Seattle Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice participated in team drills at practice for the first time in three weeks, but still was listed as a limited participant in practice on Thursday.
Rice, who missed last week’s season opener in San Francisco with a sore shoulder, again looked comfortable running and catching the ball this afternoon, and will make Pete Carroll’s decision on making the talented receiver available on Sunday a tough one, particularly with the team hosting NFC West rival Arizona in two weeks in the home opener at CenturyLink Field.
Coming off a sprained right knee, offensive guard Robert Gallery fully participated in his second straight practice this week and looks on track to play on Sunday.
And linebacker David Hawthorne (knee) fully participated in his second straight practice on Thursday, so he looks on track to play this week as well.
Offensive tackle Jarriel King (ankle), linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring), full back Michael Robinson (ankle) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (ankle) and defensive end Dexter Davis (hip) did not participate in practice.
Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley discussed the importance of his defensive player maintaining their discipline when Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“I think the big thing for us is just our principles,” Bradley said. “Okay, he breaks loose, who’s coming up to re-contain and what does everybody else do? Because he doesn’t scramble to throw it short, or hit a check down and dump it to the back. He’s scrambling to throw it deep. So it’s really for our deep players, whether it’s half-field coverage or quarters-field coverage, it’s important that our safeties are back. And that’s what we’ve got to try and mimic tomorrow.”
Veteran defensive end Raheem Brock talked about the importance of keeping Roethisberger off balance.
“He’s a good vet,” Brock said. “He’s a great quarterback. So we have to be on our toes and try to get after him as much as possible. Try to keep him out of sync and try to get him to throw the ball up and make some mistakes like Baltimore did last week.”
So what’s the best way to get him down Raheem?
“If you can hit him when he’s not looking,” said Brock, chuckling. “You know when you hit the big guys, you have to get them off their feet. Because if you bounce off or you don’t take him down right away, he’s going to just toss you aside.”