A recap of the day’s activities:
Lynch, who was acquired last week in a trade with the Buffalo Bills, went to California to watch his brother, Davonte, play for Shelton High School in Sacramento. And big brother came away impressed.
“He had a beautiful day,” Lynch, who went to Oakland Technical High School, said in the locker room before today’s practice. “He had 260 (rushing yards) and a touchdown.
“So you know, I’ve got a price on my head right now.”
Say what? “Every week he calls me and says, ‘Ah, well I did this. What are you going to do?’ ” Lynch said. “That’s something we’ve got going on.”
So you can bet Davonte will be dialed in when big brother plays his first game for the Seahawks on Sunday against the Bears in Chicago.
The last time Marshawn had seen Davonte play it was in Pop Warner, and his little brother isn’t so little anymore.
“He didn’t look like my little brother out there,” Lynch said. “It wasn’t the same little brother that I used to pick up and throw around the house. I can tell you that much right now.”
Asked if Davonte has a similar running style, Lynch offered, “I think he’s better than me. I can honestly say that. My senior in high school, at this point in time, I would say he’s better than me.”
Now that is saying something. Lynch went on to star at California and then was a first-round draft choice by the Bills in 2007. He was voted to the Pro Bowl his second season, when he rushed for 1,036 yards, caught 47 passes and scored nine touchdowns.
“That was real special for me,” Lynch said of getting to see Davonte play.
Wide receiver. Deon Butler, as expected, will replace just-traded Deion Branch as the starting flanker, coach Pete Carroll said.
Ben Obomanu will backup Butler, while rookie Golden Tate will serve as the backup to split end Mike Williams. Brandon Stokley, who was signed two weeks ago, will continue to work from the slot in the three- and four-receiver sets – as he did in catching four passes for 62 yards in the pre-bye game against the Rams in St. Louis.
“It definitely feels good. I’m excited for the opportunity,” Butler said. “A lot of guys go through this transition where you’re a backup, some of the veterans leave the team and if you continue to work hard and get better then it’s a good time to step up when you get the opportunity.
“I’m excited for it and just ready to get out on the field and make the most of it.”
Branch was traded back to the New England Patriots on Tuesday; while T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the starting flanker last season, was released Sept. 4 on the roster cut to 53 players.
ON THE FIELD
The players practiced in full pads for 90 minutes on a picture-postcard afternoon. How nice was it on the shores of Lake Washington? A boat towing a water skier went past at one point during practice.
Nose tackle Colin Cole was among the bright spots on this brilliant afternoon. In one three-play sequence, Cole stuffed a running play for no gain and then went up to reject a pass. Not to be outdone, kicker Olindo Mare not only was successful on each of his four field-goal attempts, he twice put the ball through the five-foot space between the poles on the tower used to film practice as well as splitting the uprights.
Tight end John Carlson was excused from practice to be with his wife, Danielle, who is expecting their first child.
The official report, as issued by the team:
Did not practice
TE John Carlson (non injury)
DE Dexter Davis (hamstring)
CB Marcus Trufant (ankle)
Trufant was expected to practice, Carroll said during his midweek Q&A session, but was held out to rest the sprained ankle that sidelined him the week of the pre-bye game against the Rams – although he did play in the game. Right tackle Sean Locklear was back after sitting out the bye-week practices to rest a sore knee.
Rookie Walter Thurmond filled in for Trufant, while Chris Baker stepped in for Carlson.
For the Bears:
Did not practice
LB Lance Briggs (ankle)
OG Roberto Garza (knee)
CB Charles Tillman (calf)
S Major Wright (hamstring)
Limited in practice
LB Brian Urlacher (groin)
QB Jay Cutler (head)
OT Chris Williams (hamstring)
Cutler was cleared to practice on Tuesday after sitting out last week’s game with a concussion. During a conference call interview this morning Cutler said, “I’ll see how I feel and everything. But we went to the doctor on Monday and everything seemed to be in good order. So as long as everything goes well this week, yeah (I’ll play).”
The players will practice Thursday afternoon and again on Friday morning, before flying to Chicago for Sunday’s game.
Thursday night, Carroll will toss the tip-off ball for the Portland Trail Blazers’ scrimmage at Garfield High School. The scrimmage starts at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the school’s activity center all day on Thursday. All proceeds will be donated to the Garfield School Foundation.
STAT DU JOUR
Sunday’s game will feature the top two punt and kickoff returners in the NFC. Tate leads the conference with an 18.0-yard average on punts returns, while the Bears’ Devin Hester is No. 2 at 12.8. Leon Washington leads the conference and the league with a 40.4-yard average returning kickoffs, while the Bears’ Danieal Manning is No. 2 in the NFC at 29.8.
YOU DON’T SAY
“They prepare to play on Sunday, just like we do. I have alot of respect for those guys, but they’ve got to earn a paycheck too.” – Lynch, when asked about running into the Bears’ third-ranked run defense in his first game as a Seahawk