Patriots at Seahawks featured as 12th-best game of 2012

It’s quite fitting that the 12th-best game on NFL.com’s list of the Top 20 games of 2012 goes to the home of the 12th Man.

The Seahawks’ 24-23 victory over the New England Patriots in Week 6 of last season at CenturyLink Field was unveiled today at No. 12 on their list. In that game, the Seahawks battled back from a 23-10 deficit midway through the fourth quarter, as quarterback Russell Wilson threw scoring passes to wide receiver Braylon Edwards and again to wide receiver Sidney Rice with less than 90 seconds to play. The Seahawks defense then closed the door on Tom Brady and the Pats by forcing a turnover on downs on New England’s ensuing possession to secure the 24-23 win.

The game was somewhat of a coming out party for Wilson, who completed 16 of 27 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns, good for a 133.7 quarterback rating. Until that point, Wilson’s arm had been kept under wraps by head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who asked Wilson to avoid risks and play it safe with the football.

Wilson’s counterpart that day, Brady, threw 31 more times than the Seahawks rookie, completing 36 of 58 for two touchdowns and two interceptions – one by cornerback Richard Sherman and another by free safety Earl Thomas.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com has his full recap of the game here, and below he explains why this game was ranked where it was:

Patriots-Seahawks featured two of the better clubs from last season, with the bonus being that we rarely see this interconference matchup.

Going a step further, you couldn’t find two more contrasting styles if you tried. Seattle pounds the ball, tries to completely shut down your offense and asks its quarterback to make plays in spots. Meanwhile, New England often places the whole game on its quarterback’s shoulders, while living off takeaways on defense. Consider: Brady attempted 31 more passes than Wilson in this game, despite the fact New England had a two-score lead in the fourth.

All that made for an intriguing matchup decided by one point. Not bad.”


Wednesday cyber surfing: Russell Wilson is NFC Offensive Player of Week 13

Russell Wilson

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, December 5.

Early this morning, Randall Liu, the NFL’s Director of NFC Football Communications, announced on Twitter that Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has been named the NFC Offensive Player of Week 13 for his performance against the Chicago Bears. According to Liu, Wilson becomes the first Seahawk to win Offensive Player of the Week since running back Shaun Alexander in 2005, the year the Seahawks went on to Super Bowl XL.

The club announced a trio of roster moves yesterday, placing offensive guard James Carpenter on the reserve/non-football illness list for the remainder of the season, waiving wide receiver Braylon Edwards with the designation of injured, and promoting offensive guard Rishaw Johnson from the practice squad to the active roster.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has his story on the team’s roster moves, “Letting Edwards go also speaks to the effectiveness of starters Golden Tate and Sidney Rice, who have each caught seven touchdown passes this season. Seattle also has Doug Baldwin, Charly Martin and Jermaine Kearse on the 53-man roster.”

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune writes that the Seahawks believe a NFC West division title is still within reach, “Seattle plays three of its last four games – NFC West division foes Arizona, San Francisco and St. Louis – in the noisy comfort of CenturyLink Field, where the team is 5-0 this season. And Seattle’s only road game is against 5-7 Buffalo, in what will almost be a neutral site in Toronto. One final bonus: So far the 49ers are the only team left on the schedule with a winning record. San Francisco hosts Miami on Sunday, followed by a trip to New England to face the Patriots, a road game against Seattle and a season finale at home against Arizona. San Francisco’s contest against the Patriots is the most likely game where the 49ers could stub their toe — since 2001 the Patriots have a league-best 23-1 home record in December. ‘It’s still out there,’ Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said about winning a division title. ‘We’ve got a lot of games left in the division. San Francisco has a great thing going there. And if they can take care of their business, then they’ll leave everybody else behind. But they’ve still got to win the games, and we do too.’ “

Looking ahead to Sunday’s matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, Williams also has a transcript of a Q&A session with AZCardinals.com beat reporter Darren Urban, who looks at the reasoning behind the Cards’ decision to start rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley, “The argument for starting Lindley is that you want to keep seeing, with experience, if he can improve and be a future factor on this roster and that you have a pretty good idea of what Skelton brings to the table after what you have seen from him over the past three seasons. The argument for Skelton would be more experience, the knowledge he has beaten the Seahawks in the past and the fact Lindley has played very poorly the past six quarters.”

John Boyle of the Everett Herald puts Wilson in the conversation for Rookie of the Year, “Now, three quarters of the way through the season, it’s hard to look at the numbers — and at what the Seahawks have accomplished as a team — and not put Wilson in the same class as [Robert] Griffin [III] and [Andrew] Luck. That’s not to say that Wilson will have as good a career as those two. Maybe he will, maybe he won’t, but trying to project the career arc of any NFL player, let alone a quarterback, after 12 games is a fool’s errand if ever there was one. But Wilson’s 19 touchdown passes compared to eight interceptions, his 95.2 passer rating, his continually improving play and also the Seahawks’ 7-5 record mean that Wilson, and not just Luck and Griffin, is firmly a part of what used to be a two-man battle for offensive rookie of the year honors.”

