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Friday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 7:

FOCUS ON

Ben Obomanu. The focus shifts to the sixth-year wide receiver because Mike Williams will not play in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants in the Meadowlands. So Obomanu will start opposite Sidney Rice.

Williams got a concussion in last week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons and has yet to be cleared to practice.

“Ben’s a really good football player,” coach Pete Carroll said after today’s 100-minute practice. “We’d love to have Mike. But Obo is a very, very capable football player.”

Obomanu has 11 receptions, which ties him with Rice was second on the team – one behind slot receiver Doug Baldwin.

OPPONENT WATCH

Victor Cruz. He doesn’t even start, but the Giants’ second-year wide receiver is cutting into the snaps that Mario Manningham has been getting. Cruz is averaging 20.5 yards on his 11 catches, including touchdown receptions of 74 and 28 yards against the Eagles two weeks ago as part of his three-catch, 110-yard day. Last week, he had a career-high six catches for 98 yards against the Cardinals.

“Victor has played well for us the last couple weeks,” quarterback Eli Manning said this week. “He’s just a guy that’s learning, a guy that we’ve put in the slot some and he’s been playing outside. He does a good job once he catches the ball of making guys miss, making some big plays.

“He’s a tough guy and he wants to learn. He wants to get better. He’s putting in the effort in practice and in the meeting rooms to understand what he needs to do.”

INJURY REPORT

The official end-of-the-week status report, as released by the team:

Out

OG Robert Gallery (groin)

WR Mike Williams (concussion)

Doubtful

LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring)

CB Byron Maxwell (ankle)

Questionable

CB Marcus Trufant (back)

SS Kam Chancellor (quad)

WR Kris Durham (hamstring)

Probable

DT Anthony Hargrove (hamstring)

TE Zach Miller (knee)

Trufant did not practice for the second consecutive day, but Carroll said he expects the veteran corner to play against the Giants. Trufant tweaked his back against the Falcons, but it did not stiffen until Wednesday.

Chancellor participated in every phase of practice after being limited on Thursday. He is expected to start. Durham injured a hamstring during practice, but Carroll expects him to be able to play on Sunday.

For the Giants:

Out

CB Prince Amukamara (foot)

C David Baas (stinger)

Doubtful

RB Brandon Jacobs (knee)

DL Justin Tuck (neck)

Probable

DT Rocky Bernard (ribs)

DE Osi Umenyiora (knee)

LB Michael Boley (knee)

STAT DU JOUR

The Seahawks have been a very good pre-bye week team – as in 16-6 good the week before their byes. Here’s a look at their previous pre-bye performances as they get ready for their bye next week:

Year     Outcome

1990    W, Kansas City, 19-7

1991    W, San Diego, 20-9

1992    L, at New York Giants, 23-10

1993    W, San Diego, 31-14

W, Cleveland, 22-5

1994    L, Denver, 16-9

1995    W, Cincinnati, 24-21

1996    W, at Miami, 22-15

1997    W, Tennessee, 16-13

1998    L, Denver, 21-16

1999    W, Oakland, 22-21

2000    W, at Jacksonville, 28-21

2001     W, Denver, 34-21

2002     W, Minnesota, 48-23

2003     W, St. Louis, 24-23

2004     W, San Francisco, 34-0

2005     W, Dallas, 13-10

2006     L, at Chicago, 37-6

2007     W, St. Louis, 33-6

2008     W, St. Louis, 37-13

2009     L, Arizona, 27-3

2010     L, St. Louis, 20-3

UP NEXT

The team flew to New Jersey today and will hold a walk-thru there on Saturday.

YOU DON’T SAY

“They’re a difficult team. They do a lot of really good stuff and hard stuff, and they have really good players doing it. So it just taxes you.” – Carroll on preparing for the 3-1 Giants


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