A recap of the day’s activities:
Being a mile high. The elevation at Invesco Field in Denver is 5,280 feet. In fact, there was a sign just above the door in the visitors’ locker room at old Mile High Stadium that proudly proclaimed that fact; just one last – large – reminder before the players took the field.
The Seahawks play at the Broncos’ new stadium on Sunday, but it’s the noise more than thoughts of the thin air that has coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck concerned.
“It will be very difficult for us,” Carroll said. “The thing that we want to learn how to do is how to carry our game on the road. That’s important for us.
“We need a game like this at this time. We need to figure this part out. And it might as well be as tough as it gets, like it is in Denver.”
Hasselbeck thinks the team has figured out part of the problem, and points to the preparations for its third preseason game in the noise chamber that is the Metrodome in Minneapolis as a definite plus in getting ready for the trip to Invesco.
“I don’t think the crowd noise is a big deal to us anymore,” he said. “It used to be kind of a big deal. But we’ve worked with crowd noise all offseason. We went and played at Minnesota. We’ve got mechanics for that now. All of our cadences will probably be on a silent cadence. So it’s not that much of a deal.
“I think for us, playing at home, we just feel the energy of our crowd because we know how much they care, and it means a lot to us. But when you go on the road, it’s just something you expect. So it’s not going to be a big surprise.”
UNGER TO IR
The team has lost another lineman for the season. This time it’s starting right guard Max Unger, who damaged the big toe on his left foot in Sunday’s season opener against the 49ers. Unger was placed on injured reserve today, ending the season for last year’s second-round draft choice.
To fill Unger’s roster spot, guard Mansfield Wrotto was re-signed. Wrotto, who started five games the past two seasons, was released Sept. 5 when offensive lineman Stacy Andrews was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tackle Ray Willis already has been placed on IR after having surgery to repair damaged knee cartilage.
Six of the Seahawks’ 10 offensive linemen are in their first season with the team, and three have been on the roster for two weeks or less – Tyler Polumbus, who is starting at left tackle for injured first-round draft choice Russell Okung; guard Evan Dietrich-Smith; and Andrews.
For more on Unger’s situation, click here.
ROSTER ROULETTE, REDEUX
In other roster moves today, cornerback Kennard Cox was released to clear a roster spot for linebacker Leroy Hill, who has returned from his one-game suspension; and cornerback Cord Parks was signed to the practice squad, as cornerback Ross Weaver was released.
The club has made 187 roster moves since Carroll and general manager John Schneider were hired in January.
ON THE FIELD
The players are “off” today, although it was difficult to tell because so many were in to work out on their own. The coaches, meanwhile, were working on the game plan for the Broncos.
SINCE YOU ASKED
Q: How long does a player stay on the practice squad and can they be moved or promoted during the season? – Kimberly, Marianna, Ark.
A: Timely question, Kimberly. To be eligible for the practice squad, players cannot have appeared in nine regular-season games; or have an accrued season; or been on a practice squad for more than two previous seasons. Teams can “steal” players from other practice squads, if they sign them to their 53-man roster. A team can sign a player off its own practice squad at any time.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I’ve been the small guy all the time. Tackling is something I’ve been working with the coaches on and just talking about trying to improve on. I’ve watched film on point-of-attack tackling and you just work on it in practice.” – Kelly Jennings, a 180-pound cornerback, on dropping 217-pound Frank Gore near the goal line on a third-down play in Sunday’s game