No Matt Hasselbeck. Don't know what's going on there, but Mike Holmgren said on Wednesday morning that if he could go this week with the scout team, he could play next week against Arizona. No scout team. We'll find out tomorrow what all this means when Holmgren meets with us before flying off to south Florida.
A lot of tipped balls today in practice. And the tips went the same way the season has gone. On one, Kelly Jennings tipped a ball up in the air and Courtney Taylor came away with the pass. On another, Leroy Hill tipped the pass and gathered in the interception.
Leonard Weaver was practicing with the first team. Pork Chop was not out there, Ray Willis filling in for him at right guard. Deion Branch, absent. Lofa Tatupu, present and accounted for. He did not look as spry to me as he usually does, though he did come up with an interception late in practice. He was riding the stationary bike during the 7-on-7 drills, with D.D. Lewis filling in for him.
I spoke with Koren Robinson for a little bit after practice. I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but he looks to me to be a lot more mobile than he has. He agreed with that assessment, saying his knee is feeling stronger and he is getting in better shape. I asked him if he could have made the 90-yard TD play he made last week if that catch had happened four weeks ago. He said he would like to think so, but he just doesn't know. He said he had surgery on the knee in December of 06 and then had a setback in April of this year because he was doing too much weight in squats. He said he has since refined his routine and has learned how to strengthen the knee without damaging it.
The locker room was wild today. A bunch of players were tackling each other in one corner, it looked like Lawrence Jackson was the target of some of the jocularity. Then Brian Russell put Jordan Babineaux in a laundry bin and covered him up with towels. Russell pushed Babs over toward the defensive linemen, and Babineaux popped out of the bin and shot water all over them. Mayhem ensued.
The PI's Jim Moore interviewed Olindo Mare for a long time, and I sat in on that and listened. I had heard some of it before, but Mare is always fun to talk to. He said 35-45 yards out is where kickers make their money. You should be 90 percent from there. After that, it is dicey, and a lot of things play a factor. Regarding last week, when Holmgren decided to go for it on fourth and 10 from the 34 rather than attempting a field goal, Mare said that kicking toward the south end of Qwest is usually where you have the wind with you. But during warmups the wind was swirling, and he had tried a 55-yarder and it landed in the end zone. He didn't want to give Bruce DeHaven faulty information in a touchy spot, so he gave him conservative estimates. He said David Akers did the same thing; they were kicking side by side at the time in pregame. That was why Holmgren decided to go for it on that play, which resulted in Mike Wahle false starting.