Similar to last week, Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was a limited participant in practice this week, taking reps during 9-on-7 running drills and according to head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, taking reps and throwing the ball during walk through.
Bevell said the team will walk a fine line between getting Jackson ready to play, but pushing him too much so that he re-injures the strained pectoral muscle that kept him out of the Cleveland game.
“You’re always trying to walk the line of how much do you give them because you’d love him to have every single rep,” Bevell said. “You want him to have those looks .You’re just not going to do it.
“He had a bunch of reps this morning in the walk-through. We tried to give him some of those, and he did throw some of the balls in there. So then he comes out here and he gets some of the 9-on-7s and different periods. We’re trying to give him as much as we can, and then we’ve got to determine day by day really is how much he can get if he’s going to be physically able to play in the game.
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Whithurst took most of the reps wiht the first unit during practice, with third stringer Josh Portis once again taking a handful or reps with the first team.
Bevell was asked how he thought Whithurst played against Cleveland, and had this to say.
“He played fine,” Bevell said about Whitehurst. “I think he can play better. I think he’d be the first one to tell you he could play better. There were some plays that he missed, but some plays that he made that guys on the other end didn’t make it for him as well.
“So basically it comes back to a collective effort. Everybody needs to step up when you have guys that aren’t in the lineup, and different starters at different positions. The next guys got to be able to step up and make plays.”
So is it Jackson’s call if he’s ready?
“It probably comes down to that at this point,” Bevell said. “Because the injury is something that there’s really not a lot of background on, and so we have to go by how he feels, and how he feels he can perform. There’s as certain level that you have to be able to meet obviously. And so he’ll have to tell us how close he is to that.”
Bevell also talked about weighing the risk of Jackson’s re-injuring the pectoral muscle and being out for a long time versus playing.
“That’s why we have the great doctors and medical staff in there to be able to tell us that, “Bevell said. “And I think to be able to even tell T-Jack that – how far he can push it, and how far he can take it. And I really think in this case they’re going off a lot on what T-Jack is telling them, because there’s not a long history with quarterbacks that have tried to plays with this specific injury.”
Along with Jackson, running back Marshawn Lynch (back), tight end Zach Miller (neck/head) and center Max Unger (foot) were limited participants in practice.
Cornerback Brandon Browner (non-injury related) did not practice. Safety Kam Chancellor (back) was a full participant.
For Cincinnati, LB Thomas Howard (hamstring) and LB Rey Maualuga (ankle) did not practice. CB Nate Clements (knee) and LB Dan Skuta (groin) were limited participants.
And cornerback Kelly Jennings (hamstring) and cornerback Adam Jones (neck) were full participants. Jonnes is eligible to come off the PUP list and could play in his first game of the year this week against Seattle.