After practice today Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said that offensive tackle Sean Locklear will get his first action since suffering a high-ankle sprain against San Francisco in the second game of the season, starting at left tackle for Seattle at Arizona on Sunday.
Mora said it was important to see Locklear make it through practice, show now ill affects from the injury, come back and practice the next day and not be sore. And mora said that Locklear passed all of those tests during the week
“He had a good week,” Mora said.
Mora said he chose to start Locklear over Damion McIntosh, who has been solid in two starts for Seattle, because of Locklear's experience with the team.
“He’s been this system longer than Damion," Mora said. "He went through all the offseason with us and training camp, and so there’s a little more familiarity.
"Of course he hasn’t played in awhile, so there’s something there. But he and Rob Sims have played next to each other quite a bit, so once again just continuity and repetitions together, that will help us.”
A lot has been talked about during the week of the importance of stopping Arizona's potent passing attack. But one overlooked aspect has been the Cardinals recent improvement in running the ball.
Defensive tackle Patrick Kerney, who has had some big games against the Cardinals, said the first key to stopping Kurt Warner and company is stopping the running game and forcing them to be one dimensional and throw the ball.
“You’ve got to get a team passing when they have to, not when they want to,” Kerney said. “And the better the quarterback and the better the receivers, the more emphasis you have to put on that. So, as I always say, you’ve got to stop the run first. They’ve talked about wanting to established the run more, and they ran the ball well last week, and so to get the Warner you’ve got to stop the run.”
Kerney went on to say if Arizona does establish the running game then the team’s play-action game becomes more effective, and then Seattle’s defense really will have problems trying to stop Warner.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh talked to reporters today as he regularly does on Fridays.
Asked about how he feels about watching his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals, playing well and at 6-2 right now, Houshmandzadeh said he has no regrets about his decision -- at least for now.
Houshmandzadeh also had an opportunity to sign with Minnesota during the offseason. The Vikings, who Seattle will face next week, are 7-1 and leading the NFC North right now.
“I don’t regret anything right now because it’s too early to say I regret anything,” Houshmandzadeh said. “Obviously, I’m human just like anybody else is human. I’ve thought about it. I like football, so I follow the NFL.
"And I wouldn’t say that I follow the Bengals, but I am aware of what’s going on, and I’m human just like anybody else. So I’m looking at it like ‘Ahh, would you believe it? But it is what it is.”
Here's the injury report for today.
For Seattle, Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder), Sean Locklear (ankle), Ken Lucas (neck) and C Chris Spencer (thumb) were full participants in practice and are probable for Sunday.
For Arizona, LB Gerald Hayes (back) and LB Chike Okeafor (back) are doubtful. UPDATE: Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic is reporting that both Hayes and Okeafor likely will not play on Sunday. Ali Highsmith would start for Hayes for the second straight week, and Bertrand Berry would start for Okeafor if he can't go.
T Mike Gandy (pelvis), WR Sean Morey (head), DE Kenny Iwebema (knee) and TE Ben Patrick (knee) are questionable.
And WR Steve Breaston (knee), WR Anquan Boldin (ankle), S Antrel Rolle (foot), CB Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie (finger) and G Reggie Wells (thumb) are probable.