A recap of the day’s activities:
Marcus Trufant. The Seahawks’ cornerback began his day by going to school with Sami Patterson, a fifth grader at Wellington Elementary in Woodinville, as part of the NFL’s “Take a Player to School” program.
Trufant, who grew up in Tacoma, picked Patterson up in a limo and later spoke to students about the importance of good health, leading them through fitness activities as part of the league’s “Play 60” campaign to promote daily exercise.
If anyone knows about a daily workout regime, it’s Trufant. He has spent the past 14 weeks rehabbing a lower back issue that has kept him on the physically unable to perform list since training camp opened in late July.
Trufant returned to practice last week, during the Seahawks’ bye, and appears ready to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Just how much and in what role, however, remains to be seen.
“It’s a matter of building up some endurance,” coach Jim Mora said after Monday’s practice. “He hasn’t played football in a long, long time.”
Trufant’s last game was the Seahawks’ season finale last year. Since then, he took part in the spring minicamps and OTA sessions. But more recently, his activity has focused on running up the berm adjacent to the practice fields and lengthy rehab sessions in the training room.
“He can go out and run up that hill, run 100 (-yard dashes), things like that,” Mora said. “But having a play run at you every 30 or 40 seconds at that position can be difficult. So we need to see where he is endurance-wise.
“Obviously, he’s got to knock some of the rust off in terms of his technique. But he’s doing that. He’s worked hard.”
When the decision is made to activate Trufant, the club will have to make a roster move to clear a spot for him.
Tight end. The Seahawks will face one of the best, if not the best, in the league in the Cowboys’ Jason Witten. He caught nine passes for 115 yards and a touchdown against them in the Thanksgiving Day game last season. This season, Witten leads the Cowboys with 33 receptions.
John Carlson was one of the Seahawks’ bright spots in that 34-9 loss last year, catching six passes for a career-best 105 yards. Carlson picked up where he left off this season, with six receptions in each of the first two games. He also had six in the pre-bye loss to the Arizona Cardinals. But he had 10 receptions combined in the other three games because injury problems on the offensive line have forced the coaches to use Carlson in pass protection.
A LITTLE Q&A
Q: Matt in Washington asks, “I honestly think we should go out and get a QB high in the draft next year, or you think we should stick with Mike Teel?”
A: “Sticking” with Mike Teel will not preclude the Seahawks from going after another quarterback in next year’s draft – especially if the right QB is there at the right time. Some have perceived Teel as being the team’s “quarterback of the future” because he was the only addition at the position. But he also was a sixth-round draft choice. Of course, so where Matt Hasselbeck and Tom Brady. But the idea behind selecting Teel was not to provide a long-term answer at the position. The team needed a third QB to develop – one who could learn while working behind Hasselbeck and Seneca Wallace – and they liked what they saw in Teel.
YOU DON’T SAY
“No update right now on Lofa. Still in a holding pattern. We’ll see. We’ll evaluate what the best decision is for Lofa.” – Mora, on the status of middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who damaged his left pectoral in the pre-bye game against the Cardinals