Tuesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Colin Cole. Sunday’s game against the Packers in Green Bay isn’t just another game for the Seahawks’ nose tackle. That’s because Cole played the past five seasons with the Packers before signing with Seattle in free agency.

“This is the most significant insignificant game of the year,” Cole said after a rare Tuesday practice, as coach Jim Mora altered the schedule this week so the players and coaches can spend more time with the families on Christmas morning.

Significant because the game is at Lambeau Field, and against players Cole called his teammates just last season. Insignificant because this season has not gone as Cole or any of the Seahawks expected. While the Packers are looking for a 10th win to solidify their playoff situation, the Seahawks are relegated to the role of spoiler.

Still, as Cole said, “I’m excited. Excited to go back to Lambeau. It’s not going to be anything like when Brett went back, I’m sure.”

That would be QB Brett Favre, who came out of retirement this year to sign with the rival Minnesota Vikings and played at Lambeau in Week 8.

“But who knows?” Cole said. “I might get a mixture of boos and cheers.”

There is a correlation between the Lambeau Faithful and the fans at Qwest Field.

“They’re probably the only fans that are not as fair weather as a lot of teams in the situation we’re in,” Cole said. “I remember a number of years ago (2005) when the (Packers) were 4-12, they still sold out and everybody still attended the games. I’m sure it’s the exact same thing here.”

Cole is tied for seventh on the team with 40 tackles, more than he had with the Packers last season but shy of the career-high totals from 2005 (62) and 2006 (53).

STAR GAZING

The Seahawks cast their Pro Bowl votes after practice, and left guard Rob Sims has a pretty good handle on who the best defensive tackles in the NFC are because he has faced several of them this season – the Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett, the Cowboys’ Jay Ratliff and the Vikings’ tandem of Pat and Kevin Williams.

But Sims’ choice as the toughest he has faced is none of the above. It’s Justin Smith, the hybrid end/tackle for the 49ers.

“Justin definitely presents the most problems for me,” Sims said. “It’s just his strength.”

And that comes from one of the strongest players on the Seahawks’ roster.

“He’s the one guy out there who I can clearly say is stronger than me,” Sims said. “It’s crazy, especially when he moves down into the three-technique (tackle) and plays over the guard. He’s hard to deal with. Honestly, I think I played him pretty decent in the first game. The second game, he got the better of me on a couple of them.

“When they hand me that ballot, I’m voting for him.”

INJURY REPORT

Not today. Because this was an extra practice, the team does not have to file a report.

But as Mora said Monday, wide receiver Nate Burleson (ankle) and linebacker Aaron Curry (stinger) are doubtful for this game and the status of wide receiver Ben Obomanu (hamstring) remains in question. The team also practiced today without wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. He was excused to attend the funeral of former Cincinnati Bengals teammate Chris Henry in Louisiana.

STAT DU JOUR

Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller caught seven passes for 118 yards in the Steelers’ one-point victory over the Packers on Sunday. Seahawks tight end John Carlson, who had seven catches for 86 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers, needs nine receptions and 92 yards to surpass his franchise records for the position that he set as rookie last season.

YOU DON’T SAY

“He’s tougher than a two-dollar steak, that kid. He wanted to keep going in there and eventually the doctors almost had to physically remove him from the sideline because he would have kept on going with a collapsed lung. You can’t say enough about a guy who’s that tough.” – punter Jon Ryan on Kevin Houser, the long snapper who remains in the hospital after being injured against the Buccaneers


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