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Friday in Hawkville: Trufant to work in No. 1 nickel

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 17:

FOCUS ON

Nickel back. Roy Lewis was the third cornerback in passing situations with the No. 1 defense in the preseason opener against the Titans last week, a spot he has played the past two seasons. Saturday night, Marcus Trufant steps into that role – a new one for the former first-round draft choice and Pro Bowl left cornerback.

Of the switch, coach Pete Carroll said, “Roy is ahead of everybody else in the learning and the understanding. … We know what he can do and we want to see what other guys can do. Tru has grown, made a couple of nice plays in the game.”

Of his new role, Trufant said, “I’m a little more comfortable there. But I’m still growing. I’m still learning the position. I just want to help the team out in any way I can and just do the best job I can. It comes down to making plays and making things happen. So that’s what I’m looking forward to doing.”

IN ’N OUT

Defensive lineman Jason Jones returned for today’s walkthrough/practice, but 14 players did not participate: wide receiver Ben Obomanu, tight ends Zach Miller and Cameron Morrah, offensive linemen John Moffitt, James Carpenter and Lemuel Jeanpierre, defensive linemen Cordarro Law and Pep Levingston, linebackers Matt McCoy, Barrett Ruud, Malcolm Smith and Mike Morgan and defensive backs Walter Thurmond and Ron Parker.

THE NEXT VOICE YOU’LL HEAR

Steve Raible will be back in the booth to handle the radio play-by-play on 710 ESPN and 97.3 FM after missing the opener. He’ll be joined by Paul Moyer, the only person in franchise history to play and coach for the Seahawks as well as serve as the radio analyst.

Moyer will be with Raible on the radio because Warren Moon is working the telecast on KCPQ/13 with Curt Menefee.

UP NEXT

The Seahawks play their second preseason game on Saturday night against the Broncos in Denver. The players will have Sunday off.

YOU DON’T SAY

“Fortunately, again we’re playing in Denver in the preseason right around my birthday – it does fall with the time frame. So we’ll take that shot again.” – Carroll, who “throws” his age each year, on attempting to uncork a 61-yarder before Saturday night’s game (he’ll turn 61 on Sept. 15)


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