Russell Wilson, a University of Wisconsin product, will make his first trip to Lambeau Field when the Seattle Seahawks travel to Green Bay this Friday to face the Packers.
Wilson only played one season for the Badgers, and actually was scheduled to attend a Green Bay game during the time his team practiced in anticipation of the Rose Bowl.
However, Wilson said the Badgers had a bad practice on Saturday, and then head coach Bret Bielema made the team practice again on Sunday, so he couldn’t attend the game.
“I’m excited to go,” Wilson said. “It’s a great stadium, obviously. We’re playing a great football team. Obviously, I have a lot respect for them. I have a lot of respect for their fans, too. And it’s going to be a good game.
“For us, it’s a business trip. We have to be able to play our best football game come Friday.”
Wilson said it’s nice to have tight end Zach Miller back. Seattle’s starting quarterback said having Miller’s consistency back in the fold has been huge for the offense.
“Zach’s so competitive,” Wilson said. “He’s so physical. He’s a playmaker. He does the right thing. When you have a guy out there at the tight end position who just does the right thing all the time, you want that. You need that. And that’s what we have in Zach for sure.”
Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn talked a little bit about new addition defensive tackle Sealver Siliga.
At 6-2 and 325 pounds, Siliga got a good push as an interior rusher during one-on-one pass rush drills.
“I liked the way he came out to work,” Quinn said. “You could see his strength, and it transferred right down to the grass. We had him in on 9-on-7. … A true pro in the way he worked and started. So we’re off to a good start.”
Quinn said that Siliga is working at 3-tech and nose in the team’s base defense.
Quinn also talked about O’Brien Schofield’s evolving role. Schofield initially worked at SAM linebacker when he joined the team, but now has been working more at Leo defensive end as well.
“We started him off at linebacker, knowing there was more involved in that position, in terms of the learning and the coverage, more so than Leo,” Quinn said. “So we thought that would be the better transition –start him at SAM – that’s what we’ve done in the offseason with the rest of the guys with Cliff (Avril) and with Bruce. So we started him there to get more turns, more familiarity, and then we moved him back to Leo.
“They’re similar, but the SAM has more coverage responsibility, so that’s where we usually start the guys.”
Injury updateDL Jesse Williams (knee), FB Mike Robinson (sickness), WR Steven Williams (undisclosed), Bryan Walters (hamstring) and Jordan Hill (arm) did not practice today.
DB Antoine Winfield appeared to suffer a knee injury midway through practice, and watched the rest of the way from the sideline. CB Richard Sherman also appeared to suffer what looked like a heel injury battling with WR Golden Tate for the ball on a fade route in the end zone.
DE Chris Clemons (knee), DL Greg Scruggs (knee), CB Tharold Simon (foot) and WR Percy Harvin (hip) remain on the PUP list. LB Korey Toomer (hip) remains on the non-football injury list.