A recap of the day’s activities:
Reinforcements. Marcus Trufant and Leroy Hill were back on the practice field this morning – Trufant for the first time this season and Hill for the first time since the season opener.
Talk about a good bye week.
“Good to see those guys out there,” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “It’s real early in the process, but it’s just good to see them back out there practicing. … I think it brought some energy back to the team.”
Trufant, a Pro Bowl cornerback, has been on the physically unable to perform list since before training camp started with a lower back problem. He’s still there, technically, since today was the start of a three-week window where he can practice with the team. Trufant can be activated at any time during that span.
But mentally, he’s back – and ready to go.
“I want to play right now. I wish we had a game this week,” he said when asked about the post-bye Nov. 1 game against the Cowboys in Dallas. “But it’s one of those things. I’m working hard and I hope that I can play in Dallas. We’re going to kind of see how things go.”
Hill, the starting weak-side linebacker, tore a groin muscle in the opening-day win over the St. Louis Rams. Getting Hill back coincides with the loss of middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who damaged a pectoral muscle in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals. So it makes Hill’s return even more significant.
“Now I’m the oldest linebacker on the field,” Hill said. “So I’m going to try and pull my two young guys with me – Aaron (Curry) and Dave (Hawthorne). We’ve got a first-year guy and a second-year guy, so it will be interesting out there because Lofa has been out there leading them. So now I’m going to try and step up and take that role that Lofa is leaving behind.”
Left tackle. Redundant? Yes. But necessary? Definitely. That’s because the Seahawks could use option No. 5 at this pivotal position when they play the Cowboys in Dallas on Nov. 1.
Damion McIntosh, who just joined the team last week, was working at left tackle with the No. 1 line in practice. Sean Locklear, Brandon Frye and Kyle Williams already have started there in the first six games because Walter Jones remains sidelined.
“The more reps I get, the more comfortable I am with the guys,” said McIntosh, who got very few snaps with the No. 1 line last week. “I’m still getting in game shape and getting into a rhythm with everybody.”
Seven players still are sidelined: Jones (knee), Locklear (ankle), guard Rob Sims (ankle), defensive end Patrick Kerney (groin), defensive backs Kelly Jennings (rib, hip) and C.J. Wallace (hamstring) and Tatupu.
There will be no official injury reports this week because the Seahawks do not have a game.
A LITTLE Q&A
Q: Mike Jr. in Seattle asks, “My question is about Walter Jones. Experts say he’s not going to play or be put in a position to play until he thinks he’s back to his old Pro Bowl Walter performance. So when is he ever going to play? He’s almost 40 and a 300-pound offensive lineman.”
A: Big Walt’s saga is multilayered. First, he turned 35 in January, and is listed at 325 pounds. Jones had microfracture surgery on his left knee in December and spent the offseason rehabbing from that. Once he got on the practice field in training camp, he started experiencing back spasms. Once recovered from that, the knee started giving him trouble and he had a cleanout procedure in August. There was pain in the knee recently – a situation not helped by the fact that a kidney condition prevents Jones from taking anti-inflammatory medication – so the medical staff shut him down. He is expected to return to practice soon, but the question now is how long it will take to get him into football shape.
CATS ’N DAWGS
While Trufant has been sidelined for the Seahawks, another Trufant has been making a name for himself – Desmond, Marcus’ youngest brother, who is starting as a true freshman for the University of Washington.
“He’s doing a great job, and more power to him,” Trufant said. “I hope he keeps getting it done, even though he’s a Husky.”
Trufant, of course played at Washington State.
“No influence,” Trufant said when asked if he couldn’t have steered Desmond to Pullman. “He’s a grown man, so I let him make his own decisions.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“He’s a quarterback, I’m a DB. So I kind of see myself as a little bit better athlete – at times.” – Trufant, when asked if he has been doing some of the same core-body strengthening exercises that Matt Hasselbeck did while rehabbing his back injury last season