A recap of the day’s activities:
Jordan Babineaux and Jamal Charles. At some point on Sunday afternoon, they will run into each other at Qwest Field.
But it will not be just a meeting of the Seahawks’ versatile defensive back and the Kansas City Chiefs’ leading rusher. It also will be a reunion of two of the best athletes to come out of Port Arthur, Texas.
Babineaux went to Lincoln High School, while Charles was an all-state player at Memorial High School. Babineaux is 28, while Charles is 23. But there is a connection – their desire to give back to the community.
“We gave away 300 or 400 turkeys back in Port Charles – my family and his family,” Babineaux said. “Last year was the first yea we did it, and we teamed up again his year and went back at it.”
As for the crossroad that their career paths will reach on Sunday, Babineaux smiled before offered, “You know it’s going to happen, and you know I’m looking forward to it.”
Jon Kitna began his NFL career with the Seahawks. Lawyer Milloy is ending his with the Seahawks. But long before either happened, they grew up together in Tacoma and attended Lincoln High School.
So part of Milloy’s Thanksgiving Day will involve watching Kitna quarterback the Dallas Cowboys against the New Orleans Saints. Kitna, 38 in his 14th NFL season and with his fourth team, stepped in when Tony Romo was injured.
“He’s doing well, and I’m very proud of him,” said Milloy, the strong safety who is 37 in his 15th NFL season and also with his fourth team. “Nobody wants a quarterback like Tony Romo to go down. But as soon as I saw that situation and saw the way that team was struggling early, if there was anybody that go into that situation and rally the troops it was Jon – because of the leader I know he’s been since I was in fifth grade.
“It’s his attention to detail. He’s a fierce competitor. And he loves life. So it’s a perfect situation for him and their team.”
ON THE FIELD
The players practiced earlier today, and coach Pete Carroll also passed on the post-practice meetings, so they would have more time to spend with their families.
The team worked for 85-minutes in its indoor practice facility and cornerback Walter Thurmond and defensive end Raheem Brock highlighted “Turnover Thursday” by intercepting passes.
The official report, as released by the team:
Did not practice
DT Colin Cole (ankle)
TE Anthony McCoy (knee)
OG Chester Pitts (ankle)
CB Marcus Trufant (concussion)
WR Mike Williams (foot)
MLB Lofa Tatupu (knee)
DE Chris Clemons (ankle)
WR Brandon Stokley (calf)
OG Mike Gibson (ankle)
FB Michael Robinson (hamstring)
WR Golden Tate (ankle)
C Chris Spencer (finger)
QB Matt Hasselbeck (wrist)
Tatupu, Clemons and Stokley returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday. Thurmond worked at left cornerback for Trufant, who was scheduled to have the next evaluation session for his concussion today. Gibson and Tyler Polumbus continued to split time at left guard for Pitts.
For the Chiefs:
Did not practice
CB Brandon Flowers (hamstring)
Limited in practice
S Jon McGraw (head)
OT Branden Albert (groin)
OG Ryan Lilja (foot)
TE Tony Moeaki (head)
WR Dexter McCluster (ankle)
Moeaki, who is second on the team with 31 receptions, participated in every phase of practice after being limited Wednesday. McGraw, the starting free safety, was limited after sitting out Wednesday.
STAT DU JOUR
The Chiefs don’t just lead the AFC West; they’re also 2-0 in the NFC West – having beaten the San Francisco 49ers 31-10 in Week 3 and the Arizona Cardinals 31-13 last week. Both those games were at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs are 5-0 this season.
Still to come: Sunday’s game against the Seahawks at Qwest and a Dec. 19 game against the Rams in St. Louis. The Chiefs are 1-4 on the road this season.
YOU DON’T SAY
“When you play there for the first time, it is unbelievable how loud it becomes. I think there’s an emphasis for us this week – and especially I’m just telling the offensive side of the ball that we need to be ready and be on top of it – because it is such a loud stadium.” – Chiefs QB Matt Cassel on Qwest Field, where he started – and won – a game in 2008 while playing for the New England Patriots