A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 7:
Getting healthier. The Seahawks’ defense got two XXXL pieces of good news today when end Red Bryant and strong safety Kam Chancellor returned to practice after sitting out on Thursday.
Bryant did not practice on Wednesday, either, to rest his sore right foot. He is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals at CenturyLink Field.
“It looks like he’s in good shape to go,” coach Pete Carroll said after the team practiced outside for second time this week.
Chancellor has a groin injury, but he’s also listed as probable.
“We gave him a day off yesterday,” Carroll said. “But he was out there in limited fashion, so he’s probable to play as well.”
WEATHERING THE ELEMENTS
It was cold, breezy and raining during practice, which made for the perfect warm-up for Sunday’s game – when the forecast is calling for temperatures in the 40s and a 50-percent chance of rain. It was even colder and windier, and rained more, during Wednesday’s practice.
“We don’t know what we’re going to get on game day and we had a good day of work yesterday inside, so we got a little bit of the elements out there,” Carroll said. “It was good. It worked out fine.”
Right guard. Rookie J.R. Sweezy and John Moffitt both worked at the spot with the No. 1 offensive line today and each is ready to play against the Cardinals.
“J.R. practiced with the (No. 1 line) quite a bit this week to make sure he’s prepared,” Carroll said. “He and John will play the spot. We’re in good shape there.”
The right guard spot is open because Paul McQuistan has moved back to the left side to replace James Carpenter, who was played on injured reserve this week because of soreness in his surgically repaired right knee.
The Cardinals’ defense. Asked after practice what concerned him more – a few players or the scheme – Carroll opted for both.
“Darnell Dockett is really, really a big-time football player,” he said. “Patrick Peterson is as exceptional an athlete as you can get. Adrian Wilson. Those guys are great football players that make things happen and they make game-changing plays.”
And what defensive coordinator Ray Horton is doing with the Pro Bowl end (Dockett), cornerback (Peterson) and Pro Bowl safety (Wilson) allows them to be even more effective. The Cardinals are plus-7 in turnover differential because they have 27 takeaways, including 18 interceptions. They lead the NFC and are third in the league in red-zone defense. They rank No. 7 in total defense.
“The scheme that they have lets those guys get active and get involved,” Carroll said. “The linebacking crew is really fast and aggressive and you’ll see them blitz all day long. It’s a very tough scheme. Their numbers show it.”
The official end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:
CB Marcus Trufant (hamstring)
LB Leroy Hill (ankle)
DE Red Bryant (foot)
SS Kam Chancellor (groin)
RB Marshawn Lynch (back)
WR Sidney Rice (head)
C Max Unger (hip)
Trufant was ruled out today because of the pulled hamstring that also forced him to sit out last week’s game against the Bears in Chicago. Walter Thurmond replaced Trufant as the nickel back against the Bears, but he will move to right cornerback this week to replace Brandon Browner, who was suspended four games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league policy on performance enhancing substances. Rookie Jeremy Lane will be the nickel back against the Cardinals.
Hill practiced on a limited basis, and Carroll said his status will be a game-day decision. He did not play against the Bears and was replaced by Malcolm Smith.
For the Cardinals:
DE Ronald Talley (ankle)
DE Calais Campbell (calf)
QB Kevin Kolb (ribs)
WR Andre Roberts (knee)
RB Chris Wells (knee)
CB Justin Bethel (shoulder)
WR Early Doucet (ribs)
LS Mike Leach (back)
LB Paris Lenon (shoulder)
S Kerry Rhodes (quadriceps)
CB Greg Toler (knee)
LB Reggie Walker (knee)
Talley did not practice today, while Campbell, Kolb, Roberts and Wells were limited.
STAT DU JOUR, PLAYER EDITION
Against the Bears, rookie QB Russell Wilson ran for 71 yards, the most by a quarterback in franchise history. The effort also left him 45 yards behind Rick Mirer for the most rushing yards in a season by a QB. Here’s a look at where Wilson ranks in both categories:
Player (year) Att. Yards Avg.
Russell Wilson (2012) 9 71 7.9
Jim Zorn (1978) 6 63 10.5
Matt Hasselbeck (2002) 6 62 10.3
Player (year) Att. Yards Avg. TD
Rick Mirer (1993) 68 343 5.0 3
Russell Wilson (2012) 66 298 4.5 0
Jim Zorn (1978) 59 290 4.9 6
STAT DU JOUR, TEAM EDITION
The Seahawks have traveled an erratic path to reach their 7-5 record. The seven teams that have beaten have a combined record of 45-39. The five teams they have lost to are a combined 26-32-2. Here’s a look at the records of those teams:
The players will have a walkthrough on Saturday morning, their final on-field session before Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.
The Seahawks are holding their annual Toys for Tots drive at Sunday’s game and asking fans to donate new, unwrapped toys that will be distributed to children for Christmas as part of the nationwide event sponsored by the Marine Corps.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We take them as very, very dangerous. Think about how hungry that football team is to get a win. They’ll do whatever it takes and they have a lot of big-time players that can change games for them. So we respect the heck out of this team.” – Carroll on the Cardinals, who have lost their past eight games