Seahawks defensive back suffered a cracked bone in his hand in yesterday's practice and was wearing a cast on his hand today. Mike Holmgren said they are going to try to affix something smaller to his hand for Sunday's game to make it more workable. Trufant said he has played with an injured hand before, against both UCLA and the Apple Cup one season at Washington State, though it was on his right hand not his left and it was his thumb not his hand.
Though Mike Holmgren said this morning on KIRO radio that they were going to activate Michael Bumpus from the practice squad, he did not confirm that after practice. He said they have until Saturday to make that decision. It will be done, and Bumpus will probably even get some playing time, likely in the slot. Holmgren said Courtney Taylor and Logan Payne both will start.
Bumpus said that he has been catching punts this week, so there is a chance that he is returning against the Niners. I asked him about that one practice in training camp when he dropped like four punts, and he laughed and said, "Man, that was the worst punt return practice I've had in my entire life, and I've been returning punts since I was a little kid."
The Seahawks have so few linemen right now that Ray Willis was playing right tackle on both the starting unit and scout teams.
If Trufant needed any inspiration, he got it from Lofa Tatupu, who also is wearing a cast for an injured thumb. On one play in practice, Julian Peterson tipped a Charlie Frye pass in the air, and Lofa intercepted it.
I talked to Courtney Taylor, who said he is approaching this week's game like it could be his last. I asked him if the club actually told him that, produce now or never. He said no, but he said he also knows the nature of the sport and that if you are not going to produce you are replaceable. He saw that with Ryan Plackemeier. He said he has been thinking about Sunday since the last second ticked off the clock in Buffalo, and he will have a big game.
Two guys in a kayak sat on the water along the edge of the field and watched the entire practice. Now that is the way to go.