Sticking to that Rookie of the Year conversation, Mike Sando of ESPN.com breaks down the play of Wilson and Luck versus the same seven opponents, as the Seahawks and Colts have shared seven common foes thus far in 2012, and will make it eight when the Seahawks face the Bills in Week 15, “Wilson has 16 touchdown passes with only one pick against these teams. He has a 115.6 NFL passer rating and 81.6 Total QBR score against them. Luck has 13 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 74.9 passer rating against them. His QBR score (68.2) is stronger than his traditional stats might indicate, a theme for Luck all season, not just in these games. Wilson has a 5-2 starting record against the seven common opponents. Luck’s record is 4-3 against those teams.”

Sando also has a chart showing the 2012 stats for all quarterbacks drafted since 2010.

ESPN.com has their updated NFL Power Rankings for Week 14, which you can view here. The Seahawks move up one spot from a week ago to No. 12 on their list.

CBSSports.com has their Power Rankings, and the Seahawks come in at No. 12 on their list as well.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth leads with his 12-game honor roll, handing out awards for club MVP, best offensive, defensive, and special teams player, and best rookie.

Farnsworth also has his first look at the Seahawks’ Week 14 opponent – the Arizona Cardinals, “Burning question: What happened to this team? After starting 4-0, the Cardinals have lost their last eight games … The last time the Cardinals scored more than 20 points in a game was in Week 4 against the Dolphins, which also was the last time they won – and that game went into overtime. The defense has held six opponents to fewer than 20 points, and the Cardinals are 3-3 in those games. The Cardinals have allowed 48 sacks, nine more than the next-highest team (the Packers). They are averaging 3.6 yards running the ball. Their three QBs have combined to throw 10 TD passes and 13 interceptions.”


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Carpenter’s season over, Edwards waived/injured

James Carpenter

James Carpenter

James Carpenter, last year’s first-round draft choice, was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list today, prematurely ending his season for the second year.

Also, wide receiver Braylon Edwards was waived/injured and rookie guard Rishaw Johnson was signed to the 53-man roster from the team’s practice squad.

Carpenter missed the final seven games last season after damaging his left knee during practice.

After playing right tackle last season, Carpenter moved to left guard this year and started seven games. With Carpenter out, John Moffitt will step in at left guard – as he did against the Bears, when Carpenter left early.

Edwards was signed a free agent in late July and caught eight passes for 74 yards and one touchdown in limited action in the Seahawks’ first 12 games. Five of his receptions came in the season opener against the Cardinals.

Johnson has been a member of the practice squad since the day after he was released on the final roster cut in September. He was signed as a free agent following the NFL Draft in April.


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Friday in Hawkville: Wright, Carpenter out for Sunday; but five others return to practice

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 9:

FOCUS ON

Marshawn Lynch

Injuries. The good, as running back Marshawn Lynch, defensive linemen Red Bryant and Clinton McDonald, cornerback Richard Sherman and strong Kam Chancellor returned to practice today. But also the not so good, as linebacker K.J. Wright and left guard James Carpenter were ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Jets at CenturyLink Field.

Wright and Carpenter will miss the game because of concussions they got last week. But the others are expected to play after missing time this week with an assortment of injuries and ailments.

“This is the biggest challenge we’ve had,” coach Pete Carroll said after practice. “We’ve had some guys in and out, not sure whether they could go. Missing a front-line player like K.J., that’s a big deal to us.

“But it’s not about who’s stepping down, it’s who’s stepping up.”

That would be second-year linebacker Mike Morgan for Wright, as he did after the Seahawks’ leading tackler was injured on the first play of last week’s game against the Vikings; and John Moffitt for Carpenter, as he did last week as well because Carpenter also was ruled out last Friday because of a concussion he got earlier in the week.

“We’ll focus on expecting all the good stuff to happen and keep our level of play up,” Carroll said. “But this is a natural challenge for a football season. These things happen.”

BOWLING AND BILLIARDS

Cornerback Marcus Trufant is holding his annual Bowling and Billiards Classic at ACME Bowl and Events in Tukwila on Monday from 5:30-10 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Trufant Family Foundation, raises money for youth programs in the area.

But why bowling and billiards? “It was actually put on before I got here, Shawn Springs used to do it,” Trufant said of the former Seahawks cornerback. “I kind of just took it over.”

This will be the ninth event sponsored by Trufant, and he likes the format because it allows his teammates and fans to participate for the good cause.

“It’s a good deal,” he said. “The fans get to come out and see the guys in a different element.”

The bowling spots are all but filled, but fans still can register to be spectators at www.trufantfamilyfoundation.com.

