Seahawks Insider Blog

Seahawks back on the field to prepare for Thursday's opener vs. Packers; will set practice squad this afternoon

The Seahawks are in meetings and getting the full game plan this morning for Thursday's NFL opening showcase game against Green Bay at CenturyLink Field. They will be back on the practice field in Renton late this morning following two days off the field. I'll be watching for Percy Harvin; the wide receiver was gone Tuesday into this weekend with what the team has termed a "personal matter." If he's not back this morning, then that becomes an issue.

This afternoon we in the media get Packers coach Mike McCarthy and, we expect, quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the regular opponent conference calls each team has once per game week during the regular season. Rodgers has done only a couple of these calls in a while -- he missed nine games of last season with a broken collarbone. Thursday will be his third game since last Nov. 4, when he got hurt on a Monday night against Chicago.

Also today the Seahawks and every other team will begin assembling their practice squad. Expecting names like running back Demitrius Bronson, wide receiver Arceto Clark and center Patrick Lewis on that list. Benson Mayowa was reportedly claimed this morning by Oakland, so he may be back in Seattle on Nov. 2 when the Raiders play at the Seahawks. I don't expect wide receiver/punt returner Bryan Walters, perhaps the last of the Seahawks' cuts yesterday, to go unclaimed during this waiver period that ends today.

--Here is the story I wrote in today's News Tribune detailing the cuts -- and the surprise that the Seahawks kept Phil Bates over Walters as the last of seven wide receivers on the regular-season roster. Seven could become six at that position once rookie Kevin Norwood (operation this month on a bone spur in his foot) is back fully practicing, perhaps as early as this week.

--As of noon today the only known Seahawks to be claimed were DE Benson Mayowa (by OAK), OL Caylin Hauptmann (by CLE).

--Rookie MLB Brock Coyle has a new jersey number for making the team: 52. TE Cooper Helfet is now 84.