A recap of the day’s activities:
Roy Lewis. The Seahawks have lost their special teams captain, as Lewis was placed on injured reserve today with a knee problem that will require surgery.
“I think it’s a big factor, I really do,” coach Pete Carroll said when asked how the loss of Lewis would impact the play of the special teams.
“He’s a captain because of who he is and how he brings it week-in and week-out.”
Lewis has been bothered by the knee for a couple of weeks, Carroll said, and will have surgery Tuesday.
“We’ve had a fantastic year on special teams to date and we’re going to miss him,” Carroll said. “He’s a big part of it, and he is because of his energy and his leadership and the toughness that he brings.”
Lewis also has been playing as an extra cornerback in the dime and “Bandit” packages the defense uses when the opposition goes with three- and four-receiver sets. He has 17 tackles on defense, as well as a sack and four passes defensed; and eight coverage tackles on special teams.
To fill Lewis’ roster spot, cornerback Marcus Brown was signed off the practice squad.
Guard. The tandem of Chester Pitts (left side) and Mike Gibson (right) started for the first time against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and played well enough that they will remain the starters for this week’s game against the Buccaneers in Tampa.
“I liked the way we came off the ball,” said Carroll, noting that the running game averaged 4.3 yards per carry. “We’ll look at during the week, but right now we’re pretty much holding to that and we’ll see how it goes.”
With Gibson at right guard, Stacy Andrews was inactive after starting the previous 12 games on the right side.
Cornerback Marcus Trufant was feeling better today after being forced to sit out most of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons at Qwest Field because back spasms.
“He’s got some lower back stiffness,” Carroll said. “But he’s better. He’s been through a bunch of treatment already.”
Carroll also said the next 24-48 hours “is going to be really critical” for Trufant as the team begins preparing for this week’s game against the Buccaneers in Tampa.
“We’ll probably make sure we’re easy on him Wednesday and then see what happens by Thursday,” Carroll said.
Rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond missed Sunday’s game because of a sore hamstring, so when Trufant went down Kennard Cox filled in. Carroll said Thurmond will be back this week, and would start against the Bucs if Trufant cannot play.
Also in question this week because of injuries they got Sunday are defensive lineman Junior Siavii (stinger) and linebacker Will Herring (strained hamstring). Carroll said Siavii could miss a couple of weeks if he does not respond quickly to the tests and treatment he’s getting.
STAT DU JOUR
David Hawthorne needs 10 tackles to reach triple-digits for the second consecutive season. The third-year linebacker would become the first Seahawk to have back-to-back 100-plus tackle efforts in his first seasons as a starter since middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu in 2005-06.
Hawthorne led the team with 116 tackles last season after stepping in for an injured Tatupu. This season, when Hawthorne has moved to the weak-side, he has a team-high 90 tackles – including 64 in the past seven games.
YOU DON’T SAY
“The future is Saturday’s preparation for Sunday, you know, as we’re building right into it. It’s just now. We’re at the precipice of accomplishing something we wanted to accomplish when we started this season, and I want to make sure that we keep that in focus. I’m not worried about down the road right now. Right now, we’re just trying to get this week put together so when we take off and get out of here, we’re ready to go win a football game.” – Carroll, when asked if he weighed the future of the team when deciding to stick with QB Matt Hasselbeck this week