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Friday in Hawkville: Mebane returns; Trufant’s status game-day decision

A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 5:

FOCUS ON

Brandon Mebane and Marcus Trufant. The Seahawks’ No. 2-ranked defense got healthier today as Mebane and Trufant returned to practice.

Mebane, who’s having a Pro Bowl-caliber start to the season at nose tackle, is ready to play in Sunday’s game against the Panthers in Carolina, coach Pete Carroll said, after sitting out on Thursday to rest a sore calf.

“Mebane made it back and he’s in good shape,” Carroll said.

Trufant, the nickel back, practiced for the first time this week after experiencing back problems following last week’s loss to the Rams in St. Louis. But Carroll wasn’t as definitive about Trufant’s status against the Panthers.

“Tru made it through practice, but we still have to wait on him,” Carroll said. “He was a little bit limited today. We’ll see if Tru can go on game day.”

Trufant is listed as questionable, a designation that means he has a 50-50 chance to play.

If Trufant can’t go against the Panthers, recently signed Danny Gorrer and Byron MAxwell would fill in.

OPPONENT WATCH

Josh Norman. After Captain Munnerlyn allowed more completions than any cornerback in the NFL last season, the Panthers went shopping for an upgrade and selected Norman in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. Norman played at Coastal Carolina and is no stranger to Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, also a rookie who played his first three seasons of college ball at North Carolina State and worked out with Norman at IMG prior the Scouting Combine.

“He’s physical. He makes a lot of plays,” Wilson said. “He’s done a great job. He’s very intelligent, as you can see on film. I’m looking forward to it.”

Norman is third on the team in tackles (33) and shares the lead with three passes defensed.

INJURY REPORT

The official end-of-the-week status report, as released by the team:

Out

OG John Moffitt (knee)

DE Jaye Howard (foot)

Questionable

CB Marcus Trufant (back)

Probable

DT Brandon Mebane (calf)

RB Marshawn Lynch (rest)

For the Panthers:

Out

OG/C Mike Pollak (shoulder)

Doubtful

LB Jon Beason (knee)

CB Chris Gamble (shoulder)

Questionable

OG/C Geoff Hangartner (knee)

Probable

S Colin Jones (shoulder)

DE Antwan Applewhite (knee)

DE Frank Alexander (back)

Beason and Gamble have not practiced all week, so it remains to be seen whether the Panthers will be without their leading tackler and best cover corner.

STAT DU JOUR

Have we already written enough about Lynch this week? Impossible. He leads the league in rushing, after all. And he has been the league’s leading rusher since Week 9 of last season. Here’s a look at who’s been chasing Lynch during that 13-game span:

Player, team                                      Att.    Yards   Avg.   TD

Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks          303    1,364    4.5     11

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars        249    1,218    4.9       6

Ray Rice, Ravens                              240     1,192   5.0     10

Reggie Bush, Dolphins                     208    1,120    5.4      8

UP NEXT

The team left for Charlotte after a midday practice and will hold its Saturday walkthrough there.

YOU DON’T SAY

“Me and Warren’s relationship is unbelievable. I feel as if he’s a father figure, a big brother, somebody that I can call with any type of situation when it comes to this game – on the field and off the field.” – Panthers QB Cam Newton on Warren Moon, the Hall of Fame QB who is the analyst for road broadcasts of Seahawks games and also was a confidant for Newton in the process leading up to the draft last year


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