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Hawks ready for attacking Cardinals squad

Cornerback Kelly Jennings (hamstring), defensive end Dexter Davis (hamstring) and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (calf) did not practice today.

Cornerback Marcus Trufant (ankle) also practiced on a limited basis but appeared more of a preventative measure to rest the sore ankle and likely will be ready to go on Sunday.

One guy we haven’t seen practice since the offseason, rookie free agent pickup cornerback Josh Pinkard, was out on the field today. Pinkard has knee surgery during his final season at USC in December and was placed on the reserve PUP list after serving on the active PUP during training camp. Pinkard worked with the scout team today, and the team now has a three-week window to evaluate him before either placing him on the active roster or putting him on the season-ending injured reserve list.

We also had a Jameson Konz sighting at practice today, who the team placed on the season-ending injured reserve during training camp with hip condition.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talked about facing an Arizona team that he expects will play an aggressive, attacking style on Sunday. The Cardinals have struggled so far offensively, with rookie quarterback Max Hall now leading them. But they’re 3-2 because they have been opportunistic on defense, scoring 28 points off turnovers so far this season.

“We see a team in Arizona that really attacks you,” Carroll said. “They’re very aggressive, and they make things happen in all phases of their style of football. And they can beat you a number of ways, so we have to really be good all the way across the board, in all phases because you don’t know where it’s going to come from.”

Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said the Cardinals have been very supportive of their quarterback.

“The team is really rallying around him,” Bradley said. “Even on the field, if he gets hit there’s two guys helping him up. It’s like they really want him to do well, be successful. So they’ve kind rallied around him, and I think that’s what you’ve seen in the games. He doesn’t make many mistakes. He knows where to go with the ball and he’s done a solid job for them.”

However, Bradley understands the Cardinals have transitioned to more of a running team since Kurt Warner left, relying on a power run game led by Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower.

“They’ve got a real good, strong and physical offensive line,” he said. “And that’s what their strength is, trying to run behind those guys. Now in some of those games they go behind. They were beat by San Diego 41-10 and they got behind against Atlanta, and that’s not what they want to do. They don’t want to go out there and have to catch up and throw. They like that game that’s close, when they can pound it and pound it, and trust their defense is going to come up with some big plays and win games that way.”

In terms of injuries the Cardinals appear to be getting healthy, similar to what the Hawks did a week before during their bye week.

WR Steve Breaston (knee), WR Early Doucet (groin), DE Kenny Iwebema (knee), LB Reggie Walker (hamstring) and WR Stephen Williams (back) were all limited participants in practice.

S Matt Ware (ankle) was a full participant.