A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 24:
Second helpings. Not just on Thanksgiving dinner, but Thanksgiving.
Punter Jon Ryan is Canadian, so he’s on his second Thanksgiving today. He celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving, which was Oct. 10. Today, he’ll sample the U.S. version.
“My girl friend was down and we had a whole deal for Thanksgiving, and we had a couple guys come over,” Ryan, who is from Regina Saskatchewan, said of Thanksgiving No. 1.
As for Thanksgiving No. 2, he said, “I’m going over to some friends’ house. Double dipping. You have to.”
Whatever works, and Ryan has been working it this season and especially in the past few games. His average of 48.7 yards ranks fifth in the league. He repeatedly punted the Rams into poor field position in last week’s victory in St. Louis, when he averaged 49.7 yards on nine kicks, with a net of 44.9 and a long of 71 yards.
What could be better than two Thanksgivings? “If there was three of them, I’d do the third one, too,” he said.
In his quest to eliminate penalties, coach Pete Carroll had the unit that committed the most against the Rams purchase turkeys this week for the unit that was not penalized.
So today’s turkey dinners for the linebackers are on the offensive linemen.
“I got my turkey,” middle linebacker David Hawthorne said. “It’s in the oven as we speak.”
Speaking for his penalty-free unit, Hawthorne added, “Linebackers just don’t get penalties. We’re just bred to be the smartest guys on the field.”
A rather cool way to penalize one unit and reward another, right?
“It’s not cool at all,” center Max Unger said with a laugh. “We don’t want to get penalties. But we decided to sponsor the other group with turkeys.
“But it’s not cool at all.”
ON THE FIELD
The players practiced for an hour and 40 minutes today in the indoor practice facility. But they used wet balls, because the forecast for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins at CenturyLink Field is calling for rain and wind.
Rookie offensive linemen James Carpenter and John Moffitt had surgery on Wednesday to repair ligament damage in their knees. The procedures were performed by team doctors Ed Khalfayan and Mike McAdam at the Seattle Surgery Center.
Moffitt was injured in the victory over the Ravens 11 days ago, while Carpenter went down in practice last week.
IN ’N OUT
Offensive lineman Allen Barbre has been re-signed to fill Carpenter’s spot on the 53-man roster. Barbre was with the team for seven games last season.
After being limited in practice on Wednesday, QB Tarvaris Jackson took part – and threw – in every phase today. Working on Thursday has been his normal routine the past few weeks because of the strained pectoral in his right shoulder.
Wide receiver Ben Obomanu practiced today, on a limited basis, after sitting out Wednesday.
Official injury report:
Did not practice
WR Sidney Rice (knee)
DT Alan Branch (ankle)
CB Byron Maxwell (ankle)
WR Ben Obomanu (knee/ankle)
QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral)
S Atari Bigby (hamstring)
DE Anthony Hargrove (hamstring)
For the Redskins:
LB London Fletcher (ankle)
OT Jammal Brown (groin)
S DeJon Gomes (knee)
OG Maurice Hurt (knee)
OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
OT Trent Williams (knee)
CB Josh Wilson (hamstring)
WR Niles Paul (toe)
WR Donte Stallworth (foot)
LB Keyaron Fox (infection)
S LaRon Landry (Achilles)
WR Santana Moss (hand)
STAT DU JOUR
Speaking of Ryan, in his fourth season with the Seahawks he’s already punted his way to the top of several statistical categories. Here’s how he stacks up on the club’s all-time lists:
Jon Ryan 45.1
Rick Tuten 43.8
Jeff Feagles 42.1
Punter (year) Avg.
Jon Ryan (2011) 48.7
Jon Ryan (2009) 46.2
Jon Ryan (2008) 45.6
Player (year) Avg.
Jon Ryan (2011) 61.0
Rick Tuten (1996) 55.2
Jon Ryan (2008) 53.4
Season net average
Player (year) Avg.
Jon Ryan (2011) 39.8
Rick Tuten (1992) 38.7
Jon Ryan (2009) 38.7
Player (year) Distance
Jon Ryan (2011) 77
Rick Tuten (1995) 73
Ryan Plackemeier (2006) 72
The players will have their final full practice for Sunday’s game on Friday morning. After the game, they will have only a three-day period to prepare for Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles – also at CenturyLink Field.
Tickets are available for both games and can be purchased here.
YOU DON’T SAY
“The bottom line is winning, and whatever the formula is the formula right now is working.” – offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell when asked if he was looking to get more pass attempts this week after the Seahawks have run the ball season-high totals of 42 and 39 times during the current two-game winning streak