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Morning Links: Trufant light on his feet

TNT columnist Dave Boling takes a closer look at Tacoma native cornerback Marcus Trufant’s return to the field, and says he looks ready to play against Dallas on Sunday.

Boling:

“He hasn’t played football in a long, long time,” coach Jim Mora said. “He hasn’t been in a game since our last game last year. He didn’t do much in the offseason in terms of being able to condition for football. So we need to see where he is endurance-wise. Obviously, he’s got to knock some of the rust off in terms of his technique, but he’s doing that, and he’s worked hard.”

Technique? No problem there. Covering receivers in practice Monday, Trufant showed the fluid moves that made him such a high draft pick, retreating at speed, swiveling the hips on the turn, and closing the gap at the receiver’s break.

Mora was cautious in his evaluation, saying the Seahawks were going to wait until Saturday or Sunday to decide how much Trufant will play. But Trufant sure looked up to speed in practice.

My story today focuses on the possible return of Walter Jones, including a rehash of the time he’s missed this season.

Gregg Bell of the Associated Press says quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has yet to develop that same rapport he had with Bobby Engram with new receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Bell reports Housh’s 31 receptions is the lowest total he’s had at this point of the season since 2004.

Clare Farnsworth talks to linebacker David Hawthorne, a Texas native who will start against his favorite team growing up on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys.

Hawthorne talks to KJR’s Ian Furness in this audio link.

Rod Mar of Seahawks.com provides these photos from the Arizona game two weeks ago.

Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post stirs the pot with speculation that Mike Holmgren’s preference for a return to the league could be as GM of the Seahawks, with current GM Tim Ruskell in the last year of his contract.

David Moore of the Dallas Morning News says the Cowboys impressive win over Atlanta last week now has the team, this week’s opponent for Seattle, in position to compete for an NFC East division crown.

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