A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for 11-11-11:
John Carlson. The fourth-year tight end is on injured reserve after having surgery to repair a torn labrum. But not being able to play hasn’t stopped Carlson from being able to give back.
Today, he was named the Seahawks’ Man of the Year for his work in the community.
“Obviously, it’s just a tremendous honor, and not something that I expected,” Carlson said. “I accept it on behalf of all the guys on this team that do things in the community, because it’s not just me. Just like every year it’s not just the guy who wins Man of the Year. There are a lot of people on the team that contribute.”
His picture will now he added to a hallway at Virginia Mason Athletic Center that includes those of past winners – a who’s who of franchise history that features four-time winner Eugene Robinson and three-time winner Mike Tice as well as Jim Zorn, Dave Brown, Steve Largent, Jacob Green, Matt Hasselbeck, Mack Strong, Shaun Alexander, Marcus Trufant and Roy Lewis (last year’s winner who also was a finalist this year).
“It’s very humbling just to look at the guys who have won it,” Carlson said. “It’s truly an honor.”
Carlson also stressed the contributions of Sandy Gregory, the team’s director of community outreach.
“Sandy gives the opportunities, and she works very hard to make sure that we’re doing those things,” Carlson said.
“Obviously, it’s very important to do community outreach stuff because that’s the way we can make a difference. What we’re doing on the field is great, and we love what we do – it’s fun, it’s a blast. But we’re not making a difference by playing football. But it’s a platform by which we can make a difference.”
The official end-of-the-week status report:
LB David Vobora (concussion)
TE Cameron Morrah (toe/knee)
WR Sidney Rice (foot)
QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral)
Jackson, Rice and Morrah all participated fully in today’s 85-minute practice that was held in the indoor practice facility. Coach Pete Carroll said that Rice and Jackson are ready to go in Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens at CenturyLink Field, but that the decision on Morrah’s status will be made on game day.
Jackson took more snaps today than he did on Thursday, when he got more work than he did on Wednesday. But the key with him remains how his throwing shoulder feels the day after the increased activity.
“We’re trying to manage it as we learn how to handle it,” Carroll said of Jackson’s shoulder. “And he has a lot of input on that. But he made it through. You look at tomorrow with a good rest day, he should be OK. But he still has to go out and throw on Sunday and get warmed up. So we’ll have to wait and see.
“He’s been great about it. He has no doubt in his mind he’s playing.”
For the Ravens:
RB Anthony Allen (thigh)
LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh)
WR Lee Evans (ankle)
LB Brandon Ayandadejo (head)
C Matt Birk (neck)
S Ed Reed (shoulder)
LB Terrell Suggs (knee)
TE Kris Wilson (calf)
Reed and Suggs participated fully in practice before the Ravens flew to Seattle for Sunday’s game. They sat out on Thursday.
STAT DU JOUR
The Seahawks did as good a job as any team has in limiting the impact of Cowboys Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware last week. Now comes Ray Lewis, the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker for the Ravens – not to mention a two-time NFL defensive player of the year. Here’s a look at the game-by-game production for each:
Opponent Tackles Big plays
Steelers 7 Interception
Titans 8 Pass defensed
Rams 10 Sack, forced fumble
Jets 5 Pass defensed
Texans 12 Sack
Jaguars 8 Pass defensed
Cardinals 5 Pass defensed
Steelers 5 Pass defensed
Opponent Tackles Big plays
Jets 4 Two sacks
49ers 6 Two sacks
Redskins 4 Sack
Lions 3 Tackle for loss
Patriots 5 Two sacks
Rams 3 Sack, forced fumble
Eagles 11 Four sacks, forced fumble
Seahawks 3 Tackle for loss
The players will have a walk-thru on Saturday morning and then meetings that night at the team hotel.
Tickets remain for Sunday’s game and can be purchased here.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Well, it’s like trying to move a tractor. It’s hard to get that thing going. When they have a direction they’re going in, they pretty much consistently get there. It’s going to take a couple guys on those guys. We’ve got to try to get them moving and get away from them and use their momentum. They’re very, very football players and very effective in how they do it.” – Carroll on the Ravens’ defensive line of 330-pound tackle Haloti Ngata, 349-pound nose tackle Terrence Cody and 298-pound end Cory Redding