Wednesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Ben Obomanu. One good start deserves another.

That was the word today from coach Pete Carroll, who announced that Obomanu will remain in the starting lineup for this week’s game against the Saints in New Orleans. Obomanu made his first career start at flanker for Deon Butler in Sunday’s game against the Cardinals in Arizona and tied his career-high with four catches for 60 yards – including a career-long 40-yarder.

“He’s been working so hard, he’s been doing so well, he’s contributing in all ways, and kind of why not?” Carroll said when asked why he decided to go with Obomanu last week. “He deserves it. He’s kind of earned his way.

“This is the classic opportunity by guys who continue to compete and battle and work at your position. You earn it. He earned it. And when he got out there he did really well. So he’ll start this week, and we’ll just see how it goes.”

This is Obomanu’s fifth season with the team, which only made the first start all the sweeter for the former seventh-round draft choice.

“For me, being a seventh-round pick and having to scrap and fight for a long time in the league, it’s nice to get a chance to start,” Obomanu said in the locker room, shortly after Carroll made his announcement.

“It’s a big milestone, but at the same time it’s only one milestone and there are plenty more I still want to accomplish.”

Like continuing to be the starter.

POSITION WATCH

Quarterback. All eyes, of course, were on Matt Hasselbeck today as he practiced for the first time since cracking a bone in his left wrist against the Cardinals.

The coaches took some precautions to protect the wrist – like limited his reps in drills where he would have to hand the ball to a running back and not having him take snaps from under center. But Hasselbeck participated in every phase of practice, and looked sharp in doing it.

“We will do some things, and we’re going to learn as we go a little bit what’s best for him,” Carroll said. “We’re going to do some things to try to insure him not banging his wrist any. We already have a plan for it and we’ll see how it works.

“He’s all geared up for it and ready to do a bunch of work.”

Hassel beck already scored mega-points with his teammates by coming back midway through the third quarter against the Cardinals after injuring the wrist late in the first half on an ill-fated sneak on fourth-and-1.

“Definitely a test of his toughness,” said Mike Williams, the team’s leading receiver. “Matt is our leader. He’s been here awhile. He makes us go.”

ON THE FIELD

The players worked for 85 minutes in the indoor practice facility, where it was chilly but dry. It also is a plus because the Seahawks will play indoors on a Sportexe Momentum field at the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday.

One play that needs to be duplicated in Sunday’s game had defensive end Chris Clemons coming free for what would have been a sack and then linebacker Aaron Curry tipping the pass incomplete downfield. The practice also featured tight end John Carlson making a sliding catch and free safety Earl Thomas intercepting a pass.

INJURY REPORT

The official report, as released by the team:

Did not practice

MLB Lofa Tatupu (knee)

DT Colin Cole (ankle)

WR Golden Tate (ankle)

OL Mike Gibson (ankle)

TE Anthony McCoy (knee)

WR Brandon Stokley (calf)

RB Michael Robinson (hamstring)

Full participation

QB Matt Hasselbeck (wrist)

OT Russell Okung (ankle)

Okung got a lot of work at left tackle, just as he did last Wednesday. The key involving his possible return after missing the past three games, however, will be how much work he can get on Thursday.

Carroll said Tate and Robinson are “really close” to returning, but neither practiced today.

For the Saints:

Did not practice

CB Patrick Robinson (ankle)

S Darren Sharper (hamstring)

TE Jeremy Shockey (rib)

RB Pierre Thomas (ankle)

Limited in practice

RB Reggie Smith (fibula)

RB Chris Ivory (shoulder)

S Malcolm Jenkins (neck)

OT Jon Stinchcomb (knee)

Bush has missed the past seven games after being injured in the Saints’ Week 2 win over the 49ers. As for his status for Sunday’s game, coach Sean Payton said, “We’ll just go day to day.”

A DAY FIT FOR A DUCK

Chip Kelly, coach of the No. 1-ranked University of Oregon football team, visited VMAC and attended practice – during what is a bye week for the Ducks. Kelly talked with Carroll, as well as Hasselbeck, Tatupu and QB coach Jedd Fisch during practice.

STAT DU JOUR

With his season-high 333-yard passing performance against the Cardinals on Sunday, Hasselbeck became part of history. He was one of 13 QBs to pass for more than 300 yards last weekend, the most in the NFL in a single week.

The previous record was 10, from Week 8 in 1984 and Week 15 last season.

UP NEXT

The players will practice on Thursday afternoon and again Friday morning before the team flies to New Orleans for Sunday’s game.

Tight end Chris Baker (31) and offensive lineman Mike Gibson (25) will celebrate their birthdays on Thursday, as will Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon, who is the analyst for radio broadcasts of the team’s games.

YOU DON’T SAY

“ ‘Ooh-boo-moon-new.’ I don’t know where all those o’s came from. That was one of those things when I was in Little League football and they pronounced it that way.” – Obomanu, when asked the worst mispronunciation he’s ever heard of his last name


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