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Cyber surfing: Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Dec. 8:

Eric Williams at the News Tribune checks in with Lemuel Jeanpierre, the new starter at right guard: “Last year, Seattle used 10 different starting offensive line combinations, and had to rely on a mishmash of journeyman veterans, such as Chester Pitts, Stacy Andrews and Tyler Polumbus, to plug holes up front. But now the Seahawks have developed enough depth behind their front-line starters that they’ve been able to weather losing three of the starting five offensive linemen to season-ending injuries this year. That’s where Jeanpierre comes in. The 24-year-old player out of South Carolina was signed to Seattle’s practice squad last season after being cut by Kansas City during final roster cut-downs in September. Jeanpierre spent most of his first season in Seattle on the practice squad learning the ropes but was moved up to the active roster for the final two playoff games last January, although he was not active for either game. However, the year on the practice squad helped prepare Jeanpierre for his role as the backup center and interior lineman this season. He’ll get his second start of the year on Monday at right guard, with Paul McQuistan moving from right guard to left tackle to replace Russell Okung – out for the year with a torn pectoral muscle.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald looks at NFL’s fine system and finds it to be inconsistent: “I’d say the league has me scratching my head over its disciplinary policies, but I’m afraid scratching my defenseless head too vigorously might result in a $20,000 fine. Many of the fines the NFL hands out are the result of the league trying to keep its athletes safe, and in theory that’s a great idea. The problem, as we’ve seen over and over again, is how inconsistently the punishment is handed out.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has his weekly “Injuries Situations that Matter” in the NFC West: “Tarvaris Jackson’s apparent recovery from a pectoral injury has allowed him to practice fully the last couple weeks. That’s significant for an offense adjusting to frequently changing parts on the offensive line, and at receiver. Paul McQuistan goes from replacing the injured John Moffitt at right guard to replacing the injured Russell Okung at left tackle, a scenario the Seahawks never could have envisioned. Lemuel Jeanpierre steps in at right guard. All signs point to Seattle continuing its emphasis on the running game. On defense, David Hawthorne has been playing through knee problems. He was the NFC’s defensive player of the week after returning an interception 77 yards for a touchdown against Philadelphia. The injury prevented him from opening up and running full speed, however. K.J. Wright took practice reps at middle linebacker while Hawthorne rested. Rookie Mike Morgan stepped into lineup at Wright’s old spot. With no game till Monday, Hawthorne presumable has a good shot at playing.”

Also from Sando, a look at how the division could produce four 1,000-yard rushers: “One division has produced four 1,000-yard rushers in a season five times since divisional realignment in 2002. Each NFC West team’s leading rusher is on pace for at least 1,100 yards. Only one division, the AFC North in 2010, has produced four players with at least 1,100 yards since realignment.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at Leroy Hill, and how his steady play has been a steadying influence for the young defense: “But this has been a season of surprising, and even unexpected, events for Hill – starting with the team re-signing him in free agency. Then, Lofa Tatupu was releasing, opening a starting spot on the weak side for Hill because David Hawthorne moved inside the replace Tatupu. Then, Aaron Curry, the No. 4 pick overall in the 2009 NFL Draft, was traded to the Oakland Raiders, with rookie K.J. Wright stepping in for him. ‘This season means more, because I didn’t have football at all and it was tough,’ Hill said. ‘It’s that old thing where you don’t know how much you miss it until you haven’t got it. Then, you miss it even more when you know you can still play.’ So here Hill is, a leader on an improved and improving defense – on and off the field; from the locker room on the first floor of Virginia Mason Athletic Center to the coaches’ offices on the second floor. ‘It’s been very settling to have him,’ Carroll said. ‘He’s been a real confidence factor for our guys because he’s the real deal. He’s a hard-nosed, tough man and it’s good for the young guys to see how he is. He’s just been rock-solid, consistent throughout.’ ”

We’ve also got “Wednesday in Hawkville,” which includes Hawthorne’s selection as NFC Defensive Player of the Week, and an “Up next” look at the Rams.


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