The Seattle Seahawks got a couple guys back to practice this afternoon, but also lost a key member from the defense for the at least a day.
Tight end Zach Miller (knee) and defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove (hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday. But cornerback Marcus Trufant (back) did not practice.
Trufant played in every game last year, but finished the season having to leave the game against Chicago with a concussion.
In 2009 Trufant was limited to 10 games because of a back issue that flared up during training camp. So the Seahawks are taking a cautious approach with their veteran corner. So far, Trufant has played well this season.
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Rookie Richard Sherman worked with the first unit at cornerback in place of Trufant and had a pretty good practice.
“It was a situation with Tru where we felt like we could get Richard in there,” Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “Richard’s got to be able to play corner for us, nickel for us, so we’ve got to get him up to speed. And this time of year you see guys get nicked, and we just feel like we’ve got to bring those younger guys along and get them more reps on the field.”
Along with Trufant, receiver Mike Williams (concussion) and linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) did not practice. Safety Kam Chancellor (quad) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (ankle) were limited in practice. And Robert Gallery (groin) remains out.
Bradley also talked about how his defense will deal with New York quarterback Eli Manning.
“He’s got a lot of time back there,” Bradley said. “And when he’s got a lot of time, he’s been really effective. And I think his quarterback rating is like 104 against pressure. So if you give him time, he’s effective. And if you pressure him he’s effective.
“And that’s what happened in Arizona. They go to him a few times, but then at times he got to the open man before they could get to him. He’s very poised. Very accurate and he looks like he’s even better than he was last year against us.”
So what do you do against Manning?
“You’ve got to mix it up, give him different looks,” Bradley said. “Create confusion and win on third down.”
Bradley also addressed the issue of creating more turnovers. The Seahawks only have two forced turnovers through two games.
Bradley said defensively they have brought more pressure thinking that would help create more turnovers, but in studying other teams, Seattle’s coaching staff discovered the teams playing more zone coverage were creating more turnover opportunities.
“You would think that the teams that are pressuring more are getting more turnovers, but that’s not the case,” Bradley said. “It’s teams around the league, there are some that are doing a real good job getting the ball playing zone coverages.
“We’ve been bringing quite a bit of pressure, hoping that that gets it. And I think we’ve just got to mix it up more, get our eyes on the ball a little bit more. Mix it up. Not go completely to zone, but just enough to where our guys have chances to break on the ball.”
For New York, cornerback Prince Amukamura (foot), center David Baas (neck) and running back Brandon Jacobs (knee) did not practice.
Defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (ribs), defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee), linebacker Michael Boley (knee) and defensive end Justin Tuck (groin/neck) were limited.