A recap of the day’s activities:
The bye week. The Seahawks’ bye has officially ended, but not before they got in three practices – including one this morning – got an extended weekend off and also got healthier.
“I thought they came back focused and did a nice job,” coach Jim Mora said. “It was good to get a little extra work in. We were able to have three additional workouts through the course of the bye and that will help us as a football team.”
As far as getting healthier, cornerback Marcus Trufant and linebacker Leroy Hill returned to practice last week, when the players worked on Tuesday and Wednesday. Those were Trufant’s first practices, because he’s on the physically unable to perform list with a lower back problem; and the first since the week before the opener for Hill, who tore a groin in that game.
“Leroy and Trufant both practiced today, and they’re both doing very well,” Mora said.
Today, cornerback Kelly Jennings was back after sitting out last week because of a sore hip and rib, as was left guard Rob Sims, who has missed the past two games with a sprained ankle.
“It will help us, no question, but he’s been out for a while,” Mora said when asked about Sims. “Any time you can get a good football player on the field it helps you.”
On Jennings, Mora said, “He looked like he was moving around well. I didn’t see him limping or favoring anything. So he should be good to go.”
Left tackle. This week began as last week ended – with Damion McIntosh working at that pivotal spot with the starting line. Mora labeled Walter Jones (knee) and Sean Locklear (ankle) “iffy” for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys in Dallas, so McIntosh likely will make his first start for the Seahawks.
McIntosh, who was signed Oct. 13, has started 111 games for three other teams (Chiefs, Dolphins and Chargers). But he also had been out of the league since early September, when the Chiefs released him on their final roster cut.
“He was able to get three practices in, plus some additional meeting time and some extra field time with coach (Mike) Solari, so that will help him,” Mora said. “He still hasn’t played in a game in quite a long time, so there’s always that adjustment. But it was good for us to get this time, for him especially.”
If McIntosh goes against the Cowboys, he will be the fourth starter – and fifth option – at the position this season.
A LITTLE Q&A
Q: Matt in Graham asks, “Do you see Justin Forsett playing a bigger role in the offense as the season goes on?”
A: Forsett had 18 carries (for a 5.7-yard average) and 10 receptions in the first six games, when he was used primarily as the third-down back. But as he continues to produce in that role, the coaches will find other ways to use his special talents. He is listed at 5 feet 8, but Forsett plays bigger. He is a willing – and effective – blocker in picking up blitzes. He can be very elusive, especially when getting the ball in space on screen passes. But Forsett also has the power to break tackles when used in a more tradition way.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I got to watch just a little of it. I had games that I was committed to yesterday that weren’t football games. But I did get to watch a little bit of it toward the end, and they’re an impressive football team. They looked good in all three phases.” – Mora, on the Cowboys’ 37-21 victory over the Falcons on Sunday