A recap of the day’s activities:
Trevor Canfield. As the 6-foot-5, 307-pound guard emerged from the locker room for practice, Canfield wasn’t quite sure what to do. Or even where to go.
“I don’t know what’s going on yet,” he said after practice.
Canfield’s predicament is understandable. This was his first day as a Seahawk after the club signed him from the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad to fill the roster spot that opened when wide receiver Mike Hass was placed on injured reserve because he dislocated a shoulder on the opening kickoff in Sunday’s loss to the Packers in Green Bay.
From division champions to a five-win team? Any regrets for Canfield? Hardly.
“This is good thing,” he said. “They wanted me, so I came. We tried to ask Arizona to bring me up (to the 53-man roster), but they didn’t. So I’m gone.
“So this is a good deal.”
This also was his first trip to Seattle. “I never thought I’d be this far out being a Cincinnati boy,” said Canfield, who is from Cincinnati and played at the University of Cincinnati before being drafted in the seventh round this year by the Cardinals.
In another move, wide receiver Patrick Carter was signed to the practice squad. Carter (6-3, 215) went to training camp this summer with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He fills the spot that opened when defensive back Trae Williams was signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 53-man roster.
Also, defensive end Derek Walker, who was waived Saturday to clear a spot for Hass, has been claimed by the San Francisco 49ers.
The official report, as released by the team:
WR Nate Burleson (ankle)
DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Aaron Curry (shoulder)
LB Leroy Hill (knee)
RB Julius Jones (rib)
CB Josh Wilson (hip)
Burleson, as coach Jim Mora said earlier this week, will not play in Sunday’s season finale against the Tennessee Titans, while Curry is doubtful and Jones and Wilson are questionable. Mora expects Hill to play Sunday.
In practice, Deion Branch continued to play split end for Burleson and Will Herring remained at strong-side ’backer for Curry. Lance Laury was working at weak-side ’backer for Hill, with Justin Forsett getting the starter reps for Jones and Kelly Jennings filling in for Wilson.
WR Ben Obomanu practiced after sitting out last week with a strained hamstring. His return gives the Seahawks four receivers for this week’s game.
For the Titans, LB Keith Bulluck (knee) and CB Nick Harper (forearm) are out, while four players did not practice: DT Tony Brown (knee/quad), C Kevin Mawae (elbow), CB Ryan Mouton (ankle) and OT Troy Kropog (calf).
The team practiced outside, in chilly temperatures and a brisk wind. The only players wearing shorts and practicing without long sleeves were middle linebacker David Hawthorne and rookie defensive end Nick Reed.
Chris Johnson’s quest to become the sixth back in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season doesn’t belong solely to the Titans’ running back. Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher made that very clear during a telephone interview today.
“First off, these goals that people are talking about are team goals. They’re not individual goals,” Fisher said, when asked about Johnson needing 128 yards against the Seahawks to hit 2K.
“Without the offense, CJ wouldn’t be where he’s at. There are some things the team would like to achieve, and the defense is rooting the offense on. But first and foremost, we’re going to try and win the football game – as the Seahawks are. These types of things are more easily said than done. This is going to be a difficult effort for our football team. And I’m talking about just trying to win the game, let alone achieve some of these milestones for our offense.”
Still, how important is it to try and get Johnson to 2,000?
“Well, we’re going to hand the ball off to him. He is our running back,” Fisher said. “It’s not like if we open the game with a run, ‘Oh, there they are. They’re going for it. Yeah, they’re going for it.’ We usually open the game with a run.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“In any other profession, I’d be considered a young man. Around here, I’m one of the old guys.” – defensive end Patrick Kerney, who is celebrating his 33rd birthday today