INJURY REPORT

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

Out

OG James Carpenter (concussion)

LB K.J. Wright (concussion)

Doubtful

DE Greg Scruggs (oblique)

Questionable

DT Clinton McDonald (groin)

Probable

WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)

DE Red Bryant (foot)

SS Kam Chancellor (quadriceps)

WR Braylon Edwards (knee)

DE Jason Jones (ankle)

RB Marshawn Lynch (back/wrist)

OG John Moffitt (knee)

CB Richard Sherman (illness)

C Max Unger (finger)

For the Jets:

Out

DT Kendrick Ellis (knee)

RB Joe McKnight (ankle)

Questionable

C Nick Mangold (ankle)

OG Brandon Moore (hip)

DT Sione Pouha (back)

RB Bilal Powell (shoulder)

LB Bart Scott (toe)

S Eric Smith (knee)

Probable

TE Jeff Cumberland (wrist)

DT Mike DeVito (finger)

WR Clyde Gates (shoulder)

DT Damon Harrison (thumb)

WR Jeremy Kerley (heel)

S LaRon Landry (heel)

LB Calvin Pace (shin)

QB Mark Sanchez (back)

OG Matt Slauson (knee)

STAT DU JOUR

A month ago, the Seahawks were among the least productive teams in the league when it came to red-zone possessions – especially scoring touchdowns inside the 20-yard line. But in their past four games, they have scored on 12 of 13 red-zone possessions, including eight touchdowns. Here’s how they’ve done it:

New England: 3 of 3

Steven Hauschka 34-yard field goal

Russell Wilson 24-yard TD pass to Doug Baldwin

Russell Wilson 10-yard TD pass to Braylon Edwards

San Francisco: 1 of 1

Steven Hauschka 35-yard field goal

Detroit: 3 of 3

Steven Hauschka 23-yard field goal

Russell Wilson 9-yard TD pass to Sidney Rice

Russell Wilson 16-yard TD pass to Zach Miller

Minnesota: 5 of 6

Russell Wilson 6-yard TD pass to Golden Tate

Russell Wilson 11-yard TD pass to Sidney Rice

Russell Wilson 11-yard TD pass to Golden Tate

Marshawn Lynch 3-yard TD run

Steve Hauschka 40-yard field goal

End of game

UP NEXT

The players will hold a walkthrough on Saturday morning, their final on-field session before Sunday’s game.

The Seahawks will recognize Veterans Day and honor the military on Sunday with a “Salute to Service.” Joe Moser, a World War II fighter pilot and native of Ferndale, will raise the 12th Man Flag above the south end zone prior to kickoff.

“We’ve always tried to do everything we can to recognize the service men and women,” Carroll said. “It’s really cool when we can do that. We think the world of the work and the time that they put in and the freedom they give us. Hopefully it will be a big day for everybody.”

YOU DON’T SAY

“We knew about him and liked him. He’s proving he’s a complete quarterback. He just happens to be not as tall as your prototype (quarterback). He was a proven winner in college and he’s showing it in the NFL. You can tell he’s very savvy. He knows where to go with the football. He can make plays in and out of the pocket. He’s very dangerous when he gets out and he can make guys miss. They’re starting to run some zone-read stuff with him, which is another element that is dangerous. We’re fortunate that we’ve seen a lot of that in camps with what we’ve done with Tim (Tebow). That’s always something that you have to be prepared for.” – Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, to the Newark Star-Ledger, on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson; adding the senior personnel executive Terry Bradway was so high on Wilson before the NFL Draft that it earned the QB the nickname “Russell Bradway” around the organization


Thursday in Hawkville: Now that he’s active, Thurmond wants to play

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 8:

FOCUS ON

Walter Thurmond

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.”

OPPONENT WATCH

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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.

INJURY REPORT

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)

Full participation

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)

Full participation

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

UP NEXT

“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


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Carroll: “Wait and see” on status of Wright, Carpenter

Head Coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon as part of his weekly Wednesday press conference ahead of this afternoon’s 1:30 p.m. practice and preparations for their Week 10 home matchup with the New York Jets.

With yesterday’s roster moves leaving an open spot on the team’s active roster, one of the first questions Carroll fielded was on the status of cornerback Walter Thurmond, who remains on the team’s Physically Unable to Perform list, but who has been practicing with the club the past few weeks.

“We’ll let you know later,” Carroll said on whether or not they would activate Thurmond.

The team must activate Thurmond by Monday, November 12, which is 21 days after he first began practicing again. While on the PUP list, Thurmond does not count against the team’s 53-man roster limit.

The focus quickly turned toward the Seahawks’ Week 10 opponent – the Jets, who Carroll said have a “very complex style of play across the board.”

“They’re very difficult scheme-wise on defense for our offensive guys,” Carroll continued. “We’re challenged by their scheme.”

Carroll also provided an injury update heading into today’s “Competition Wednesday” practice, saying they will take a “wait and see” approach with linebacker K.J. Wright and offensive guard James Carpenter, and that the pair will not practice today as they go through concussion evaluation. Wright suffered a concussion on the first defensive series in last Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings and Carpenter showed up as a late addition to the injury report last week, citing a concussion it is believed he suffered over the week of practice.

If Wright and Carpenter cannot go this weekend against the Jets, it is expected that linebacker Mike Morgan would fill in for Wright, and offensive guard John Moffitt would fill in for Carpenter. Both Morgan and Moffitt stepped in for Wright and Carpenter in the team’s Week 9 win over the Vikings.

“We’re ready to play with him,” Carroll said of Moffitt starting at left guard should Carpenter be unable to return by Sunday. “He did an admirable job with one day of preparation [against the Vikings] and he’ll do a better job this week.”

