A recap of the day’s events at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 20:
Golden Tate. The Seahawks’ third-year wide receiver plans to appeal the fine the NFL levied against him on Wednesday for his block on linebacker Sean Lee in Sunday’s victory over the Cowboys, in part to find out what he can do if put in a similar situation.
“I’m sure the commissioner went long and hard thinking about it and he thought that was right,” Tate said Thursday, when the team began preparing for Monday night’s game against the Packers at CenturyLink Field. “So I have to deal with it, fix the problem and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“It’s unfortunate that I got fined, but rules are rules.”
Tate also went long and hard thinking about the situation.
“That night, I looked over the hit several times, talked with some other people that had knowledge of the game, and I had mixed reviews. Some thought it was illegal, some thought it was legal. So I’m sure it was a tough decision.”
Tate will be seeking some clarification during his appeal process.
“When I do my appeal I’m going to ask them that: What would you suggest that I do to make sure that this doesn’t happen again?” he said “Because I never have intentions on injuring a player and I always want to play within the rules. So that’s a question that is going to come up when I have my appeal.”
Is the situation a distraction as Tate prepares for the Packers? Hardly.
“There’s been a lot,” he said when asked about the attention the block generated. “I try not to worry about it though. It’s a new week. I’m trying to forget about what happened last week and prepare for the Packers.”
Danny Gorrer. The newest member of the 53-man roster practiced with the team for the first time and the fourth-year cornerback broke up a sideline pass. Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas gets an assist for the team giving him a workout and then deciding to sign him on Tuesday.
“We had some inside scoop on him. Earl had grown up with him, and looked up to him as a young kid,” coach Pete Carroll said. “So we had some insights about him.”
Thomas grew up in Orange, Texas; Gorrer in Port Arthur, also the home of former Cowboys and Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson, former Seahawks defensive back Jordan Babineaux and late rock-blues singer Janis Joplin.
“That’s only about 10 minutes from Orange,” Thomas said. “He’s been an inspiration in my life.”
Now, he’s the latest member of the Seahawks’ secondary with silly speed. During his workout, Thomas said that Gorrer ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 or 4.38 seconds.
“He’s very fast,” Thomas said. “It was funny to see him out there running. He didn’t stretch that much and he still ran (that fast). So that’s one thing you can’t coach.”
Clay Matthews. Once a 208-pound walk-on at USC for Carroll, Matthews has grown into one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. In two games, the 255-pound linebacker has six sacks for the Packers.
Finding out where No. 52 is on every snap, and having a plan for how to deal with him, is Priority One of the Seahawks’ offense this week.
“He’s just about as tenacious as a player as you come up against,” coordinator Darrell Bevell said after practice. “He’s got great skill. His speed. His power. But I think the best think about him is he never stops. He continues to go from snap to whistle.”
The official report, as released by the team:
Did not practice
CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)
TE Zach Miller (foot)
RB Marshawn Lynch (back)
WR Doug Baldwin (shoulder)
WR Charly Martin (chest)
OT Russell Okung
The Seahawks got one receiver back – Martin, who practiced for the first time since bruising a lung in the opener against the Cardinals. But they then lost one – Baldwin, who had to leave practice.
While Lynch did very little in the team portions of practice as far as carrying the ball, he was helping the linemen with their reads and fits before and after snaps.
For the Packers:
Did not practice
TE Tom Crabtree (shoulder)
WR Greg Jennings (groin)
LB Jamari Lattimore (ankle)
WR Randall Cobb (hamstring)
CB Davon House (shoulder)
OG Josh Sitton (knee)
RB James Starks (toe)
DE C.J. Wilson (groin)
LB Terrell Manning (concussion)
LB Nick Perry (wrist)
“Turnover Thursday.” But today is Thursday. Only outside VMAC. Because of the Monday night game, the calendar week has been pushed back a day in the preparation week. Today was “Competition Wednesday,” as the players returned from their second off day this week. After “Turnover Thursday” (on Friday), it will be “No Repeat Friday” (on Saturday).
YOU DON’T SAY
“Concerned isn’t really the right word. I just think you have to be aware of it because it’s a factor. Those fans are really intelligent fans. They know when to cheer. They get so stinkin’ loud out there. They do a really good job of giving the defense that advantage when you have to go on some silent counts or when we’re trying to hear each other or communicate with each other. They do a real good job of that. They should be commended for that. … It’s definitely an extra factor and aid for that defense.” – Packers QB Aaron Rodgers when asked about the 12th Man crowd at CenturyLink