear it, but I don’t, because the ones who are doing the talking can’t do what I do or have done, so it doesn’t bother me.”
Cornerback Travis Fisher (hamstring) was a full participant in practice and looks like he’s making progress toward returning this week. Tackle Walter Jones (knee) was a limited participant in practice today, and as head coach Jim Mora said during his press conference, split time with Brandon Frye at left tackle. Spencer looks closer to returning than Jones at this point.
Sean Locklear (ankle), Josh Wilson (ankle), Leroy Hill (groin) and Marcus Trufant (back) are out.
Matt Hasselbeck (rib), Justin Griffith (knee) Lofa Tatupu (hamstring), Brandon Mebane (calf) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (back) did not practice today.
Cornerback Ken Lucas (groin) was limited in practice today.
For Chicago, DE Alex Brown (ankle), TE Desmond Clark (rib) and LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee) did not participate in practice.
DT Tommie Harris (knee), DT Israel Idonije (knee) and G Frank Omlyale (ankle) were limited participants in practice.
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said the offense will not change with Seneca Wallace running it if Hasselbeck can’t go this week. Knapp said he made a conscious effort to make sure Wallace got enough snaps during OTAs and training camp so that he was comfortable with the offense should he be in this situation.
Knapp also said with the team not sure with who will start on Sunday that the offensive game plan will be tailored toward plays that work effectively for both quarterbacks.
Mora can do two different things in nickel situations on Defense with Josh Wilson out. He can move Travis Fisher into the nickel spot, or he can bring Jordan Babineaux up to play nickel and bring Lawyer Milloy in to play safety. Mora said he hasn’t decided how the team will play that situation yet.
Mora had high praise for Justin Forsett, and said the shifty runner will continue to see regular touches as long as me makes plays. Mora said one reason Forsett dropped in the draft was because of his speed, but also said that Forsett is showing that will not hinder him being a productive back in the league.
“The one knock on Justin since he came out, and one of the reasons we were able to get him where we did is just speed," Mora said. "But I think as you watch Justin play, he keeps kind of proving to you that maybe speed or lack of time 40 speed is not going to stop this kid, because he’s got such a big heart and determination.
“I’m glad he’s on our team. I’m glad he’s on our team. I like him. I think our players respect him. He’s tough. All our backs our tough, though. But he’s tough.”
Mora said Walter Jones and Brandon Frye will split time at left tackle, and that Chris Spencer and Steve Vallos will do the same at center, until the team figures out who will play on Sunday.