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Thursday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Justin Forsett. Coach Pete Carroll has answered one question by naming Justin Forsett the starting running back for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field. But the still-much-asked question about who will be the starter remains unanswered – and might for a while.

“I wouldn’t read into this too deeply because the competition for this position will remain,” Carroll said, in almost the same breath he used to name Forsett the Week 1 starter. “We have really good guys battling at this spot. I expect Julius (Jones) and Leon (Washington) to be part of this game plan and be in there getting some work so that we could continue to evaluate.

“It would be nice to have it set in stone and all that for everybody that doesn’t feel comfortable with this, but I’m absolutely not uncomfortable with this situation. It’s a situation I’ve been in for years with tailbacks (at USC) and we’re going to try to draw out the very best that we can from our guys. If a guy gets hot in a game, he’s staying.”

 

OK, so why is Forsett getting the start this week?

“Just his consistency of making people miss,” Carroll said. “He’s really, really hard to get a good hit on. It was evident from his work from last season. It was evident in our work throughout the offseason.”   

Forsett, who averaged 5.4 yards rushing on limited carries last season and was the club’s leading rusher this preseason, says he not only understands Carroll’s approach but is relishing the competitive aspect.

“Just the fact that you don’t know how many carries you’re going to get, you’ve got to go out there and make sure you give it your best,” Forsett said today. “That’s the approach I take to the game anyway. So I think every day it lets us feed off each other and build and grow and just get better because all of us are pushing each other.”

Still, being named the starter for this week is a big deal for the little back who was drafted in the seventh round two years ago and made the 53-man roster; only to be released and claimed by the Indianapolis Colts before the Seahawks could sign him to their practice squad; and then rejoined the team on its practice squad in October before being added to the roster a few days later.

“It’s amazing,” Forsett said. “Just the journey. It’s been a long journey. But everything happens for a reason. During the time, I got some experience and learned from guys like Mo Morris and Julius Jones and Edgerrin James and T.J. Duckett.

“It was a journey where I wouldn’t have it any other way. It was a blessing for me to go through that. I’m very happy to be here now and the starter.”

POSITION WATCH

Left tackle. It’s looking like Tyler Polumbus will start at the pivotal position against the 49ers, after joining the team 10 days ago in a trade with the Detroit Lions.

“It’s the National Football League. You’re going to have injuries,” offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said after practice. “You can’t look in your rearview mirror. You’ve got to move on. Tyler has come in and done a great job this week.”

Chester Pitts also has gotten some reps at left tackle this week, but Bates said, “Right now, it’s Tyler. We’re going in with the mindset Tyler is starting.”

The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Polumbus is in, because first-round draft choice Russell Okung remains sidelined with a sprained ankle. Polumbus started eight games last season for the Denver Broncos.

PLAYER WATCH

Marcus Trufant. A year ago, the team’s Pro Bowl cornerback was on the inside looking out. Trufant began the regular season on the physically-unable-to-perform list with the same back problems that forced him to sit out training camp and the preseason. And when he did return at midseason, he simply wasn’t the same player.

Now, Trufant is up to his old tricks and playing the way he did in 2007, when he joined Dave Brown (1984) and Shawn Springs (1998) as the only cornerbacks in franchise history to be voted to the Pro Bowl.

“I’m feeling a lot better,” Trufant said. “The offseason was big for me – being able to do everything with the guys, being able to lift weights, being able to go through training camp. I’m feeling up to speed and I’m just ready to put it all together.”

ON THE FIELD

The team practiced for almost two hours, and linebacker Aaron Curry continued to work with the defensive linemen in some of the early drills. It’s part of getting last year’s first-round draft choice more comfortable with rushing the passer from an end position in the nickel.

“He’s going to be a guy that’s involved in third-down pass-rush schemes,” Carroll said. “We’re expecting a lot out of Aaron. But he continues to grown and learn and I think he’ll continue to do that.”

INJURY REPORT

There was no change in the Seahawks’ situation from Wednesday. Okung is out, while Pitts (knee), tight end Anthony McCoy (ankle) and defensive end Raheem Brock (back) were limited in practice.

The report that lists players as doubtful, questionable and probable will be issued Friday.

UP NEXT

The players will practice Friday morning in what will be their last full workout in preparation for Sunday’s opener.

YOU DON’T SAY

“Just the guys I need to know – to borrow a quote from Walter Jones.” – quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, when asked if he figured out everyone’s name after the team made 44 roster moves over the long Labor Day weekend


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