Cyber surfing: Friday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for Nov. 18:

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at the latest loss for the Seahawks’ offensive line, rookie right tackle James Carpenter: “There is something so incredibly unfortunate and downright fluky about Carpenter’s injury that it merits pause. The first-round pick was hurt during a one-on-one drill that is among the most basic for an offensive lineman. It’s an exercise he has done perhaps a thousand times this year alone, a drill that (Tom) Cable has coached for 25 years. ‘I’ve never lost a guy in a (pass-protection) drill, Cable said.”

Also at the Times, Earl Thomas did a live chat yesterday. The free safety answered a variety of questions, including this one about finding a good nickname for him: “People on the team already call me Deuce. It comes from Gus (Bradley), the defensive coordinator. He wanted to name his son Deuce, so he tried it out on me. Everybody calls me Deuce.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald looks at the longer-term impact of losing both Carpenter and rookie right guard John Moffitt to knee injuries in the same week: “Now Seattle’s two promising rookie linemen will miss out not just on the experience of seven more games, but likely some of the team’s offseason workouts. And Carpenter and Moffitt, like all other rookies in the league, were already behind coming into the season when they missed out on offseason workouts thanks to the NFL lockout. These injuries will only further stunt the growth of two players the Seahawks expect to be a big part of their future. ‘It’s tough on them, because every day they do something that is part of their development,’ offensive line coach Tom Cable said. ‘They didn’t have the offseason, so the offseason would be valuable for them, as would the second half of the season, so we’re going to lose all that.’”

Eric Williams at the New Tribune looks at the future of running back Marshawn Lynch – physical and fiscal: “Lynch is one several top-flight backs who are playing for new contracts, along with Chicago’s Matt Forte, Buffalo’s Fred Jackson, Houston’s Arian Foster and Baltimore’s Ray Rice. An Oct. 23 game in which Lynch was a last-minute scratch because of lower back spasms might have proved how much the hard-running Lynch means to Seattle offensively. In a very winnable game against Cleveland on the road, the Seahawks mustered only 68 rushing yards and lost, 6-3, while Lynch watched from the sideline.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com looks at something that is missing from Steve Jackson’s resume – a 100-yard rushing effort in 14 previous games against the Seahawks by the Rams running back: “He has reached 100 yards in 30 career games and is riding a three-game streak with at least 128. But with the Seahawks coming to the Edward Jones Dome in Week 11, that streak appears in danger.”

Sando also looks at the opportunities for the pass-rushers in the NFC West as the divisions four teams matchup up on Sunday, including the Seahawks’ Chris Clemons: “Clemons had two sacks at St. Louis last season and 2.5 against the Rams overall. He has no sacks in his last three games. The Rams’ Sam Bradford took a season-low one sack against Cleveland last week. The Rams’ running game has improved recently, helping Bradford, but Seattle is strong against the run. Rodger Saffold has struggled with injuries and hasn’t taken a step forward following a promising rookie season. This matchup should favor Clemons.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the changing of the guard – and tackle – on the right side of the Seahawks’ line in this story, as well as “Thursday in Hawkville”: “Today was the first practice with Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan working at right tackle and right guard to replace the rookie tandem of James Carpenter, who tore the ACL in his left knee during a pass-rush drill on Wednesday; and John Moffitt, who damaged two ligaments in his right knee in Sunday’s win over the Ravens. Giacomini and McQuistan will join left tackle Russell Okung, left guard Robert Gallery and center Max Unger in this week’s game against the Rams in St. Louis as the Seahawks look to continue the upward trend that has seen them rush for 100-plus yards in back-to-back games for the first time since Weeks 6-7 last season and allow just one sack each in the games against the Cowboys in Dallas and the Ravens at CenturyLink Field. ‘I felt like we were on the right path,’ assistant head coach/line coach Tom Cable said after the 105-minute practice that was held in the indoor practice facility. ‘We were kind of heading in the right direction.’ ”

There’s also Tony Ventrella’s video recap, as well as his weekly “Seahawks Inside” that feature QB Josh Portis.

For a look at the injury situation around the league, Reid Forgrave at FoxSports.com has this rundown: “So the preseason predictions of the pundit-ocracy — that the lockout-shortened training camps would cause NFL injuries to skyrocket — must have been right. Right? Wrong. A recent study by Kevin Meers of the Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective shows that the number of NFL injuries up to this point in the season is almost exactly the same as at this point last year. Moreover, the study indicates that the severity of these injuries has increased only slightly over a year ago. And at the midway point of the season, 44 fewer players were on the season-ending injured reserve than at the same point the year before. Instead, the perceived injury explosion in the NFL has more to do with who has been injured, not how many have been injured.”


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