A recap of the day’s activities:
Stacy Andrews. The Seahawks’ starting right guard won’t be the only Andrews on the field Sunday. His younger brother, Shawn, is a backup offensive lineman for the New York Giants.
“We talked early in the week,” Stacy said today. “We’re still brothers, except on game day. Then after the game, we’ll go back to being brothers.”
Unfortunately, this reunion will have to be a quickie, because the Giants aren’t flying out for Sunday’s game at Qwest Field until Saturday.
“So we won’t get a chance to hangout,” Stacy said.
They grew up in Camden, Ark., but Stacy, 29, went to Mississippi and Shawn, 27, went to Arkansas. In their NFL careers, their paths converged in Philadelphia last season, when both played for the Eagles. Prior to that, Stacy played for the Cincinnati Bengals (2004-2008), while Shawn was with the Eagles (2006-09) before signing with the Giants in August.
“I’ll shoot him a deuce before the game, go to work and give him a hug after the game,” Stacy said.
Quarterback. All eyes were on Charlie Whitehurst today, after coach Pete Carroll announced that Matt Hasselbeck will sit out Sunday’s game because of the concussion he got late in last week’s game against the Raiders in Oakland.
So Whitehurst will make the first regular-season start of his 4½-season NFL career.
“He’s ready,” Carroll said of Whitehurst, who was obtained in a March trade with the San Diego Chargers. “We’re going to rally around him and give him a great supporting cast and hopefully he’ll have a great start.”
The news that Hasselbeck would not be able to play caught most of his teammates a bit off guard.
“Yeah, it was a surprise,” right tackle Sean Locklear said. “I don’t know exactly what happened. But obviously Matt’s not able to go. So you just keep on going.”
ON THE FIELD
The players practiced for 100 minutes on another gorgeous November afternoon, with Whitehurst getting all the starter reps for the second consecutive day in preparation for his first start. Rookie Zac Robinson ran the scout team, but he will be signed off the practice squad prior to Sunday’s game so he can be the backup to Whitehurst.
Among the highlights in practice were an interception by dime back Roy Lewis and defensive linemen Junior Siavii and Kentwan Balmer combining their 630 pounds to stuff a running play.
Defensive end Red Bryant had surgery today to repair the medial collateral ligament he tore in his right knee during Sunday’s loss to the Raiders. The surgery was performed by team doctors Ed Khalfayan and Mike McAdam.
Bryant, who was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday, will be on crutches for six weeks. But he will begin his rehab on Friday.
The official report, as released by the team:
QB Matt Hasselbeck (concussion)
Did not practice
WR Mike Williams (knee)
WR Golden Tate (ankle)
RB Michael Robinson (hamstring)
OT Russell Okung (ankle)
OT Tyler Polumbus (knee)
DT Colin Cole (ankle)
Limited in practice
DT Brandon Mebane (calf)
C Chris Spencer (neck)
S Jordan Babineaux (illness)
Spencer, Babineaux, Mebane and DE Chris Clemons were back after sitting out Wednesday. Spencer’s return was a good sign, because it allowed Mike Gibson to work at left guard, so Chester Pitts could work at left tackle – because Okung and Polumbus were out.
Ben Obomanu filled in at split end for Williams; Siavii for Cole; and Craig Terrill for Mebane, who did not participate in team drills.
For the Giants:
Did not practice
OT Will Beatty (foot)
C Shaun O’Hara (foot)
FB Madison Hedgecock (hamstring)
DE Dave Tollefson (illness)
Limited in practice
DE Osi Umenyiora (knee)
LB Gerris Wilkinson (hand)
OT Kareem McKenzie (illness)
STAT DU JOUR
The Giants have 24 sacks in seven games – or a league-leading 3.4 per game – and 20½ have come from their defensive linemen: Osi Umenyiora (8); Mathias Kiwanuka and Justin Tuck (4 each); Barry Cofield (3); and Chris Canty (1½).
The players will hold their final full workout for Sunday’s game on Friday.
Sunday, the 12th Man Flag raiser will be Buck Compton as part of the Seahawks’ salute to Veterans Day. Compton was commander of the second platoon of Easy Company, part of the 101st Airborne Division, during World War II.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Oh my goodness gracious. We saw a really good group last week. I would say the strength of the Raiders was inside. But I would say this group is strong everywhere. These guys are really good.” – Pitts, who will make his first start for the Seahawks on Sunday at left tackle or left guard, on the Giants’ defensive line