Mike Williams. The Seahawks’ leading receiver was out of the boot he has been wearing to protect his strained left foot today and he “actually ran around” during practice, as coach Pete Carroll put it.
But Williams still has yet to practice since injuring the foot in the Week 11 loss to the Saints in New Orleans. But today’s activity definitely was a positive step toward his return as the team began preparing for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers at Qwest Field.
“I think he surprised himself a little bit, because he hadn’t done very much with it since the workout on Sunday,” Carroll said, referring to the running Williams did before being declared inactive for last week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I’ll threw him it to him a little bit, just to see him move and he’s made some progress. So we’ll see what happens with each day. Tomorrow he’ll run around considerably more and we’ll see where he is. It was encouraging today, though, that he might have a chance to move back into some playing opportunity.”
Carroll said the team is proceeding as if Williams will not be able to play.
“We have to do that,” he said. “But we’d love to have Mike available if we could get him.”
ON THE FIELD
Yes, it is Dec. 1. And yes, the players practice outside for the first time since the week prior to their Halloween game against the Raiders in Oakland.
Among the highlights during the 80-minute session was a nice reaching grab of a pass by tight end Cameron Morrah, a diving sideline catch by wide receiver Ruvell Martin and an interception by cornerback Walter Thurmond.
The official injury report, as released by the team:
Did not practice
DT Colin Cole (ankle)
OG Chester Pitts (ankle)
WR Mike Williams (foot)
DE Chris Clemons (ankle)
MLB Lofa Tatupu (knee)
CB Marcus Trufant (leg)
Matt Hasselbeck (wrist)
Colin did some agility work on the side during practice, a first in his return from the high ankle sprain that has sidelined him for the past four games. “He’d be an important addition for us,” Carroll said. “He was really there when we were playing our best and we’d love to get him back in the mix and the rotations.” Whether that happens this week remains to be seen.
During practice, Raheem Brock filled in for Clemons, Mike Gibson was at left guard for Pitts, Thurmond worked for Trufant and David Hawthorne was in the middle for Tatupu with Will Herring replacing Hawthorne on the weak side.
For the Panthers:
Did not practice
LB James Anderson (concussion)
CB Captain Munnerlyn (shoulder)
OG Geoff Schwartz (back)
OT Travelle Wharton (toe)
Limited in practice
CB Chris Gamble (hamstring)
S Marcus Hudson (ankle)
CB Robert McClain (hip)
QB Tony Pike (shoulder)
S Jordan Pugh (hamstring)
QB Brian St. Pierre (shoulder)
RB Tyrell Sutton (ankle)
STAT DU JOUR
The Seahawks have had five double-digit tackle games this season. Hawthorne not only has three of them, they have come in the past four games – a season-high 13 against the Chiefs last week and 12-tackle efforts against the Giants and Saints.
The other two double-digit games belong to strong safety Lawyer Milloy. He had 12 in the Week 3 win over the Chargers and 11 against the Chiefs.
Not surprisingly, Hawthorne (65) and Milloy (63) are 1-2 on the team in tackles after 11 games.
Sunday is the Seahawks’ annual Toys for Tots toy drive and fans are asked to donate new, unwrapped toys, which will be distributed as Christmas gifts to needy children in the Seattle community. Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be in Touchdown City and at all gates to accept the toys.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It should be pretty exciting. I mean I’m going back to my home state. Being able to experience that type of atmosphere, you know growing up watching Seattle play and what not. It should be a pretty cool experience just to, you know, I guess ‘live the dream’ experience. But it’s all part of the job.” – Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, who was an all-state player at Lacey’s Timberline High School