Wednesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Walter Jones. The team’s Pro Bowl left tackle returned to the practice field for the first time since having a cleanout procedure on his surgically repaired left knee last month.

Jones was limited to a few individual drills in the first half of practice, even though he was listed as not practcing on the official injury report. But it was a needed next step in getting him back into the lineup – perhaps as early as Sunday’s game against the 49ers in San Francisco.

“We’ll decide as we go through the week what his status is for the game,” coach Jim Mora said.

Jones has not played since the game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day last year. He missed the final four games after it was determined that he needed microfracture surgery.

Does Jones need to participate fully in practice before he plays?

“Walt just has to tell us he’s ready to go,” Mora said. “No one knows his body as well as he does. We’ll let him tell us when he’s ready to go. He’ll make the right decision.”

BING’S THE THING

The players will be sporting patches on their practice jerseys the rest of the season to promote a new partnership with Microsoft’s Bing – the official decision engine of the team.

“The Seahawks and Bing are a perfect brand match and we’re proud to connect the ‘decision engine’ with our decision engine – the coaches and players on the practice field,” CEO Tod Leiweke said. “We viewed the available space on our practice jersey as sacred, not simply a billboard opportunity, and reserved it for only a truly authentic brand match with a partner that shares our core values. There is not a better fit in our minds than with friends and neighbors at Microsoft and Bing.”

As strong safety Deon Grant was leaving the practice field, someone said, “How’s it going, Bing?”

Grant responded with a puzzled look, before he realized the patches look like name tags. Then he started gesturing to the teammates around him and saying, “Hey Bing. Hey Bing. Hey Bing.”

POSITION WAT CH

Linebacker. Will Herring’s stint as a starter will be longer than originally anticipated. That’s because Leroy Hill has what Mora called a “pretty significant groin injury,” that will sideline him until after the team’s Week 7 bye.

Monday, it was thought that Hill would miss at least two games. But additional tests revealed a slight tear in the groin.

“That’s a blow,” Mora said. “But fortunately, we’ve got some good players that can fill in for him.”

So Hill will be the starter on the weak side until Hill can return.

INJURY REPORT

The official report released by the team:

Did not practice

  • C Chris Spencer (thigh)
  • WR Deion Branch (hamstring)
  • LB Leroy Hill (groin)
  • WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (back spasms)
  • MLB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring)
  • OT Walter Jones (knee)
  • CB Travis Fisher (hamstring)

Full practice

  • S C.J. Wallace (rib)

ROSTER MOVES

Defensive end Derek Walker has been signed to the practice squad. He was released from the 53-man roster on Monday, when veteran linebacker D.D. Lewis was re-signed.

Safety Jamar Adams was released from the practice squad to clear a spot for Walker.

YOU DON’T SAY

“It was cool to see Mike Singletary at the combine. It would be cool to see Mike Singletary at the grocery store.” – rookie linebacker Aaron Curry, when asked if it would be cool to look across the sideline at Candlestick Park on Sunday and see the Hall of Fame linebacker turned 49ers coach on the other sideline


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