A recap of the day’s activities:
Chris Clemons. His coaches and teammates have been talking all season about what the defensive end has brought to the mix since being acquired in a March trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.
But this week, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel provided an opponent’s perceptive when asked about the defense he will face in Sunday’s game at Qwest Field.
“Well, the thing that stands out to me is No. 91, Chris Clemons,” Cassel said. “I mean that’s a guy that we immediately have to pay some attention to coming off the edge because he comes each and every play and he’s a very good pass rusher.”
Clemons has 7½ sacks and 15 QB hits in the first 10 games. He needs one more sack to surpass his career-high total of eight from 2007 while playing with the Oakland Raiders. He already has more sacks than any Seahawk since end Patrick Kerney led the NFC with 14½ in 2007.
Left guard. Mike Gibson will start against the Chiefs, coach Pete Carroll said today after practice, because he has recovered sufficiently from the sprained knee that sidelined him the past two games.
It’s a timely recovery, with Chester Pitts out because of a sprained ankle and the other option being Tyler Polumbus – a tackle who has not played guard since high school.
“That’s a great recovery for Mike,” Carroll said. “He said from the day that he hurt his ankle, ‘You know, I’ve been here before and I’m going to make it back. If I can’t make it back the first week for sure, then I will the second week.’
“He pulled it off. He looked very good. No hesitation to play him.”
With Gibson stepping in next to rookie left tackle Russell Okung, it will be the ninth starting combination on the offensive line for the Seahawks in 11 games.
The Seahawks were awarded defensive end Clifton Geathers on waivers today. The 6-foot-7, 299-pound Geathers had been waived by the Miami Dolphins.
To clear a roster spot, rookie tight end Anthony McCoy was placed on injured reserve because of a sprained ankle that had sidelined him for the past two weeks. McCoy was active for two of the team’s first 10 games.
ON THE FIELD
The players worked for 80 minutes in the indoor practice facility, their final full practice before Sunday’s game.
Among the highlights were interceptions by cornerback Marcus Trufant and nickel back Jordan Babineaux, who tipped a pass intended for tight end Cameron Morrah and picked off the deflection.
The official end-of-the-week status report, as released by the team:
DT Colin Cole (ankle)
OG Chester Pitts (ankle)
RB Michael Robinson (hamstring)
WR Mike Williams (foot)
OG Mike Gibson (ankle)
WR Golden Tate (ankle)
C Chris Spencer (finger)
QB Matt Hasselbeck (wrist)
WR Brandon Stokley (calf)
DE Chris Clemons (ankle)
MLB Lofa Tatupu (knee)
CB Marcus Trufant (concussion)
A did-not-practice list that was eight-players long Wednesday was trimmed to four today – Pitts, Cole, Williams and McCoy, who was subsequently placed on IR.
Williams has not practiced all week, but Carroll said the status of the team’s leading receiver will be a game-day decision.
“We’ll hold him (out) all the way until then, and if he can go and go full speed then he’ll be involved,” Carroll said.
Trufant passed a final test Thursday in his return from a concussion, practiced today and will start against the Chiefs.
Tate will play after missing the past three games, Carroll said.
“I think with Golden sitting out for a couple weeks helped him a little bit,” Carroll said. “He’ll tell you that. In the middle of the fray sometimes you can’t make the adjustments, you can’t see things as clearly. He seemed to come back playing fast and he looked very good this week. So he’ll be part of the plan.”
For the Chiefs:
CB Brandon Flowers (hamstring)
OT Branden Albert (groin)
OG Ryan Lilja (foot)
FS Jon McGraw (head)
WR Dexter McCluster (ankle)
TE Tony Moeaki (head)
Flowers did not practice today, while McGraw was limited. Flowers has not practiced all week, and coach Todd Healy said Travis Daniels is the most likely replacement if Flowers cannot play.
STAT DU JOUR
The Chiefs not only have the fewest turnovers in the league with seven, their four interceptions and three lost fumbles tie for the fewest in the NFL.
YOU DON’T SAY
“He’s healthy. He’s been healthy. I say that with a guy with a cracked wrist. But he’s healthy. His arm is good. We’ve done a good job of managing him – the numbers of throws; it’s just like counting pitches for a pitcher. He seems to have maintained really good arm strength, and no question about his ability to throw any of the stuff in the plan.” – Carroll, when asked what he has learned about Hasselbeck’s arm after he passed for 699 yards and completed 69 percent of his passes in the past two games