A recap of the day’s activities:
Josh Wilson. Remember when the third-year cornerback got a high ankle sprain against the 49ers in San Francisco 11 days ago? The original prognosis was that Wilson would be sidelined until possibly the bye week.
Guess who was back at practice today, working in individual drills and running along the sideline during the full-team drills?
“Say a couple prayers and a lot of things happen,” Wilson said in the locker room, where he was walking without even a hint of a limp.
Wilson also had a high ankle sprain as a rookie and he missed only one game.
“Every day, you go out there and see what you can do,” Wilson said. “Every day, it’s gotten better. That’s always a good thing, especially in this league. Whenever you sit over there in that pool, there aren’t going to be too many days that you’re going to be in this locker room.”
Wilson was starting at left cornerback because Marcus Trufant remains on the physically unable to perform list with a bulging disc in his back. Kelly Jennings was the starter against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. But when right cornerback Ken Lucas had to leave the game after aggravating a strained groin, Travis Fisher took over. So when the Seahawks went to their nickel, free safety Jordan Babineaux stepped up to cover the slot receiver and veteran Lawyer Milloy took over for Babineaux.
Needless to say, getting Wilson back in even a limited role for this week’s game against the Colts in Indianapolis would be a giant step in the right direction.
So in Wilson’s mind he is playing this week?
“In my mind, I’m going to keep going out there and do what I can do and let the chips fall how they fall,” he said.
Offensive line. The mixing and matching continues for line coach Mike Solari. At various points in practice, Ray Willis played right and left tackle; Steve Vallos was at guard and center; Max Unger worked at both guard spots; and practice-squad tackle Kyle Williams also worked on both sides.
That will happen when Brandon Frye and Rob Sims – the left side of the line – are out with injuries that are not expected to sideline them against the Colts.
The club also signed a couple of linemen to the practice squad – tackle Na’Shan Goddard and guard Brian De La Puente – just so there were be enough bodies to practice against the Seahawks defense. They had been with the team in training camp.
When the Oakland Raiders released Louis Rankin last week, they told the former University of Washington running back that they wanted to sign him to their practice squad.
But then the Seahawks called with the same offer, and Rankin jumped at the chance to return to the Seattle area.
“This is definitely nice, I’m back in my old stomping ground,” Rankin said after his first practice with the Seahawks. “It was just a real blessing to come here.”
The official report, as released by the team:
- LB Leroy Hill (groin)
- OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
Did not practice
- FS Jordan Babineaux (shoulder)
- OT Brandon Frye (groin)
- FB Justin Griffith (knee)
- QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib)
- OT Walter Jones (knee)
- OG Rob Sims (oblique)
- CB Ken Lucas (groin)
- CB Josh Wilson (ankle)
- MLB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring)
First, the good news: Tatupu was back after missing last week’s game and most of the game against the 49ers. That’s huge, with all the things the Colts defense can throw at a defense.
Coach Jim Mora said he also expects Frye, Lucas, Sims and Babineaux to play against the Colts.
The word wasn’t as good concerning Hasselbeck and Jones. Mora said he is planning that neither will play this week.
Defensive tackle Cory Redding was excused from practice and is expected to return Thursday.
YOU DON’T SAY
“To him, even if a guy is covered, he’s open.” – defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, on Colts QB Peyton Manning