The Seattle Seahawks had perhaps the toughest practice in a couple days this afternoon, as most players who had been sitting out with nagging injuries returned to practice and the team focused on game preparation for the San Diego game.
Lofa Tatupu, Deon Grant, Will Herring, Josh Wilson and Chris Spencer all returned to practice on Wednesday.
Spencer and Herring were held out of team drills. Spencer said he’s not sure if he’ll play on Saturday or not, but he’s thankful he can even get out on the field after the scare on Friday where he sprained his left ankle while blocking defensive tackle Kevin Brown during a team drill.
“I’m lucky and blessed to be able to get out here so fast after what happened last Friday,” Spencer said. “It was real scary. With all of the offseason work I’ve done to get back to where I am now and have something I can’t control happen, it was a little scary. But God puts his hands on me and had a good blessing for me, and I dodged a bullet on it.”
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Steve Vallos worked at center with the first unit during team drills, and I suspect we’ll see Vallos start on Saturday at center if Spencer can’t go.
We also saw Max Unger working at right guard with the first unit, as Mansfield Wrotto sat out of practice with an unspecified injury.
Also missing practice were Patrick Kerney (calf), Walter Jones (back), Marcus Trufant (back), Cory Withrow (unknown) and Grey Ruegamer (elbow).
During a conversation with reporters, T.J. Houshmandzadeh was asked about the possibility of wearing the alternative, green jerseys. As you probably recall, it was reported in April that the team would wear these green jerseys during the regular season, then later chalked up as an elaborate, April Fools joke.
Now speculation is bubbling back to the surface that the team will in fact wear them during the regular season. The Seahawks remain tight-lipped on whether or not they will debut the green jerseys during the regular season, with a team spokesperson stating that the Seahawks have not announced plans for a third jersey, but it remains an option..
Houshmandzadeh said he’d have no problem wearing the green jerseys.
““If you’ve got style you can rock anything,” Houshmandzadeh said. “And I think I’ve got style, so I’m going to be just fine.”
However, Houshmandzadeh went on to say perhaps not all of his teammates could pull it off.
“You can rock the green, you just have to accessorize with it, right? And you’ll be all right,” Houshmandzadeh said. “Like myself would be all right with it. Nate (Burleson) would be all right, after that I’m not really sure.”
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Houshmandzadeh also said he doesn’t know how much he’ll play on Sunday, but he’s received a lot of ticket requests with the game being played in San Diego, close to his hometown of L.A.
Ex-Seahawks offensive coordinator Gil Haskell was out watching practice this afternoon.
As far as practice highlights go, the defense had three picks during 7-on-7 drills, with Grant, Ken Lucas and linebacker Dave Philistin all getting interceptions.
Tight end John Tereshinski made a nice, one-handed grab over Aaron Curry during team drills.
Mike Hass also had a nice grab on a crossing route in the back of the end zone on a throw from Seneca Wallace to end practice.
The Seahawks worked kickoff return today, with Josh Wilson and Justin Forsett working with the first team, and Deon Butler and Ben Obomanu working with the second team.
John Carlson had an uncharacteristic drop today. Jordan Kent had two drops, and Courtney Taylor also dropped an easy pass out in the flat.
Aaron Curry continued to work with the starters at strong side, outside backer.
Offensive line coach Mike Solari talked about the importance of cut blocking on the back side of the zone play to help create cutback, running lanes. He said every lineman will be expected to do it, including Walter Jones when he comes back from his back injury.
“The big runs in the NFL are when you cut off that backside “A” and “B” gap,” Solari said. “The defenses are so athletic and they run so well, so it’s a way to cut the defense, and all of a sudden they don’t have their fits in the proper gaps
“And then also the bodies on the ground messes up backside pursuit. So it’s really a tremendous advantage to be able to cut.”
That’s all for now.