The Hawks had a short practice Friday inside the facility. Marcus Trufant (back) is back in full action. There's still a question about the readiness of linebacker Will Herring (hamstring, questionable). Trufant said the issue was "back spasms" and not related to the back injury that cost him so much time last year.
Pete Carroll said that it's unusual that the Hawks may be healthier than they have been most of the season. "This is as healthy as we've been in a long time," Carroll said. "We're fortunate in that this late in the year to have our guys available to us."
The problem that landed defensive lineman Junior Siavii on the IR is "an issue with his spinal cord," Carroll said. "He took a real good shot and it was just for precaustions to make sure that he's going to be well and make a good recovery. He's not in any danger at all in that regard. he just needs time." Siavii had bounced outside to take the 5 technique that Red Bryant had mastered. Now, Kentwan Balmer and Jay Richardson will be tossed into the rotation up front, Carroll said.
Carroll said that he thought Matt Hasselbeck had a very good week with a good, professional attitude. "He put stuff behind him and was very focused, upbeat, and very much looking forward to having a good game and doing the things that we want him to do."
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The team has traveled on Fridays for long road trips, but is leaving Saturday morning this time. The kickoff at 4 p.m. Eastern Time made that schedule possible.