A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 16:
Tarvaris Jackson. Pete Carroll was asked the weekly midweek question about his quarterback and that sore right shoulder today – not to be confused with the early-in-the-week and later-in-the-week questions about the same subject.
“I can’t tell you that,” the Seahawks’ coach said to the is-Jackson’s-pectoral-getting-better-week-to-week inquiry. “At the end of Friday, we’ll know. Because he goes back and forth. It doesn’t just always steadily improve for him and it responds each day that he works.
“So it’s a minimal amount of work that he’s doing and he’s doing fine. He’s doing remarkably well under the circumstances and we’ll see how he does again this week.”
Jackson is expected to start Sunday’s game against the Rams in St. Louis, just as he has the past two games – after limited work in practice during the week. Carroll said Jackson threw only one pass in today’s morning walk-through and the QB was then limited in practice this afternoon, when backup Charlie Whitehurst got most of the reps with the No. 1 offense.
It’s all part of the process that has become Jackson’s weekly pain-tolerance routine since injuring his throwing shoulder in the Week 5 upset of the Giants.
“We’re all just learning,” Carroll said. “He’s kind of learning himself with what he can do and what he can’t do. We know kind of what the rhythms are of it now and we’ll see what he can do and then we’ll just take the next day and find out.
“Unfortunately, he can’t practice very much and when he does he’s holding back. That’s just the way it is.”
Brandon Lloyd. The veteran wide receiver has been quite the catch for the Rams. In four games since joining the team, Lloyd has 21 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns – and the Rams have won two of their past three games.
“Since Brandon Lloyd has jumped on board they’ve picked it up and they’ve got it going,” Carroll said. “They’ve really gone to him. He’s probably been targeted more in the four games that he’s been there than any one receiver in the whole season.
“So they’ve really thrown him in the mix to make him a featured player and he’s done beautifully with it.”
For the record, Lloyd has been targeted 47 times in those four games. He’s also familiar with the Rams’ system because he played for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel when both were with the Broncos.
“It’s been a big addition for us,” Rams QB Sam Bradford said today. “Obviously, that’s a position that we have gone through a lot of different guys this year – guys getting dinged up, different guys stepping in to play. I think adding Brandon to our team just added another weapon for us to throw the ball down the field and another weapon who, for the most part, we can rely on to get open in one-on-one coverage.
“Whereas before him, I’m not sure we really had a true No. 1 receiver. To get him here is nice.”
IN ’N OUT
The big news out of practice was rookie right tackle James Carpenter going down with an injury to his left knee during the pass-rush drill. The Seahawks’ first-round draft choice is scheduled to have a MRI tonight. After Carpenter was taken to the training room, Breno Giacomini finished practice at right tackle.
The four players who had recent concussions – wide receivers Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin, strong safety Kam Chancellor and linebacker David Vobora – participated in the 100-minute, full-pads practice that was held in the indoor practice facility. Chancellor participated in all phases of practice, while Rice, Baldwin and Vobora were limited.
Ben Obomanu filled in for Rice and Golden Tate worked in the slot for Baldwin.
Here’s the official injury report:
Did not practice
S Atari Bigby (hamstring)
DL Anthony Hargrove (hamstring)
WR Doug Baldwin (head)
QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral)
WR Sidney Rice (head)
LB David Vobora (head)
SS Kam Chancellor (concussion)
TE Cameron Morrah (toe/knee)
For the Rams:
Did not practice
WR Brandon Gibson (groin)
OT Jason Smith (head)
RB Carnell Williams (calf)
WR Danario Alexander (hamstring)
LB Josh Hull (hamstring)
LB Bryan Kehl (ankle)
TE Lance Kendricks (foot)
CB Justin King (head)
RB Jerious Norwood (hamstring)
OT Rodger Saffold (head)
DE Eugene Sims (shoulder)
S Darian Stewart (neck)
QB Sam Bradford (ankle)
STAT DU JOUR
Steven Hauschka not only became the fourth player in franchise history to kick five field goals in a game last week, he was the third to do it in five attempts. When Norm Johnson set the club record in 1987, he hit five of six – as did Todd Peterson in 1999 and Olindo Mare in 2010. Joining Hauschka in the five-for-five club are Johnson (in 1988) and Mare (in 2010). Here’s a look at the five-field goal kickers, ranked by total yardage of their kicks:
Kicker (year, opponent) Total yards (field goals)
Todd Peterson (1999, Steelers) 201 (45, 51, 41, 26, 38)
Norm Johnson (1987, Chiefs) 181 (34, 25, 46, 27, 49)
Norm Johnson (1988, Raiders) 170 (39, 24, 40, 35, 32)
Steven Hauschka (2011, Ravens) 164 (22, 38, 39, 35, 30)
Olindo Mare (2010, Cardinals) 152 (20, 31, 51, 24, 26)
Olindo Mare (2010, Cardinals) 136 (41, 34, 19, 23, 19)
Mare missed from 29 yards in 2010; Peterson from 30 in 1999; and Johnson from 39 in 1987.
The players will practice Thursday afternoon and also hold a morning practice on Friday and a walk-through on Saturday before the team flies to St. Louis for Sunday’s game – which has a 3:05 p.m. local kickoff, or 1:05 PT.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I feel like we’re a better football team than we were last year. We’re younger, which has been a factor, but we’re stronger and I think our depth has held up better. So I think in time I’m hoping that this is going to show in terms of wins by the end of the season. Whether it does or not, I don’t know.” – Carroll