A recap of the day’s activities:
The group. That’s how the Seahawks’ running backs refer to themselves. As in, the strength of the group is the group.
They took their togetherness approach to another level in practice. All the backs “run out” every carry, meaning they take the ball all the way to the end zone. Today, they all joined in, regardless of who got the carry. If it was Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett, Leon Washington and Michael Robinson also ran with him to the end zone.
“It was just something to put a little twist in the practice,” Lynch said. “As the season goes on, we kind of get into a routine. So this was just keeping it fresh out there for us.”
Two weeks ago, when the offense was introduced prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qwest Field, Lynch, Forsett and Washington all came out of the tunnel together.
“Actually, Marshawn wanted us all to come out,” Forsett explained at the time. “So that’s that we did. Our thing in the running back group is the strength of the group is the group.”
Whatever works. And the running game was working in last week’s win over the Carolina Panthers, when the Seahawks ran for a season-high 161 yards – 83 from Lynch, and also had a career-high three touchdowns; 60 from Forsett; 14 from Robinson; and 5 from Washington, who also had an 84-yard punt return.
Left guard. It’s looking like the Seahawks will start the same offensive line combination in three consecutive games for the first time this season, with Mike Gibson remaining at left guard.
Chester Pitts did not practice today because of a sprained ankle that forced him to miss the past two games. Coach Pete Carroll called Pitts’ status a “day-to-day thing.”
“He’s much better, but it all depends on what he can take as far as a workload,” Carroll said. “I think he’s still another week away.”
Which means the workload at left guard with the starting unit as the team prepares for Sunday’s game against the 49ers in San Francisco goes to Gibson, who went to Napa (Calif.) High School in the Bay Area and then played at the University of California at Berkeley.
“Mike’s doing well,” Carroll said. “I don’t think we would do anything right now, you know. We would certainly wait and see how Chester comes back. But with the effort towards continuity, why would we do it again and change it again?
“I think Mike’ earning his way and Chester’s got to make it back out there and look good and be prepared and really ready to contribute, and then we’ll just wait and see and let the competition play itself out.”
ON THE FIELD
The players worked for 85 minutes in their indoor practice facility, and among the highlights was cornerback Kelly Jennings tipping away a deep pass to wide receiver Golden Tate.
There also was a brief reunion of three generations of University of Washington quarterbacks along the sideline – Warren Moon, who is the analyst for radio broadcasts of the Seahawks’ games; Hugh Millen, who does Seahawks and Huskies analysis for KJR radio; and Isaiah Stanback, who is on the team’s injured reserve list.
The official report, as issued by the team:
Did not practice
WR Mike Williams (ankle)
WR Ben Obomanu (hand)
OG Chester Pitts (ankle)
LB Matt McCoy (head)
MLB Lofa Tatupu (knee)
DE Chris Clemons (ankle)
Limited in practice
CB Roy Lewis (knee)
QB Matt Hasselbeck (wrist)
DT Colin Cole (ankle)
TE John Carlson (hip)
Carlson was back after sitting out last week with a hip flexor, while Cole practiced for the first time since getting a high ankle sprain in the Week 8 loss to the Raiders in Oakland.
The status of Williams and Obomanu for Sunday’s game won’t be made until later in the week, said Carroll, who added, “We’re holding out hope that those guys still have a chance to play.”
With Tatupu and Clemons being given the day off, David Hawthorne slid over to middle linebacker and was replaced on the weak side by Will Herring; while Raheem Brock filled in for Clemons.
For the 49ers:
K Joe Nedney (knee)
OT Joe Staley (fibula)
Did not practice
DT Aubrayo Franklin (groin)
TE Delanie Walker (ankle)
RB DeShawn Wynn (ankle)
LB Takeo Spikes (ankle)
RB Brian Westbrook (not injury related)
CB Nate Clements (knee)
OT Anthony Davis (back)
LB Parys Haralson (ankle)
CB William James (concussion)
WR Josh Morgan (shoulder)
CB Shawntae Spencer (quad)
In checking out the photo gallery from today’s practice, pay special attention to the photo credit on the last picture. Lynch offered to help photographer Rod Mar by snapping a final photo, and Mar handed the running back his camera. Hey, the more things you can do, as they say.
Defensive end Clifton Geathers was released today. He had been claimed off waivers on Nov. 26. His release is the 262nd roster move made by Carroll and general manager John Schneider since they were hired in January.
The club has yet to sign a player to fill Geathers’ spot on the roster.
STAT DU JOUR
Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck has won 10 of his 14 starts against the 49ers, and completed 64.9 percent of passes (290 for 447) for 3,380 yards with 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for a passer rating of 94.1.
He also has a trio of career bests against the 49ers: 55 passing attempts in 2002, which is also the club record; a completion percentage of .840 in 2005 (21 of 25); and a 23-yard run.
YOU DON’T SAY
“The interesting thing about it is that I watched Reggie’s film, I can’t tell you how many times, because I was trying to figure out what kind of player he was because he was so unusual. And I only had eyes for Reggie. We weren’t looking for a quarterback like that at the time, but he becomes the No. 1 guy in the draft a few years later. Obviously, I missed that one. We did not recruit Alex. That’s how excited I was at the time about recruiting Reggie, I guess.” – Carroll on 49ers QB Alex Smith, who played at the same high school with Reggie Bush