A recap of the day’s activities:
Sean Locklear. Progress is relative when you’re dealing with a severe high ankle sprain. That’s why Locklear’s limited participation in practice today was significant as he attempts to return to the starting lineup after missing the past five games.
“Just getting back on the field and doing a little bit of work was the next step,” said Locklear, who will step in at left tackle when fully recovered. “It’s getting better. But it’s a process. And the next step in the rehab was just getting back on the field.”
Coach Jim Mora is hopeful that Locklear will be able to do more in practice Thursday and Friday. But it’s likely that Damion McIntosh will start for the second consecutive week when the Seahawks host the Detroit Lions at Qwest Field on Sunday.
“If Sean can come back, realistically to have him start and play would be hard to ask of him,” offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said. “I don’t think that would be fair to him. But to be a third (tackle) for us might be a possibility.”
Even without Locklear, there will be some semblance of stability on the line this week because the Seahawks could start the same unit in back-to-back games for the first time since Week 2. Since then, they have started three players at left tackle, three at left guard and Chris Spencer has returned at center after missing the first two games.
“I’m kind of excited this week, because for the second week in a row we might actually have the same offensive line,” Knapp said.
McIntosh’s performance in his first start against the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday also was a source of satisfaction.
“Damion did a good job,” Knapp said. “He had his work cut out in the pass rush because both those outside ’backers (DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer) are very good.
“Overall, Damion did well for a guy who hadn’t played in about two months. He changed up his pass sets. He would quick set a guy; he would deep set a guy. So that defensive lineman didn’t know exactly what was coming at him.”
CAN’T TELL THE PLAYERS …
Even with a program. That almost was the case today, after the Seahawks made nine roster moves on Tuesday.
Wide receiver Mike Hass (No. 18), cornerback Roy Lewis (No. 34) and safety Jamar Adams (No. 25) are now on the 53-man roster, elevated from the practice squad to fill the spots that opened when running back Edgerrin James and defensive backs C.J. Wallace and Travis Fisher were released.
Running back Devin Moore (No. 30) and cornerbacks Trae Williams (No. 29) and DeAngelo Willingham (No. 41) filled the three open spots on the practice squad.
Moore was on the practice squad earlier this season and stepped back into his familiar role of playing the part of the opposition’s running back – and being pushed around in practice by the Seahawks defense.
“This might sound crazy, but I missed it,” he said with a smile. “It’s great to be back.”
Linebacker Julian Peterson will be at Qwest Field on Sunday – as member of the Lions, after the Seahawks traded the Pro Bowl linebacker to Detroit in March for defensive lineman Cory Redding.
Does Peterson miss Seattle? “I miss some of my guys, my guys on the team, stuff like that,” he said today during a telephone interview. “And the fans were great out there. But I can’t do anything about it.”
While with the Seahawks, Peterson had a habit of pointing to his name on the back of his jersey with both hands after making a big play – especially when the Seahawks played the 49ers, Peterson’s team for the first six seasons of his career.
Asked about Peterson, Mora smiled and offered, “Right now, Julian is thinking about doing this (pointing to the name on the back of his jersey). Our objective is not to let him do this (pointing to his back again).”
The official report, as released by the team:
DID NOT PRACTICE
- FB Justin Griffith (not injury related)
- WR Ben Obomanu (oblique)
LIMITED IN PRACTICE
- QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib)
- LB Will Herring (shoulder)
- OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
- FS Jordan Babineaux (hip)
For the Lions, RB Kevin Smith (shoulder) did not practice, while six players were limited: FB Jerome Felton (ankle), DE Jason Hunter (ankle), DT Grady Jackson (knee), WR Calvin Johnson (knee), QB Matthew Stafford (knee) and DE Dewayne White (hamstring).
YOU DON’T SAY
“Well, the first thing we need to do is we need to be ready for the Qwest Field crowd. We know that’s a tough place to play. We’re going to have to be up at the beginning of the game and make sure that that’s not an issue for our offense.” – Lions coach Jim Schwartz, when asked about preparing to play the Seahawks