Monday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Russell Okung. The team’s top draft choice is back to being questionable after the rookie left tackle got a high sprain of his left ankle in Sunday’s big win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Coach Pete Carroll reiterated today during his weekly day-after Q&A session what he had said Sunday: The injury is to the other ankle, not the right one that forced him to miss 5½ weeks and three starts; and it is not as severe as the previous sprain.

But it’s a concern nonetheless as the Seahawks set their sights on this week’s game in Oakland against a Raiders team that posted a franchise-record point total in blowing out the Broncos 59-14 in Denver on Sunday.

“It’s not nearly like the other one, but we don’t know what that means yet,” said Carroll, who talked with Okung as well as the team doctors this morning. “He’s being treated and medicated right now to see how it responds in the next couple days.

“We’ll just have to wait and see. I think it will be a challenge for him to get back, but we’re just going to wait.”

If Okung can’t play, Tyler Polumbus will step in at left tackle – just as did Sunday and in the first three games. As far as a backup for Polumbus and right tackle Sean Locklear, guard Mike Gibson has gotten some work at tackle in recent weeks and guard Chester Pitts also can play left tackle – when he is ready to play after an arduous return from having microfracture surgery on his right knee last season.

“We have some flexibility, but when you lose another guy depth is definitely a challenge and we’re cognizant of that,” Carroll said.

INJURY UPDATE

Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (calf) and cornerback Kelly Jennings (hamstring) could return to practice by Thursday, Carroll said. Mebane has missed the past two games, while Jennings sat out against the Cardinals.

“It will be a quick recovery if they can make it back,” Carroll said. “But both those guys are thinking they have a chance.”

Fullback Michael Robinson left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. Asked about his status for the Raiders, Carroll said, “We’ll see how it goes.”

Slot receiver Brandon Stokley strained an oblique against the Cardinals and Carroll stopped short of saying he will be able to play this week.

HENRY RELEASED

Running back Chris Henry was released today, after being signed off the practice squad on Saturday to help on special teams against the Cardinals. Henry was originally signed to the practice squad on Sept. 6, released on Sept. 30 and then re-signed on Oct. Oct. 11.

UP NEXT

The players had a “Victory Monday” today and they’re also off Tuesday, when the coaches will be putting together the game plan for the Raiders.

Linebacker David Hawthorne will sign autograph at the Qwest Stadium Pro Shop from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday.

STAT DU JOUR

The Seahawks continue to rank No. 2 in the league in rushing defense, despite yielding a season-high 113 rushing yards to the Cardinals on Sunday. The Cardinals were the first team to rush for more than 88 yards against the Seahawks this season. The Seahawks are allowing averages of 77.5 rushing yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry – which also ranks second in the league behind the Steelers (2.8).

YOU DON’T SAY

“This game, after looking at the film, there’s a lot of stuff, a lot of situations in this game, a lot of things that happened that show us there’s so much to learn and so much to get better at. I’m happy to get the win, and play a good, solid football game in a lot of ways. … But we learn a lot. Take a lot out of it. And we’ve got to go to work and get some stuff ironed out and fixed to help us continue to keep growing.” – Carroll


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Monday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Explosive plays. That’s what coach Pete Carroll wants to see – needs to see – in the Seahawks’ post-bye game against the Bears in Chicago this week. That’s one of the aspects of the team’s overall game that he was stressing during today’s extra practice because of the bye.

It’s a needed element that was missing in the pre-bye loss to the Rams in St. Louis.

The Seahawks forced one turnover – an end-zone interception by rookie free safety Earl Thomas. The longest play by the offense was Matt Hasselbeck’s 36-yard pass to just-signed wide receiver Brandon Stokley. The biggest play from the special teams was Leon Washington’s 30-yard kickoff return.

In their two victories, the Seahawks forced seven turnovers – returning one interception for a touchdown; the offense generated three pass plays of at least 35 yards and runs of 28 and 32 yards; and Washington returned two kickoffs for 101- and 99-yard touchdowns.

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Wednesday in Hawkville

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A recap of the day’s activities:

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Brandon Stokley. How does a player join a new team three weeks into the regular season, practice for three days and then go out and catch four passes for 62 yards to provide a bright spot in a gloomy loss?

That’s exactly what Stokley did in the Seahawks’ 20-3 loss to the Rams in St. Louis last Sunday.

