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Friday in Hawkville: A closer look at the Thomas, Gorrer connection

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 21:

FOCUS ON

Earl Thomas and Danny Gorrer. The newest member of the 53-man roster was signed on Tuesday and practiced for the first time on Thursday, when Thomas also discussed his brother-like relationship with Gorrer.

But one thing Thomas said requires additional attention: “Growing up where we came from, our mentality is different from a lot of people.”

It’s not the first time Thomas, the Seahawks’ Pro Bowl free safety, has alluded to life in their shared corner of Texas – he is from Orange; Gorrer is from Port Arthur.

“You’ve got to work a little harder than everybody else,” said Gorrer, a fourth-year cornerback who entered the NFL as a rookie free agent in 2009 with the Saints and also has spent time with the Rams and Ravens. “Because if you don’t make it in something you love doing, no telling what you’ll be doing.

“So you’ve got to have that mentality: You want out. That’s the way we look at things still to this day. We’re still not out yet, so you’ve got to keep grinding.”

Thomas also referred to Gorrer as “an inspiration in my life” and said they were “closest friends through the whole journey that we both had.” It’s a journey that took Gorrer from Memorial High School in Port Arthur, where he was an all-state selection, to Texas A&M; and Thomas from West Orange-Stark High, where he also was an all-state player, to the University Texas, to being the Seahawks as a first-round draft choice in 2010, to being a Pro Bowl starter in only his second season.

“It kind of feels weird having him here,” Thomas said. “I kind of see him like every bye week we have or on vacation, so it’s just kind of crazy to see him right on the sideline next to me. But it’s fun at the same time.”

Gorrer is staying with Thomas, but he stresses that they’re both here to do a job.

“It’s a blessing,” Gorrer said. “But at the same time it’s work. When we’re at work, we’re at work. We barely talk. But when we get to the house, it’s ‘Good job,’ and we get to have a little fun.”

While Thomas calls Gorrer “an inspiration,” Gorrer refers to Thomas as “my brother.”

“Him looking up to me is an honor,” said Gorrer, who is 16 months older than Thomas. “Because at the same time I look up to him.”

COMMERCIAL BREAK

Russell Wilson, the Seahawks’ rookie quarterback, has yet to see the commercial he did for Levi’s on TV. He’s been too busy preparing for Monday night’s game against the Packers at CenturyLink Field.

“I’m here all day,” Wilson said. “I’m so focused on football I don’t really pay attention to it.”

Others, however, have.

“I’ve gotten a lot of text messages and emails and stuff like that about it,” he said. “It’s pretty cool, because it’s the honest truth about me and just kind of how I grew up. So that’s kind of the cool part about it all.”

PICTURE NEAR-PERFECT

The backup or No. 3 quarterback spends the week portraying that week’s opposing QB in practice. For the Seahawks, that means Matt Flynn has been playing the part of the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. And who better? Flynn was Rodgers’ backup the past four seasons in Green Bay before signing with the Seahawks in free agency.

“How about Flynn today? Did he do a great job?” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said after practice. “He really gave a good look on just how fast a tempo it is and the speed and the hot (reads) that (Rodgers) hits.”

INJURY REPORT

The official report, as released by the team:

Did not practice

WR Doug Baldwin (shoulder)

CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)

Full participation

TE Zach Miller (foot)

RB Marshawn Lynch (back)

WR Charly Martin (chest)

OT Russell Okung

Baldwin sat out because of the shoulder he injured in practice on Thursday. But Lynch and Miller participated in all phases after being limited on Thursday.

For the Packers:

Did not practice

LB Jamari Lattimore (ankle)

Limited participation

TE Tom Crabtree (shoulder)

WR Greg Jennings (groin)

WR Randall Cobb (hamstring)

CB Davon House (shoulder)

OG Josh Sitton (knee)

RB James Starks (toe)

DE C.J. Wilson (groin)

Full participation

LB Terrell Manning (concussion)

LB Nick Perry (wrist)

UP NEXT

A rare regular-season Saturday practice. Because the team is playing Monday night, its usual “No Repeat Friday” practice will be held tomorrow.

YOU DON’T SAY

“It’s almost like, I don’t know how we’ll do. I don’t know. We’re going to go in and test our philosophy, see how it works. But they’ll know we’re there. We’re going to him ’em. We’re going to hustle. We’re going to be ball hawks. We’re going to go for that ball. And our guys say, ‘You know what? We’re ready for this challenge. We’re ready for this challenge, let’s go see. Let’s go play the game and see what happens.’ If there are things that go wrong, we’ll get them fixed. But we’re just going to try to keep building on it. With our guys, that’s how they look at it. So they’re excited. What a great opportunity. This is one of the best offenses in the league; the most-explosive offense. Let’s go see how we do. But let’s go play fast now. That’s the exciting part of it.” – Bradley on the multifaceted challenges presented by the Packers offense


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