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Thursday practice: How to contain Cutler

First the injury report.

Leroy Hill (groin), Sean Locklear (ankle), Josh Wilson (ankle) are out.

Justin Griffith (knee), Matt Hasselbeck (rib) and Lofa Tatupu (hamstring) did not participate in practice.

Ken Lucas (groin), Brandon Mebane (calf) were limited participants in practice.

And Deion Branch (hamstring), Travis Fisher (hamstring), T.J. Houshmandzadeh (back), Walter Jones (knee) and Chris Spencer (quad) fully participated in practice.

For Chicago, DE Alex Brown (ankle), TE Desmond Clark (rib) and LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee) did not participate in practice.

DT Israel Idonije was a limited participant in practice. And DT Tommie Harris (knee) and G Frank Omlyale (ankle) fully participated in practice.

Seahawks defensive lineman Cory Redding, who played for several seasons with Detroit and faced the Bears twice a year, said Chicago is basically the same team with Jay Cutler at quarterback, and the key for the guys up front will be to get pressure on Chicago’s quarterback and force him into quick decisions.

“To it’s the same thing, it’s just Cutler is back there and he’s getting the ball off faster,” Redding said. “I think he gets the ball off a little faster than (Kyle) Orton, but other than that it’s the same system, same everything.

“The O-line is good, and they’ve been together for a long time. And they’ve been blocking well, and the wide receivers they have are going to do their thing, so it’s all about Cutler and disrupting his timing on getting the ball out.”

Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said along with getting pressure on Cutler, Seattle’s defense must make sure they contain running back Matt Forte, who only has 83 rushing yards on the year so far but is capable of a big game. “He’s got good shakes,” Bradley said. “He can make people miss once he gets in the open field. He’s a strong runner. He’s a very good back for them and we don’t want him to get going against us."

Offensive line coach Mike Solari said that offensive tackle Brandon Frye did a nice job in replacing Sean Locklear in the San Francisco game last week, and that his strength is his athleticism. Solari also said the offensive line isn’t where he would like them to be in the execution of the team’s zone running scheme.Seattle currently ranks 13th overall in rushing, averaging 116.5 yards a contest.

“We have a long ways to go,” Solari said. “The key thing with our run game is getting more consistent. It’s just a matter of working our tracks, and just repping it out and being more consistent in our techniques.

“So we have a ways to go to develop it so that we’re consistent in the run game. That’s what we want to be – a consistent running team.”