Carroll mentioned that wide receiver Braylon Edwards and defensive tackle Jason Jones would be slowed today, but should return to Thursday’s practice to see where they are at. Edwards has been battling a knee that swelled up prior to the team’s Week 8 game against the Detroit Lions and Jones has been hampered by an ankle and missed the last two games.

Carroll said the focus for his defense this week in practice will be on getting back to the fundamentals. The unit has slipped in recent weeks after an impressive showing in the early part of the season, allowing Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore to rack up big yardage totals. Carroll pointed to defensive footwork, maintaining pad level, and remaining aggressive as areas of emphasis during the week.

Our Insiders Clare Farnsworth and Tony Ventrella will be back with more following today’s player availability and practice session. And in case you missed it, stay tuned to Seahawks.com for Carroll’s full video press conference.


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Tuesday cyber surfing: Defense Looking to Make Corrections

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 6.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks defense has shown signs of decline over the last few weeks, “It wasn’t just that Seattle allowed 17 points in the first half, matching the most it has given up before halftime this season. It was more than just the fact that Adrian Peterson rushed for 182 yards, the most by a Seahawks opponent since Pete Carroll became coach. The biggest problem is that it was a continuation of a decline that began in the second half of Seattle’s Week 6 loss at San Francisco, ran through a 28-24 defeat in Detroit and continued Sunday. ‘We’re seeing a lot of complexities in the last month,’ Carroll said. ‘And some of the stuff has been harder for us. We haven’t executed as well, and that calls for us to make sure we’re really on our stuff.’ “

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune also calls out the inconsistency of the Seahawks defense, “The Seahawks had been holding teams to an average of 70 rushing yards entering the Week 7 game in San Francisco, good for No. 2 in the league. Peterson’s total of 182 rushing yards on Sunday was the most a Pete Carroll defense had allowed an individual runner during his 3-year tenure in Seattle. The Seahawks have allowed just four players to run for over 100 yards in the past two years – Peterson and Gore (131 yards) this year, and Dallas’ DeMarco Murray (139) and Washington’s Roy Helu (108) last season. Carroll said his defense is playing inconsistently up front. ‘It wasn’t similar style of runs,’ Carroll said about his defense’s struggles against San Francisco and Minnesota. ‘But it was similar in that we made errors. So the good part for us is that they’re really easily corrected.’ “

John Boyle of the Everett Herald has an update on the concussed LB K.J. Wright and G James Carpenter, “A day after his team beat the Vikings 30-20, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll did not know if either player will return this week. That’s the nature of things in the more safety-conscious NFL, which requires players to go through a league-mandated protocol and be cleared by doctors before they can return to action. ‘We’ll know later,’ Carroll said when asked about Wright. ‘We’ve got to give him a couple of days to figure it out. The process is already underway, the testing and the stuff that’s going on, and we’ll know more on Wednesday.’ The answer was pretty much the same on Carpenter, who was ruled out Saturday after being listed as questionable on Friday’s practice report because of an illness. Carroll explained Sunday that they weren’t sure how or when Carpenter’s concussion occurred, but that it could have happened in Seattle’s previous game in Detroit, or in practice Wednesday.”

Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com recaps a Monday segment of “Brock and Salk” in which head coach Pete Carroll joined the show to discuss the progress of Russell Wilson and the offense, “It was the Seahawks’ best offensive performance of the season, one they needed after a brutal first half from their defense. And it further validated coach Pete Carroll’s decision to go with Wilson – not high-priced free-agent addition Matt Flynn – as the starter. The Seahawks are 5-4, and their latest win showed how far their rookie quarterback has come after some predictable struggles earlier in the season. ‘He looks poised and comfortable,’ Carroll told ‘Brock and Salk’ on Monday, ‘and I think we’re just gonna see this guy keep getting better.’ Wilson’s three touchdown passes Sunday gave him 13 on the season, 10th-most in the NFL and the most among rookie quarterbacks. It also established a new franchise rookie record. His 87.2 QB rating ranks 11th in the NFL, second only to Washington’s Robert Griffin III among rookies.”

Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” discuss what to expect from the Seahawks offense moving forward in this short video.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that Sunday’s win over Minnesota was a good definition of “finishing” that coach Carroll would like to see from his team, “After carrying the Seahawks through the early part of the season, Seattle’s defense has now given up at least 20 points in three of the past four games. And if Christian Ponder had been at all effective throwing the ball, the Vikings would have become the fourth straight team to top 300 total yards against the Seahawks. ‘That’s why finishing is so important,’ Carroll said. ‘We did all of the right stuff to get out of that game with a big win for us at the end.’ “

Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his report from Monday’s Carroll press conference, noting the Seahawks expect to have wide receiver Braylon Edwards back at practice this week, and hope the same is true for defensive tackle Jason Jones. Edwards has missed the team’s last two games with a knee injury and Jones has been absent for the same duration with an ankle.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com has his “NFC West Stock Watch“, pointing to the rise of Russell Wilson, the Seahawks’ receivers, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, “1. Russell Wilson, Seahawks QB. Wilson turned in another solid performance as the Seahawks’ starter, tossing three first-half touchdown passes to keep Seattle in the lead against Minnesota even though the Vikings were racking up rushing yardage. Only Peyton Manning (91.6) and Aaron Rodgers (89.0) have higher Total QBR scores than Wilson (83.1) over the past three weeks. 2. Seattle wide receivers. Golden Tate and Sidney Rice accounted for three Seattle touchdowns against the Vikings. Rice also completed a 25-yard pass to tight end Zach Miller, setting up a touchdown. Wilson has completed 21 of 25 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns when targeting Tate and Rice over the past two weeks. Those plays have produced 13 first downs. 3. Darrell Bevell, Seahawks offensive coordinator. Bevell called an excellent game against his former team. He is playing to the strengths of the offense and his quarterback specifically. Seattle has mixed deep passes with short throws with zone runs with quarterback options to keep defenses guessing. This was a diverse offense on display against the Vikings.”

Sando also takes a look at how Wilson fared in QBR in the Seahawks’ Week 9 win, “Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (82.8 QBR, 127.3 NFL rating): Wilson completed 16 of 24 passes for 173 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions and one sack. He rushed nine times for 27 yards and three first downs. He was cited for a fumble on a backward pass that went out of bounds. Seattle suffered from three dropped passes, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Wilson, with an 83.1 QBR score over the past three weeks, trails only Peyton Manning (91.6) and Aaron Rodgers (89.0) over that span. Tom Brady (81.8), Matt Ryan (77.9), Drew Brees (75.1) and Andrew Luck (74.5) are next.”

The staff at ESPN.com has their updated NFL power rankings, and Seattle comes in at No. 12 on their list.

NFL.com names Golden Tate’s game-winning touchdown over the Green Bay Packers in Week 3 as the No. 1 play of the entire first half of the NFL season. You can view their list of the Top 10 plays of the season’s first half here.

Peter King of SI.com has his midseason All-Pro team and Seahawks center Max Unger makes his cut. King also names Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner his midseason defensive rookie of the year, “Rangy second-round pick is No. 2 on Seattle with 72 tackles. Plugged a huge hole.”

NFL’s “Around the League” chats with wide receiver Golden Tate in this short video.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has his “Monday Metatarsal Musings” with a look at the play of offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre and linebacker Mike Morgan, who stepped in for an injured Max Unger and K.J. Wright in Sunday’s win over the Vikings.

Farnsworth also recaps the activities surrounding “Monday in Hawkville“, with notes on the concussed Wright and Carpenter.

Tony Ventrella has his “Seahawks Daily” looking at the Seahawks impressive performance in the second half of Sunday’s win over the Vikings.

And finally, we have coach Carroll’s full video press conference from Monday available here.


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Monday in Hawkville: Concussions leaving Wright and Carpenter up in the air

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

FOCUS ON

James Carpenter

James Carpenter

The heads of K.J. Wright and James Carpenter. The Seahawks’ strongside linebacker and left guard have concussions, so their availability for this week’s game against the Jets at CenturyLink Field is unknown at this time.

That was the word today from coach Pete Carroll during his weekly day-after Q&A session with the media. Wright was concussed on the opening drive of Sunday’s 30-20 victory over the Vikings, while Carpenter was unable to play in the game because of a concussion he got last week.

“We’ll know more by Wednesday,” Carroll said when asked about Wright, who had been the team’s leading tackler before missing most of Sunday’s game.

As for Carpenter, Carroll said, “Same circumstances as K.J., really.”

Those circumstances require each player to pass a battery of tests before they are cleared to practice. That process is underway, but Carroll said it could be a couple of days before the status of either player can be determined.

“We’ll know more in a couple days,” Carroll said. “You’ll hear more about that on Wednesday.”

Asked if either could practice on Wednesday, Carroll said, “The process almost doesn’t allow them to practice Wednesday.”

John Moffitt, who had missed the previous five games with a knee injury, was able to step in for Carpenter and “all in all, he did a good job,” Carroll said. Mike Morgan took over for Wright and Carroll labeled his performance “adequate.”

PLAYER WATCH

Russell Okung

Russell Okung

Russell Okung. The Vikings’ Jared Allen entered Sunday’s game with seven sacks and also left Sunday’s game with seven sacks. Credit Okung, the Seahawks’ third-year left tackle who was matched against the defensive end who led the NFL with 22 sacks last season.

“Russell did very well. He handled it fine,” Carroll said. “And Jared came after him and tried to get in his head a little bit and Russell handled it like a real vet.”

It wasn’t the first time. Okung also did not allow a sack to the Packers’ Clay Matthews in Week 3, and he has nine sacks in his other games to tie for second in the league.

“Russell’s playing good steady football and doing a good job,” Carroll said. “And he’s seen some good football players. And there’s none more difficult and challenging than Jared. So that was a good game for him. I thought it was a real solid game for Russell.”

UNIT WATCH

Run defense. In their past three games, the Seahawks have allowed 243 rushing yards to the Vikings – 182 by Adrian Peterson; and 175 rushing yards to the 49ers – 131 by Frank Gore. So a unit that ranked No. 2 in the league against the run entering the San Francisco game, allowing an average of 70 yards, is now No. 11, allowing an average of 102.4.

