A recap of the day’s activities:
D.D. Lewis. So what does a football player do when he’s not playing football? The veteran linebacker got a taste of life on the other side when he was released Sept. 5 on the final roster cut to 53 players.
“I was just relaxing with the family, looking at football and hoping to get a call,” Lewis said after practice.
His period of unemployment didn’t last long. When starting linebacker Leroy Hill went down with a groin injury in Sunday’s opener, the call went out to Lewis – immediately after the game.
“When I saw Leroy go down, I was hoping and it didn’t take long for the call to come,” Lewis said. “I’m glad to be back. This is home for me.”
Lewis learned that the hard way in 2007, when he signed with the Denver Broncos in free agency. He was back with the Seahawks in 2008.
“I love this organization,” he said. “I love everything the Seahawks really stand for, and what we’re trying to build here. “
With Will Herring stepping in for Hill, who is not expected to return until after the Week 7 bye, Lewis will step in for Herring on special teams in Sunday’s game against the 49ers in San Francisco.
“For me, it doesn’t matter,” Lewis said. “Whatever I can do, I just want to be able to contribute.”
The Seahawks and Lewis are just glad he was still around to be able to do it.
Defensive tackle. Only three were active for the opener against the Rams – starters Cole Cole and Brandon Mebane, as well as Craig Terrill. Red Bryant was among the seven inactive players.
The fact that ends Cory Redding and Lawrence Jackson can slide inside played into the decision. But so did what Terrill brings to the mix.
“We felt like Craig Terrill was a guy we wanted to have active,” coach Jim Mora said. “He’s pretty versatile, playing nose, playing the three technique and he has pass-rush skills. We thought it might get into that type of game eventually.”
Which it did, as the Rams threw 21 passes and ran the ball seven times in the second half, after a 15-11 split in the first half.
“I think it’s something I can bring to the team and the defensive line,” Terrill said. “We’ve got a lot of great pass-rushers, so with all of us kicking at full speed we can get some good pressure.”
That has been the mantra for Terrill’s unit since Mora took over as head coach in January and Gus Bradley was hired as the defensive coordinator: Bring the heat.
“It’s a focus every game,” Terrill said. “It helped us in the Rams game and I think it will help us this week, too, to create that pressure.”
The official report, as released by the team:
- LB Leroy Hill (groin)
Did not practice
- WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (back spasms)
- C Chris Spencer (quadriceps)
- LB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring)
- DT Brandon Mebane (calf)
- WR Deion Branch (hamstring)
- CB Travis Fisher (hamstring)
- OT Walter Jones (knee)
- S C.J. Wallace (rib)
Branch was back for the first time since straining his hamstring 11 days ago, while Fisher got some work for the first time since injuring his hamstring in the second preseason game. Jones took some snaps in team drills for the first time since having a cleanout procedure on his surgically repaired left knee last month.
STAT DU JOUR
After his first nine pass attempts against the Rams, Matt Hasselbeck’s rating was 39.8 (5 of 9 for 67 yards, with two interceptions). After that, however, his rating was 141.6 (20 of 25 for 212 yards, with three touchdown passes and no interceptions).
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“He can get on rhythm and be very effective. If you give him time and let him sit back there, he’s very effective. So just like every week, regardless of who we’re playing, we’ve got get pressure on him and get him to where he’s out of his comfort level.” – Bradley, when asked about 49ers QB Shaun Hill, who is 8-3 as a starter