Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, December 13.
Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times notes wide receiver Sidney Rice is dealing with a bruised foot, “Receiver Sidney Rice was in a walking boot Wednesday dealing with a bruised foot, apparently suffered in Sunday’s home win against Arizona, and cornerback Walter Thurmond wasn’t able to complete a full practice due to an unspecified hamstring injury. Coach Pete Carroll said the team didn’t know about Rice’s injury until after the weekend and that the receiver’s status is in doubt for Sunday. ‘He’s improved quite a bit since game day, in the last couple days, but he’s got a pretty sore foot, so we don’t know,” Carroll said. “He’s got the X-rays and MRIs and all of that, and the findings are nothing that would keep him from playing. He just has to get back; he feels very sore right now.’ “
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune highlights running back Marshawn Lynch, as he prepares to face his former team – the Buffalo Bills – this weekend, “Fullback Michael Robinson pointed to Lynch’s bow-legged gait as the reason for his running prowess. ‘He’s not pigeon-toed, but he’s bow-legged a little bit,’ Robinson said. ‘And guys that are bow-legged seem to have better balance as they’re cutting – their cuts are a lot sharper. He looks like a little pit bull out there running,’ Robinson said. ‘He’s always balanced. He runs bigger than he looks. And he runs faster than he looks, too.’ But it’s Lynch’s relentless effort that’s infectious for the rest of the team. ‘It makes us play harder, knowing he’s going to break a couple tackles on a run,’ Seattle center Max Unger said. ‘If we can get up there and get some people off of him, he’s going to go for extra yards.’ Whether Lynch will have extra motivation facing his old team is unknown, but Robinson is expecting the same, all-out effort from his backfield mate. ‘That’s just the type of guy he is,’ Robinson said. ‘And you need guys like that on your team. You don’t want guys thinking too much. Who’s next, let’s go play and move on.’ “
Williams also shares the Seahawks and Bills injury reports from Wednesday here.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune details the contributions of tight end Zach Miller, “Miller came out of Arizona State as a first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference player and first-team All-Academic player – after having been a 4.0 student in high school in Phoenix. Coach Pete Carroll cited Miller as “savvy,” which is probably a better description of intelligence as it’s applied to on-the-hoof football IQ. ‘He allows us to do so many little intricate things,’ Carroll said. ‘Reading things at the line of scrimmage, adjusting the motions and stuff; that gives us a nice multiplicity. And he’s really, really tough at the point of attack. He’s also catching the ball terrifically and running his routes down the field. He’s just the complete football player.’ “
John Boyle of the Everett Herald also highlights Lynch’s impact heading into the club’s matchup with his former team, “Dating back to Week 9 of last season, no running back in the NFL has more rushing yards than Lynch’s 2,207, and this year his 1,266 yards ranks second in the league to Adrian Peterson. Lynch has been so consistent, so dependable, that it’s almost easy to take for granted what he has done this season despite the fact that he is averaging a career-high 4.9 yards per carry. Lynch’s impact is hard to overstate, especially as the Seahawks head to Toronto needing a win over Lynch’s former team to keep their playoff push going. ‘It just jumps off the tape,’ fullback Michael Robinson said. ‘Teams know when they play against us, they have to deal with ’24.’ That’s just the way it’s set up. Watching him run, he makes you want to strain, he makes you want to go harder. He’s just a great symbol for what this team is trying to stand for.’ “
With the news of Rice’s bruised foot, Dave Grosby and Bob Stelton of 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” discuss the Seahawks situation at wide receiver in this short video.
Mike Salk of 710Sports.com shares his thoughts on the Seahawks beginning to earn some national respect in this short video.
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his report from Wednesday’s practice, “Carroll said that WR Charly Martin will jump into Rice’s role and they will rotate their other receivers through as well if he is not able to play against the Bills. LB Leroy Hill returned to full participation in practice Wednesday after not playing the last two weeks with an ankle injury. However, he was splitting reps with LB Malcolm Smith, who started in Hill’s place the last two weeks. Carroll called it a “competitive situation” for who would start this week against Buffalo.”
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com has a look at the youth of the Seahawks roster, “Reliance on youth is also helpful with payroll, allowing the Seahawks more room under the cap to sign WR Sidney Rice, TE Zach Miller, QB Matt Flynn and DLs Alan Branch and Jason Jones, the only unrestricted veteran free agents on the roster. ‘We’re a really young team like we had in college days,’ Carroll said. ‘I think what sets us apart right now is that we’re a very athletic team that also has a really good feeling about each other. They’re tight and close. We have a very cohesive group. That’s been very consistent. It’s an exciting group that we’re bringing up.’ “
Mike Sando of ESPN.com recaps injury situations around the NFC West, and offers up a few notes on the Seahawks, “Seattle held out receiver Sidney Rice (foot), cornerback Marcus Trufant (hamstring), safety Kam Chancellor (groin) and defensive end Red Bryant (foot) missed practice Wednesday. The team continues to list running back Marshawn Lynch (back) as limited despite every expectation he’ll be able to play. Cornerback Walter Thurmond (hamstring) was a surprise addition to the injured list Wednesday. He’s had injury problems in the past. Durability is a concern. Depth at corner isn’t as strong with Brandon Browner serving a suspension and Trufant sidelined recently. Seattle is no longer listing linebacker Leroy Hill (ankle). Malcolm Smith could wind up keeping the job.”
Tony Ventrella has his “Seahawks Daily” as the players get back to work after receiving Monday and Tuesday off.
Lastly, our team photographer Rod Mar captured 18 frames from the club’s “Competition Wednesday” practice, which you can view here.