A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 25:
Robert Gallery. The veteran left guard who was signed in free agency didn’t just return to the starting lineup in Sunday’s game against the Browns in Cleveland, he looked like a different player.
More active. More agile. More physical.
“Robert looked good,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We noticed it during the week. I thought he was better than he was a month ago.”
That’s when Gallery had surgery to repair a groin injury, a procedure that forced him to miss three games and the team’s bye-week practices. If his performance against the Browns was any indication, the wait to get him back was worth it.
“He had an existing issue that … was hampering him and he was playing through it,” Carroll said, before repeating, “He looked better.
“He looked quicker and looked flexible, and for his first time playing in five weeks he played well. He came out (of the game) OK, to, so that’s good for us.”
STAT DU JOUR
Chris Clemons had a career-high 11 sacks in his first season with the Seahawks and the “Leo” defensive end leads the team again with six sacks in six games this season. Those 17 sacks put Clemons at No. 7 for the most in the league since the start of last season. Here’s the Top 10:
Player, team Sacks
LB DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys 23.5
DE Jared Allen, Vikings 22.5
DE Jason Babin, Titans/Eagles 19.5
LB Cameron Wake, Dolphins 19.0
LB Tamba Hali, Chiefs 18.5
DE Charles Johnson, Panthers 17.5
DE Chris Clemons, Seahawks 17.0
LB LaMarr Woodley, Steelers 17.0
LB Clay Matthews, Packers 16.5
DE Osi Umenyiora, Giants 16.5
Ware, Allen, Babin, Wake, Woodley and Matthews were voted to the Pro Bowl either last season or in 2009 – or both.
PRO BOWL BALLOTING
Speaking of the Pro Bowl and Clemons, fan voting for this season has begun at NFL.com. You can cast your vote here.
The players return from their “off” day on Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field. Wednesday’s practice will be pivotal for several players who are trying to return from injuries: quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral), center Max Unger (foot), running back Marshawn Lynch (back) and cornerback Roy Lewis (knee).
YOU DON’T SAY
“He’s a backup is what he is. Josh has a long way to go. We really like the progress he’s made and all, but he’s not close to being ready to push for the job. He’ll be a backup going into the game and we wouldn’t hesitate using him if we had to use him – we’d run the offense in a limited fashion – because he’s an exciting player. But he just has not had the background to catch up yet.” – Carroll when asked if No. 3 QB Josh Portis was a viable factor this week if Jackson cannot play