What the 49ers and Vikings did to run for all those yards came from different schemes, but Carroll said steps already are being taken to rectify the situation.

“I do think we’re over trying a little bit,” Carroll said. “Just in general, guys are trying to live up to the expectations. We’re trying really hard, and at times that takes you out of your game. That’s something we’re really concerned about. We just want to play the way we’re capable of playing. Sometimes guys try to go beyond their responsibilities to make a play and get in a bad situation

“To play good run defense you have to be extraordinarily disciplined.”

INJURY REPORT

Defensive lineman Jason Jones, one of the tackles in the nickel line, and wide receiver Braylon Edwards did not play against the Vikings because of ankle and knee injuries. But Carroll said each could return this week.

Strong safety Kam Chancellor got a bruised thigh when he was kicked in Sunday’s game, but he is not expected to miss any practice time.

Carroll said the club has until next Monday to decide whether to add cornerback Walter Thurmond to the 53-man roster. He began the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list after having surgery on his left fibula twice in a five-month period. Thurmond returned to practice two weeks ago.

STAT DU JOUR

Two of the first three teams the Seahawks beat at home this season have been on rolls since those losses. Here’s a look at how the Seahawks’ CenturyLink victims have fared:

Opponent (week)       Prior record     Record since

Cowboys (Week 2)           1-0                   2-4

Packers (Week 3)              1-1                   5-1

Patriots (Week 6)              3-2                   2-0

Vikings (Week 9)               5-3                   ?-?

UP NEXT

The players have their off day on Tuesday before returning on Wednesday to begin practicing for Sunday’s game against the Jets.

Defensive end Red Bryant will sign autographs from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the CenturyLink Field Pro Shop.

YOU DON’T SAY

“Russell Wilson at home: 4-0, nine touchdowns, no interceptions.” – Peter King, ranking the Seahawks at No. 11 in the “Fine Fifteen” section of his Monday Morning Quarterback at SI.com


Friday in Hawkville: Baldwin ready to play after ‘miraculous recovery’

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 2:

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Doug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin. Again? Again. Yesterday, when Baldwin also was focused on, the second-year receiver declared himself ready to play in Sunday’s game against the Vikings at CenturyLink Field, despite getting a high ankle sprain just 15 days ago in the loss to the 49ers in San Francisco.

Today, the word came from an even more definitive source: Coach Pete Carroll.

“Doug looks to be ready to go,” Carroll said after practice, when the team took advantage of the dry spell to work outside of the second consecutive day. “He had a full week of practice, which surprised us. Coming out of Monday, we weren’t sure. And then he just practiced on Wednesday, got through it and had a good week. So we’re hoping he’s going to play.”

Baldwin is listed as probable for Sunday’s game.

This shouldn’t be happening. The recovery period for a high ankle sprain started at a month and usually lasts even longer.

“He made a miraculous recovery,” Carroll said. “He had a high ankle sprain that showed up on the MRI and he made it back in a week’s time, which we can’t even explain it. But he pulled it off.”

And Baldwin’s return comes at an optimum time, with Braylon Edwards out because of the same knee issue that forced him to miss last week’s game against the Lions in Detroit and Ben Obomanu going on injured reserve after damaging his wrist against the Lions. Rookie free agent Jermaine Kearse was signed off the practice squad to replace Obomanu and will play against the Vikings.

It’s been a tough season for Baldwin, who was sidelined for most of training camp and all of the preseason with a hamstring injury; had his front teeth knocked out in the season opener against the Cardinals; injured a shoulder in practice that forced him to miss a game; and then got the ankle injury when another player fell into his leg while he was blocking on a punt return.

“It’s been frustrating,” he said. “But that happens. It’s the game of football. So I’ve just got to move on and keep going forward.”

PLAYER WATCH

Walter Thurmond. The third-year cornerback completed his second week of practice, and Carroll said the decision on whether Thurmond is added to the 53-man roster will be made before game time.

“Walter had a great week, and he’s had two good weeks. He’s been impressive out here,” Carroll said.

Thurmond began the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list after having surgery on his left leg twice in a five-month period – the second coming in March. He could practice next week, as well, before the team has to determine if he’ll be added to the roster.

OPPONENT WATCH

Kyle Rudolph. The Vikings’ leader in offensive touchdowns is not Percy Harvin, or even Adrian Peterson. It’s the second-year tight end from Notre Dame. Rudolph is getting more opportunities because former Seahawks tight end John Carlson is sidelined with concussion-like symptoms, and making the most of them with five TD catches among his 27 receptions for 242 yards.

“For a (young) player, he’s got a lot of savvy,” Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “The running game is so big for them, that’s where it all starts. They get you where it’s run, run and he’s blocking out and blocking out. Next thing you know, he blocks out and flips out and gets open – especially down in the red zone.”

Rudolph’s scoring plays have come on passes of 6, 1, 2, 15 and 1 yards.

“He’s a big body-type tight end who gets on you and uses his strength on you,” Bradley said of the 6-foot-6, 258-pound Rudolph.

