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Tuesday in Hawkville: Omiyale to the rescue

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 18:

FOCUS ON

Frank Omiyale. After being a last-minute replacement for left tackle Russell Okung in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, Omiyale’s performance against sack-specialist DeMarcus Ware was greeted with a chorus of, “Wow, look what he was able to do.”

Omiyale’s reaction? It was more, “Whoa, this is what I’m here to do.”

The plan all week was that Okung would be able to play, despite bruising his left knee in the season opener. But when he simply wasn’t mobile enough in pregame warm-ups, Okung was inactive and Omiyale moved in against the hyperactive Ware.

The Seahawks’ plan for Ware? “Our plan was to hope he didn’t kill us,” coach Pete Carroll said after the game.

Omiyale helped make sure that didn’t happen, by simply going about his business in the Seahawks’ 27-7 victory.

“That’s definitely why I’m here,” he said today, when the players had meetings but did not practice in between off days because this week’s game is on Monday night against the Packers.

“I have starter’s ability. But I’m just glad that I could show up for the team when they needed me.”

Omiyale has started in the league before – 31 games the past three seasons with the Bears; and he also has played for line coach Tom Cable before – in 2006, his second NFL season, while with the Falcons.

It was that combination of familiarity with what it takes to be a starter in the league and what Cable demands from his linemen that brought Omiyale to Seattle in free agency during the offseason.

“That’s a statement I couldn’t wait to get at in the locker room because it’s going to happen at other positions throughout the year,” Carroll said on Monday. “You expect guys to jump in there and do their best. We need them to holdup the same level of play.

“Frank did that. He got knocked around a little bit at times playing against a great player. But he held his own. He had a credible game and we’re thankful he could get that done.”

ROSTER MOVES

Cornerback Danny Gorrer was added to the 53-man roster today, while linebacker Korey Toomer and guard Rishaw Johnson were re-signed to the practice squad.

To clear spots, running back Kregg Lumpkin was released from the 53-man roster and wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and linebacker Allen Bradford were released from the practice squad.

Gorrer entered the league as a rookie free agent with Saints in 2009, and also has spent time with the Rams and Ravens. He made his only start in 2009 with the Rams and played in 11 games last season with the Ravens.

STAT DU JOUR

Guess who has the best winning percentage in the history of “Monday Night Football”? The Seahawks, whose 17-8 record makes for a winning percentage of .680.

Here are the best winning percentages on MNF:

Team             Wins     Losses       Pct.

Seahawks       17           8            .680

Steelers          39         23            .629

49ers               41         25           .621

Colts                20         13           .606

Giants              38         25          .602

UP NEXT

The players have their second off day of the week on Wednesday, before returning Thursday to start practicing for Monday night’s game.

YOU DON’T SAY

“I’ve been around some great backs – Warrick Dunn in Atlanta and (Matt) Forte in Chicago – but I’ve never been around a back like Marshawn.” – Omiyale on Marshawn Lynch, who had 100 of his 122 rushing yards against the Cowboys in the second half


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