A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 8:
Walter Thurmond. The third-year cornerback practiced as a member of the 53-man roster today for the first time since breaking his left fibula last October.
Was it a big deal, or just the next step in the progression to getting back on the field in a game?
“Both,” Thurmond said with a laugh. “I’ve been patient with it. Now I’m just ready when they call my number, so that’s all I can do right now.”
Which is considerable, when you consider that he began the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list, didn’t return to practice until two weeks ago and was activated after practice Wednesday.
“It feels good,” he said. “I’ve been out of the game for a little over a year now. So I’m just trying to get back out and make some plays, and continue where I left off last year.”
Now that he’s back, where does Thurmond fit? He was playing left cornerback with the No. 1 defense today, because Richard Sherman was ill. Thurmond also has been getting snaps as the nickel back. Whether Thurmond will be active for Sunday’s game against the Jets at CenturyLink Field, and in what role, remains to be seen.
“Walter Thurmond brings a lot of juice to our practice and to the game,” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “He’s very competitive, extremely competitive. When he first came back, it was just getting his wind back and getting back in phase with everybody else.
“But he’s a guy that can make some plays. We just need him to be on the field consistently. And these practices have been good for him.”
YOURS TRULY, THE QUARTERBACK
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has made a habit of leaving notes in the lockers of his wide receivers on Monday morning. Included in the notes are notes on that week’s opponent.
“I was a little surprised at first, but he always does it now,” veteran receiver Sidney Rice said. “That means he’s already studied the film. It’s a big help to all the receivers. You know what you’re going up against. He’s got the details on all the corners – who he thinks can be beat, what plays might work against which players. So it’s really good.”
It’s all part of Wilson’s preference for looking ahead, rather than back, as quickly as possible.
“My goal is to move on from the week before – whether it was great, whether there were some things we could have done better – and just focus on the next team,” Wilson said. “So I thought that was the best idea.
“I kind of just decided to do that, in terms putting things in the guys’ lockers and letting them know, ‘OK, this is what we need to do. This is what they do well. This is the coverages that they run in most situations.’ So that was an idea of mine, just to let the guys know kind of where I was at and what I was thinking about the week.”
Tim Tebow. The defense is preparing to face the Jets’ backup QB, in whatever incarnation he might be used on Sunday.
“They do a really good job,” Bradley said. “Because he’ll come in and play fullback, he’ll play another tight end, he’ll play a wide-out. He’ll be in the game and run the wildcat series. So you’ve just got to be prepared for all the different calls for him and different situations.”
Even though you might not see all of them in the game. Bradley has seen Tebow in for 55 plays in the Jets’ first eight games.
“And sometimes it’s on critical downs,” Bradley said. “He’s in there on third-and-6. And you’re going, ‘Is he in there to play quarterback? Are they going to run? Or is he in there to be a decoy and be a wide receiver?’ ”
Tebow has run the ball 23 times for 78 yards, with a long gain of 22. He also has thrown three passes, with two completions for 32 yards.
The official report, as issued by the team:
Did not practice
DE Red Bryant (foot)
OG James Carpenter (concussion)
SS Kam Chancellor (quadriceps)
RB Marshawn Lynch (back/wrist)
DT Clinton McDonald (groin)
DL Greg Scruggs (oblique)
CB Richard Sherman (illness)
LB K.J. Wright (concussion)
Limited in practice
WR Braylon Edwards (knee)
DT Jason Jones (ankle)
WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)
OG John Moffitt (knee)
C Max Unger (finger)
Edwards practiced for the first time since having fluid drained from his knee the morning of the Week 8 game against the Lions. But Sherman and Scruggs were added to the list of those sitting out. With Scruggs and Bryant out, tackle Alan Branch moved to Bryant’s end spot and was replaced at tackle by Jaye Howard. Also filling in, as they did during Wednesday’s practice, were John Moffitt (for Carpenter at left guard), Mike Morgan (for Wright at linebacker), Robert Turbin (for Lynch) and Jeron Johnson (for Chancellor).
For the Jets:
Did not practice
RB Joe McKnight (ankle)
Limited in practice
DL Kendrick Ellis (knee)
DB LaRon Landry (knee)
C Nick Mangold (ankle)
OG Brandon Moore (hip)
DT Sione Pouha (back)
RB Bilal Powell (shoulder)
LB Bart Scott (toe)
S Eric Smith (knee)
TE Jeff Cumberland (wrist)
DT Mike DeVito (finger)
WR Clyde Gates (shoulder)
S LaRon Landry (heel)
LB Calvin Pace (shin)
QB Mark Sanchez (back)
OG Matt Slauson (knee)
STAT DU JOUR
Tony Gonzalez of the Falcons needs one more touchdown catch to join an elite group: Receivers with at least 100 TD receptions in NFL history. He’ll also be the first tight end to do it. Seahawks Hall of Famer Steve Largent is not only included in the seven players who already have reached the milestone, he held the career record with 100 when he retired after the 1989 season. Here’s a look at the others who have tied and exceeded the record Largent once held:
Player, teams TD catches
Jerry Rice, 49ers, Raiders, Seahawks 197
Randy Moss, Vikings, Raiders, Patriots, 49ers 155
Terrell Owens, 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, Bengals 153
Cris Carter, Eagles, Vikings, Dolphins 130
Marvin Harrison, Colts 128
Tim Brown, Raiders, Buccaneers 100
Steve Largent, Seahawks 100
“Turnover Thursday” gives way to “No Repeat Friday” as the players will hold their final full practice before Sunday’s game. They’ll also have a walkthrough on Saturday morning.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I definitely think I’ve improved a lot. I have to be honest with you; I like pressure just because there’s more green grass behind it. And if you make the play, there’s a lot of great things that can happen.” – Wilson on facing the blitz