A recap of the day’s activities:
The long snapper. And we’re not talking Kelly Jennings, the cornerback who had to handle a third-quarter snap in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
No, it’s Kevin Houser, the intended snapper who got a collapsed lung during the game and had to spend the night in the hospital. In fact, Houser is still there.
“I did talk to Kevin (today). He was feeling better,” coach Jim Mora said. “He was watching ‘Ren and Stimpy’ with his kids in the hospital.”
Houser was injured covering a punt in the first half, but continued to snap until it was deemed he was done for the day – and the season.
“Kevin,” Mora began, before pausing and then sighing, “he was hurting in that game. … He was doing everything he could to try to stay in the game.
“We’re thinking about Kevin. We appreciate his effort yesterday, and feel bad because of that effort and his desire just to be an impacting guy on our team that he’s in the hospital now. But he’ll be OK and we just hope he’s home for Christmas Eve.”
The obvious question: Who steps in for Houser in the final two games?
Jeff Robinson, who has yet to sign, also bailed out the Seahawks in 2007 and 2008. The club was hoping to have him signed by the end of the day, Mora said. Robinson, 39, lives in the Seattle area and helps his wife run their well-being center.
“It’s nice to have a guy that close,” Mora said. “If you’re a competent long snapper you can last a long time. He’s good at it.”
Center and right guard. That’s where moves were made last week, with rookie Max Unger sliding from right guard to center and center Chris Spencer and Mike Gibson splitting time at right guard.
“I thought they really responded to the challenge,” Mora said. “We’re going to continue to look at that through the next couple games.”
Mora then offered a breakdown on each player:
Unger: “Max did a nice job at center for his first game. Certainly there are some things he’ll get better as he gets more time playing that position.”
Spencer, who played the first quarter and second half: “Chris did a good job at right guard for his first time playing there. Same thing, he’ll get better as he plays there more. But he showed good quickness off the ball.”
Gibson, who played the second quarter: “Mike, really seeing his first action with us, was stout. Was 100 percent on the calls. Had no missed assignments. Kept his man away from the quarterback.”
Wide receiver Nate Burleson (high ankle sprain) and linebacker Aaron Curry (stinger) are doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Packers in Green Bay, Mora said.
Burleson also missed the game against the Bucs, but he is not a candidate to go on injured reserve at this point.
“There’s really not a move that we could make that would warrant that,” Mora said. “And if he can play in the last game, then we’re going to play him. But we’re going to be cautious there.”
Like Houser, Curry returned after being injured, but simply could not continue.
“His right arm really wasn’t operating. He had not strength in it,” Mora said. “Aaron being a young guy that’s very competitive, he wanted to get out there and make something happen.”
The status of wide receiver Ben Obomanu (hamstring) is pending, Mora said, because his injury still is being evaluated.
Leading receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh has been excused from Tuesday’s practice so he can attend the funeral for former Cincinnati Bengals teammate Chris Henry in Louisiana.
“That was an important person in his life, and T.J. was an important person in T.J.’s life,” Mora said. “He was almost like a big brother to him. I think it’s very important that he’s there for that.”
Henry died Thursday of head injuries he received Wednesday when he fell from the bed of a pickup truck that was driven by his fiancée.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I was hopeful that he would be back. It’s no secret that I’m a Mike Holmgren fan. And I was an advocate of him coming back to the point that I made my feelings known to the people that make those decisions. I’m probably as disappointed as anybody that he’s decided to reject our offer and go onward.” – Mora on Holmgren, who agreed today to join the Cleveland Browns as their president