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Wednesday in Hawkville: Mebane comes out pumping and bumping

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 26:

FOCUS ON

Pumps to the bump. That’s what nose tackle Brandon Mebane calls his celebratory dance after getting a sack, which he did twice in Monday night’s victory over the Packers at CenturyLink Field.

What does it look like? Think an undulating waterbed.

Where did it come from? Blame former teammates Rocky Bernard and Chuck Darby.

“Actually, I started doing that my second year,” said Mebane, who was a third-round draft choice in 2007. “Because my first year, Chuck Darby and Rocky Bernard told me if I get a tackle for loss or a sack, I’ve got to break it down, I’ve got to do a dance.”

Mebane had two sacks as a rookie and then collected 5.5 in 2008. But he had only 2.5 in the next three seasons.

“They’re hard to come by,” he said. “So you’ve got to get some kind of celebration going on.”

So “pumps to the bump” it is.

The reaction to Mebane’s double-dip of pumps and bumps seemed to be mixed.

“He should be fined for that,” linebacker Leroy Hill cracked. “I call it the belly roll, and I don’t have enough belly to do it.”

But defensive end Red Bryant offered, “I love it. I wish I could do it. Last year against Chicago when I was able to get a touchdown I tried to do it, and I couldn’t do it. But I love it.”

The 311-pound Mebane just laughed – and yes, it was a belly laugh. “I’ve got that stomach,” he said. “So you’ve got to do it.”

PLAYER WATCH

James Carpenter. His long road to getting back on the field for a game continued today when the team’s first-round draft choice from 2011 worked at left guard with the No. 1 line. Carpenter has not played since severely damaging a knee during practice last November, but coach Pete Carroll says the goal is to get Carpenter some work in Sunday’s game against the Rams in St. Louis.

“Carp is alive and in action this week,” Carroll said. “Carp is back to life. He’s done a great job in the process getting back here. We’re thrilled that he’s got a chance. … He’s really excited about it. It’s been a tremendous comeback and he’s way out ahead of schedule.

“We’ll see how he makes it (through the week) and we look forward to him playing.”

With Carpenter at left guard, Paul McQuistan replaced John Moffitt at right guard. Moffitt did not practice to rest his surgically repaired knee.

OPPONENT WATCH

Steven Jackson. The battering Ram of a back is no stranger to Mebane. The Seahawks’ nose tackle has faced Jackson twice a season since entering the NFL in 2007 and also played against him when Jackson was at Oregon State and Mebane was at Cal.

“One of the things he’s real great at is being patient,” Mebane said. “He can also hit the edges. He can run between the tackles. He can pretty much do everything you want in a back. He’s a real great player.”

POWER-FUL STUFF

The Seahawks have cracked the Top 10 in a couple of power rankings this week, which come with the obligatory comments about you-know-what.

ESPN.com: No. 10. “The Seahawks are usually the ones complaining about unfortunate officiating.”

NFL.com: No. 10. “OK, getting away from the play we’ve all seen 35,000 times by now, what a performance by the Seahawks’ front seven, which dominated in the first half with eight sacks. Some of those guys push off better than Golden Tate, and that’s really saying something. (Sorry, I can’t help myself.)”

They just missed the Top 10 at SI.com, where the Seahawks are ranked No. 11: “The call was blown and the Seahawks won a game they should have lost. It was in all the papers. But it would be wrong to classify Seattle’s victory as a fluke, given how well the punishing Seahawks defense bottled up Aaron Rodgers and Co. for most of the night. As I expected, Seattle took a page out of San Francisco’s defensive playbook and kept the Packers on their heels with a near-constant pass rush and a physical, jamming style of pass coverage against Green Bay receivers.”

INJURY REPORT

The official report, as issued by the team:

Did not practice

OT Breno Giacomini (pectoral)

OG John Moffitt (knee)

DT Greg Scruggs (wrist)

Full participation

WR Doug Baldwin (shoulder)

CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)

The good news was Baldwin’s return, after last year’s leading receiver missed Monday night’s game because of the shoulder he injured in practice last week. Carroll said Baldwin will play against the Rams. With Giacomini resting his chest injury, Frank Omiyale worked at right tackle with the No. 1 line.

For the Rams:

Did not practice

RB Steven Jackson (groin)

OT Rodger Saffold (knee)

DT Matt Conrath (knee)

S Matt McDaniels (hamstring)

DE Eugene Sims (illness)

Limited participation

DT Michael Brockers (ankle)

OT Wayne Hunter (knee)

Jackson sat out to rest the groin injury that prevented him from practicing last week. But he did play against the Bears on Sunday, gaining 29 yards on 11 carries. The Rams continue to have problems at left tackle. Saffold missed Sunday’s game and Hunter, who replaced him, was limited today because of a sore knee.

STAT DU JOUR

Three games into the season, there are only three unbeaten teams in the NFL – and a big part of the reason is that they rank 2-3-4 in points allowed. So who’s No. 1? The Seahawks.

Team                       Points allowed   Avg. allowed

Seahawks (2-1)             39                          13.0

Cardinals (3-0)              40                          13.3

Texans (3-0)                  42                          14.0

Falcons (3-0)                 48                          16.0

UP NEXT

The players will practice tomorrow on “Turnover Thursday.” There also will be a Friday midday practice and a walkthrough on Saturday morning before the team leaves for St. Louis.

YOU DON’T SAY

“My feelings have been hurt a little bit on Twitter. If I mentioned those words, it would be like, ‘Bleep. Bleep. Bleep.’ Some nasty stuff.” – Golden Tate on the continuing fallout surrounding his controversial TD catch on the final play of Monday night’s game


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