A recap of the days’ activities:
Craig Terrill. The Seahawks kicked off October by re-signing the sack-producing/kick-blocking/guitar-playing defensive tackle.
Terrill was released Sept. 7, when versatile defensive back Jordan Babineaux was re-signed. To clear a roster spot for Terrill’s return, linebacker Leroy Hill was placed on injured reserve because he will need surgery to repair the Achilles/calf injury he got in the Week 2 game against the Broncos in Denver.
“It’s awesome,” said Terrill, who got a phone call from the club this morning and was signed in time to participate in the final full practice before Sunday’s game in St. Louis against the Rams.
“I’m obviously familiar with that they’re doing, and love playing ball here.”
Terrill was a fifth-round draft choice in 2004 and played in 76 games the past six seasons. He has blocked five field goals in his career, which ranks second in club history behind Joe Nash’s eight; and had a three-sack game against the Oakland Raiders in 2006. He also has released a CD, CT, and sang the national anthem before the 2007 playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qwest Field.
During his down time, Terrill was helping his wife, Rachel, raise their 2-year-old daughter, Journey.
“I got to be a husband and a father again” he said. “I’d wake up with my daughter so my wife could sleep in. I had a great time with my family and I’m ready to play some football now.”
That didn’t take long, as Terrill worked on the scout team defensive line against the Seahawks offense in practice and also got a few snaps with the No. 1 D-line.
“It’s great to get Craig back out,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s a guy that knows our system, knows our ways, can contribute on special teams right immediately for us and he’s a great guy in this locker room – everybody loves him. I’m glad he’s back with us.”
First-round draft choice Russell Okung completed his third consecutive practice at left tackle with the No. 1 offensive line and is ready to play against the Rams.
“Russell did a very good job this week,” Carroll said. “We’ll see how this day affects him and we’ll get all the way to game time to make a decision (on whether he’s ready to play an entire game). But he did a terrific job this week. I was really thrilled that he was able to get all the work that he did.”
Okung had missed 5½ weeks after getting a high sprain of his right ankle on the first series of the second preseason game.
Brandon Stokley. After the Seahawks signed the veteran wide receiver this week, Carroll labeled him a “uniquely talented player.”
Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, who worked with Stokley for two seasons in Denver (2007-08), expanded on that assessment.
“He has just as good speed, in and out (of his cuts),” Bates said. “He breaks out faster than he goes in, which is a quality you look for. He can go deep. He can catch intermediate and short routes. And at the same time, he loves the game. I think that’s the biggest thing. He really has true passion for it.
“He just likes playing football. His dad was a football coach. He respects the game. He appreciates it; understands how important it is. That kind of mindset, that kind of belief in the game, really, the rest of the guys kind of fall into that when he’s around you.”
ON THE FIELD
The players practiced for 75-minutes in their final full workout before Sunday’s game. Wide receiver Mike Williams turned in the play of the day when he reached back to one-hand a pass from Matt Hasselbeck before controlling it with both hands – without breaking stride.
The official report, as released by the team:
DE E.J. Wilson (knee)
DT Brandon Mebane (calf)
CB Marcus Trufant (ankle)
OT Sean Locklear (knee)
OT Russell Okung (ankle)
WR Mike Williams (shoulder)
OG Ben Hamilton (knee)
DE Chris Clemons (ankle)
LB Aaron Curry (hamstring)
Clemons returned after sitting out Thursday with an ankle injury he got during practice on Wednesday. But Trufant and Locklear did not practice and Mebane was limited.
Carroll said the decision on whether Trufant and Locklear will play won’t be made until Sunday. Trufant did not practice all week, but did some running after practice Thursday to test his ankle. Rookie Walter Thurmond has been filling in for him, as he did after Trufant went out in last week’s game against the Chargers. Locklear got a few reps on Wednesday but has not practiced the past two days. Tyler Polumbus has been working on the right side in his absence, after starting the first three games at left tackle because Okung was out.
“That’s a great bonus for us; that Tyler can play on both sides,” Carroll said. “He’s really shown his valuable right off the mark here early in the season.”
Polumbus was not acquired until Aug. 31, in a trade with the Detroit Lions.
For the Rams:
TE Billy Bajema (knee)
LB Chris Chamberlain (toe)
TE Mike Hoonanawanui (ankle)
DE Clifton Ryan (migraines)
DT Darrell Scott (ankle)
WR Laurent Robinson (foot)
S Darian Stewart (hamstring)
S Oshiomogho Atogwe (thigh)
RB Steve Jackson (groin)
S Craig Dahl (head)
RB Keith Toston (shoulder)
The big one, of course, is Jackson, the Rams’ leading rusher. But just as important is the status of Atogwe, the Rams’ second-leading tackler and top playmaker on defense. Each was limited in practice today, but did participate for the first time this week.
“Steven Jackson is a huge factor in the NFL,” Carroll said. “We expect him to play and we’ll believe it when we see otherwise.”
The players will have a short walk-thru at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Saturday morning before the team flies to St. Louis for Sunday’s game.
The Seahawks have their bye next week, and they are 16-5 in games before their bye weeks.
STAT DU JOUR
Twenty of the Seahawks’ 21 hits on opposing quarterbacks have come in their two games at Qwest Field – nine against the Chargers last week and 11 in the opener against the 49ers. That leaves one hit on Broncos’ QB Kyle Orton in Denver two weeks ago. That trend obviously needs to be reversed on Sunday.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Changing diapers.” – Terrill, when asked what he’s been doing the past 3½ weeks since being released