“He did a great job – he really did a great job,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said after today’s bye-week practice. “But it’s still hard. It’s not ideal.”

The bye week practices should help Stokley become more comfortable in the passing game. Not that he looked like the new guy in the offense against the Rams.

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Friday in Hawkville

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Craig Terrill. The Seahawks kicked off October by re-signing the sack-producing/kick-blocking/guitar-playing defensive tackle.

Terrill was released Sept. 7, when versatile defensive back Jordan Babineaux was re-signed. To clear a roster spot for Terrill’s return, linebacker Leroy Hill was placed on injured reserve because he will need surgery to repair the Achilles/calf injury he got in the Week 2 game against the Broncos in Denver.

“It’s awesome,” said Terrill, who got a phone call from the club this morning and was signed in time to participate in the final full practice before Sunday’s game in St. Louis against the Rams.

“I’m obviously familiar with that they’re doing, and love playing ball here.”

Terrill was a fifth-round draft choice in 2004 and played in 76 games the past six seasons. He has blocked five field goals in his career, which ranks second in club history behind Joe Nash’s eight; and had a three-sack game against the Oakland Raiders in 2006. He also has released a CD, CT, and sang the national anthem before the 2007 playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qwest Field.

During his down time, Terrill was helping his wife, Rachel, raise their 2-year-old daughter, Journey.

“I got to be a husband and a father again” he said. “I’d wake up with my daughter so my wife could sleep in. I had a great time with my family and I’m ready to play some football now.”

That didn’t take long, as Terrill worked on the scout team defensive line against the Seahawks offense in practice and also got a few snaps with the No. 1 D-line.

“It’s great to get Craig back out,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s a guy that knows our system, knows our ways, can contribute on special teams right immediately for us and he’s a great guy in this locker room – everybody loves him. I’m glad he’s back with us.”

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Wednesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Brandon Stokley. The Seahawks were just waiting for the time when the veteran wide receiver was healthy enough to sign. Turns out, that was Tuesday, when Stokley was offered a contract after being given a tryout.

Today, he was on the practice field getting a refresher course in an offense that is familiar – because he played in Denver (2007-08) when Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates was an assistant coach with the Broncos.

“I remember a lot of it,” Stokley said. “It’s been a year and a half since I’ve been in the system, so I have some homework to do. But I can catch on to it a lot quicker than if it was a new system.”

That catching up continued after practice, when Stokley stayed on the field to get some extra work with receivers coach Kippy Brown and rookie wide-out Golden Tate – as coach Pete watched his every move.

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Tuesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Comings and goings. Coach Pete Carroll does not have nickname for Tuesdays. How about “Try-out Tuesday”?

The Seahawks made six more roster moves today, running the total to 201 since Carroll and general manager John Schneider were hired in January.

The biggest addition today was wide receiver Brandon Stokley, who has caught 307 passes for 4,319 yards and 34 touchdowns in his 11-season NFL career.

Also added were a couple of offensive linemen – tackle Breno Giacomini (6-7, 318), who was signed off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad; and tackle/guard Allen Barbre (6-4, 300), who played the past three seasons for the Packers.

To clear roster spots for this trio, offensive linemen Mike Gibson and Mansfield Wrotto and running back Quinton Ganther were released.

Stokley, 34, was a fourth-round draft choice by the Baltimore Ravens in 1999. He caught 60 passes for 913 yards and seven TDs in four seasons with the Ravens, and then joined the Indianapolis Colts. He caught 139 passes for 1,916 yards and 15 TDs in four seasons with the Colts – including career bests of 68 catches for 1,077 yards and 10 TDs in 2004.

He played the past three seasons with the Denver Broncos, and work with Jeremy Bates when the Seahawks’ first-year offensive coordinator was an assistant with the Broncos in 2007-08. Stokley caught 108 passes for 1,490 yards and 12 TDs with the Broncos. He was released with an injury settlement after missing three of the Broncos’ four preseason games with a groin injury.

Barbre was selected in the fourth round of the 2007 draft by the Packers. He played in 25 games in three seasons, with seven starts last season, but was released on this year’s roster cut to 53 players. Giacomini was on the Packers’ roster in 2008 and 2009, appearing in one game. He was released at the end of training camp this summer and signed to the practice squad.

Schneider knows each of these linemen because he came to the Seahawks after working the past eight years with the Packers.

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