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Mora on OT Jones: Still iffy on when he will return

The Seahawks practiced this morning, and there were still no signs of when offensive tackles Walter Jones or Sean Locklear will return to the field.

Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said Jones (knee) is still iffy on whether he will return this week or thereafter.

“We’ll see where he is Wednesday,” Mora said about Jones. “There’s always the hope, but we’ll see. I don’t know for sure yet.”

Mora said the same about Locklear (ankle). Both came out to watch the end of practice after finishing rehab for their injuries.

Asked how long it would take for Jones to get ready for a game, Mora said he was not certain.

“He just needs to get some work and then feel comfortable,” Mora said. “It would be nice if he could practice for three or four days ago and then play, but I’m not sure if that’s going to happen or not.

“I can tell you this about Walt -- he’s diligent in his rehab. He’s doing everything you can possibly do to try and get back on the football field – there’s no question about that. It’s a very frustrating process for him, as well as all of us. But it’s certainly not for lack of toughness, certainly not for lack of effort and due diligence in terms of doing the work that he needs to do.”

Asked if there was a make or break point in terms of making a decision on Jones, Mora acknowledged there is, and that the team and Jones are nearing that date. But Mora did not provide a date.

“There is a point where you just have to say, ‘Is it going to happen, or isn’t it?’” Mora said. “We’re not there yet, but certainly we’re closer to it. It’s just a mater of getting a gauge for where Walt feels he is. And we’re in the process of evaluating that.”

If Jones and Locklear can’t go, that leaves the left tackle position to newcomer Damion McIntosh. Mora said the veteran offensive lineman is coming along in terms of learning Seattle’s offensive system.

“He still hasn’t played in a game in quite a long time,” Mora said. “So there’s always that adjustment. But it’s good for us to get this time, for him especially.”

Center Chris Spencer said the fact that McIntosh is a veteran that has played in the league helps in terms of the communication on the field.

“He might be the guy,” Spencer said. “From Day 1 he’s been in, and we’ve been talking. He’s been trying to hear my calls and I’ve been telling him what I’m doing, and why I’m doing it. And he seems to pick it up pretty fast.

“You know, he’s a veteran guy. And football is football. It’s different terminology changes, but the rest of it you just got to go out and play football.”

* Offensive guard Rob Sims was back at practice working in individual drills, and could be ready on Sunday, giving the Seahawks some more stability on the left side of the line.

* Linebacker Leroy Hill and cornerback Marcus Trufant both practice and looked like they’re on pace to play on Sunday. However, Mora indicated the team will take its time in bringing Trufant back. The team has until Saturday to make a roster move in order to add him to the 53-man roster, so they want to make sure he’s ready to go.

* Mora said quarterback Matt Hasselbeck did not do a lot today in terms of practice, but is fine and should be OK to play this week.

* As far as linebacker Lofa Tatupu and whether or not he will have surgery to fix a partially torn pectoral muscle, Mora said the team and Tatupu are still evaluating the options.

* Cornerback Travis Fisher did not practice today due to family obligations he had to take care of, but is expected back this week.

* Mora said Patrick Kerney did not practice today, but the team his hopeful he can return from a groin injury this week.

* Kelly Jennings (hip, ribs) practiced today and Mora said he should be good to go this week.