INJURY REPORT

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

Out

WR Braylon Edwards (knee)

DT Jason Jones (ankle)

Questionable

OG James Carpenter (illness)

DL Greg Scruggs (oblique)

CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)

Probable

RB Marshawn Lynch (back)

WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)

OG John Moffitt (knee)

DT Alan Branch (not injury related)

Branch was excused from practice today because of a death in his family, but he is scheduled to be back and play on Sunday. Scruggs returned to practice after sitting out yesterday to rest a strained oblique and Carroll said he is ready to go for Sunday. Carpenter left the field during practice, so his status is uncertain.

For the Vikings:

Out

TE John Carlson (concussion)

Questionable

S Mistral Raymond (ankle)

Probable

RB Adrian Peterson (ankle)

CB Antoine Winfield (knee)

WR Percy Harvin (hamstring)

DT Fred Evans (knee)

DT Letroy Guion (ribs)

LB Erin Henderson (elbow)

P Chris Kluwe (left knee)

QB Christian Ponder (knee)

Peterson did not practice today because of soreness in his left ankle, but Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told reporters who cover the team, “He’ll be ready to go on Sunday. We just wanted to give him a little rest prior to the game.”

When Carroll was asked about Harvin’s status, he offered, “He’s going. He’s playing. I’ll help you out on that one.”

STAT DU JOUR

The Seahawks have had mixed results in defending tight ends this season. With Rudolph coming to town, here’s a look at how opposing tight ends have fared against the Seattle defense in the first eight games:

Player, team                               vs. Seahawks        Season totals        

Jeff King, Cardinals                          2-8                         11-102

Jason Witten, Cowboys                  4-58                       51-487

Jermichael Finley, Packers             4-60                       28-265

Lance Kendricks, Rams                   2-22                       20-165

Greg Olsen, Panthers                      2-37                       29-347

Rob Gronkowski, Patriots              6-61                       43-580

Vernon Davis, 49ers                        0-0                         25-374

Brandon Pettigrew, Lions               7-74                      38-374

UP NEXT

The players will hold a walkthrough on Saturday morning.

The team’s annual Tackle Hunger drive will be held at Sunday’s game, so fans are asked to bring nonperishable food or cash donations that will benefit Northwest Harvest. The American Red Cross also will have volunteers at the game collecting cash donations to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Also, daylight saving time ends early Sunday morning, so be sure to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night to avoid arriving at the game too early.

YOU DON’T SAY

“I don’t talk a lot. I just got out there and try and get the job done. I’m sure we’re going to exchange a few words, but it won’t be nothing serious.” – Sidney Rice, the Seahawks, leading receiver, on facing the team he played for from 2007-10.


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Thursday cyber surfing: Kearse impressing everybody; Baldwin a limited participant in practice

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 1.

Danny O’Neil has his story on wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, who was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster earlier this week, “He’s going to be playing some special teams at the very least after being promoted to the active roster to replace Obomanu, who became the first Seahawk placed on injured reserve since the regular season began. Obomanu suffered a wrist injury that will require him to be in a cast for at least six weeks, and more likely eight. That creates an opportunity for Kearse, who was undrafted out of Washington, but signed with Seattle and worked himself from training camp to the practice squad to the 53-man roster. ‘Jermaine has done a very good job,’ Carroll said. ‘He has impressed everybody in everything he has done. He is going to be involved in special teams this week, extensively. He has made great impressions so we’re fortunate to have him available to pop up.’ “

O’Neil also has the Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings’ injury reports from Wednesday. Seattle’s Doug Baldwin returned to practice in limited fashion for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times highlights the Vikings’ Jared Allen, the outgoing defensive end who showed up to Minnesota’s practice facility yesterday in full Halloween gear, “Allen, now 30 and fully established as one the greatest pass-rushing defensive ends in NFL history — his 22 sacks last year were just a half-sack behind Michael Strahan’s 2001 season record — is still a wild and crazy guy. The only difference is now he limits his fun to such socially acceptable activities as knocking the stuffing out of opposing quarterbacks, and thrill-seeking activities like running with the bulls in Spain, boar (and bear) hunting, sky diving and zip-lining. He’ll be attempting to partake of the former Sunday when the Vikings meet the Seahawks, who know that slowing down Allen’s pass rush is a prime focus. ‘He’s long, lanky with a knack for getting sacks,’ Seahawks center Max Unger said. ‘You have to know where he is and what he’s doing all the time out there.’ “

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune has his report from Wednesday, noting Baldwin is coming along better than expected from his high ankle sprain, “The Seahawks could use Baldwin because they lack depth. Ben Obomanu was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list with a wrist injury and Braylon Edwards may not be available because of a swollen knee. That leaves four healthy receivers on the active roster. ‘He looks better than we expected coming into the week,’ Carroll said of Baldwin. ‘I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but we’ll see.’ “

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune has praises from Kearse’s fellow receivers on his recent promotion, “Receiver Golden Tate, specifically, approached Carroll with his support for Kearse. ‘He’s a young guy who is going to be really good,’ Tate said. ‘From Day One he showed what he could do and hasn’t made many of those rookie mistakes. He has some wiggle, and is a strong guy with great hands.’ Kearse was set back early in the offseason with a foot injury, which made it more impressive that he landed on the practice squad. ‘I told him back then that I thought at some point this season he was going to be activated,’ Tate said. ‘He’s got a positive attitude, he works hard every day.’ “

Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune also calls attention to the Vikings’ Allen, “Sure, he isn’t the pure speed-rushing spitfire he was back in 2004, fresh out of Idaho State University and a fourth-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs. But it doesn’t mean he isn’t effective. He might be a little slower, but he’s a lot smarter player. ‘I think I’m a different player from week to week or year to year, just trying to build and correct mistakes,’ Allen said. ‘Mentally, you learn to rush smarter. When you are younger, you are guessing. But I’ve always been a leverage, technique guy. I’m never going to get away from the base of what I do. I believe (in using) hips, hands and feet and out-leveraging and out-working the guy in front of me.’ Allen won’t be outworked in practice, a trait that has earned the respect of coach Leslie Frazier. ‘He’s a terrific player,’ Frazier said. ‘He’s on the pace again to have another double-digit sack year. So close a year ago to breaking an NFL record with sacks, and he’s just a joy to be around in practice because he works hard every single day.’ “

John Boyle of the Everett Herald has a feature on Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung, who Boyle says is living up to his high expectations, “For much of his first two seasons in Seattle, the talk about Okung, the No. 6 pick in the 2010 draft and the man handed the unenviable task of filling Walter Jones’ sizable shoes, was about his inability to stay healthy. And when this season started, Okung found himself in the spotlight for one of the worst reasons possible for a lineman—a plethora of penalties.  But lately, you probably haven’t heard much about Okung, and when you’re not hearing discussions about an offensive lineman, it’s usually because he’s doing his job. And when you do actually focus on Okung, you realize that now more than ever, he is living up to the lofty expectations that were placed on him when he was picked in the first round, then immediately named the starter at one of football’s most important positions.”

Bill Swartz of 710Sports.com has his report from Wednesday, pointing to the similarities between the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch and the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson, ” ‘Angry runners’ is the term Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell uses to describe Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson. Two of the top backs in the NFL will be featured front and center at CenturyLink Field Sunday. Bevell has drawn up plays for both elite backs and says their teammates must assume both Peterson and Lynch will keep a play alive after the initial tackle attempt. ‘They have many similarities in their running styles,’ said Bevell, who came to Seattle from Minnesota. ‘If you’re blocking for them downfield, you have to assume they will break free from the first contact.’ “

Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that the Seahawks could potentially be down to just four receivers on Sunday against the Vikings, “Rice is one of the few certainties the Seattle Seahawks have at wide receiver going into this week’s key home game against the Vikings, which could have long-term effects on the NFC playoff race later in the season. With Ben Obomanu on injured reserve and questions about the health of Doug Baldwin and Braylon Edwards, the Seahawks could head into Sunday’s game with just four healthy wide receivers. Rice, Golden Tate, Charly Martin and practice squad call-up Jermaine Kearse are the only receivers expected to be fully healthy for the Vikings. ‘It’s going to be pretty tough. We have a couple of guys that are down,’ Rice said. ‘… It’s definitely going to have to be on those guys. That’s a talented smart group on that side of the ball, a lot of vets that move around very well and some of our guys that haven’t played so much it’s going to be tough for them to process all the information.’ “

Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has a look at the Seahawks’ defensive struggles on third down, “Overall, Seattle is allowing teams to convert 43.9-percent on third down, which is 27th out of the 32 teams in the league. Only Pittsburgh (44-percent), Minnesota (44.2), the New York Jets (45), Tennessee (45.7) and Buffalo (47.3) are allowing teams to convert more frequently on third down. LB K.J. Wright said it’s not something they’re worried about because they know it’s something they can get corrected. ‘It don’t worry me at all,’ Wright said. ‘I know we’re a good defense and I know we can adjust to anything so I’m not worried.’ Wright said it’s partly an experience issue in getting used to see the various route combinations and being able to react faster to what they’re seeing. Between Wright in his second year, rookie LB Bobby Wagner and CB Marcus Trufant adjusting to a new position, the Seahawks have been just out of position at times. It’s a chemistry that is still developing between the group. ‘I recognized one (route combination) last week but it was a little too late and they got the first down so it just comes with experience. We’ll be able to get the job done. We’re still learning,’ Wright said.”

Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com comments on the Seahawks’ recent struggles on defense, “Against the past three offenses, the Patriots, 49ers and Lions, the defense was learning the hard way. There is really no other way. ‘You watch film, but you can’t really get used to it until you get on the field,’ said Bobby Wagner, a rookie starting at middle linebacker — the quarterback of the defense. ‘A lot of rookies mess up on plays they’ve never seen. It’s just experience, seeing plays come so fast. We take false reads that (veterans) don’t, because of experience. A team like the Carolina Panthers (against whom the Seahawks have their only road win), which runs read options, we tend to have a good feel for it because that tends to be what we have seen (in college). You just have to have experience (with the more standard pro offenses), and I feel like we’re catching on pretty quick.’ “

Mike Sando of ESPN.com has a look at injury situations around the NFC West, “The Seahawks are light on receivers after losing Doug Baldwin to a high-ankle sprain and Ben Obomanu to a season-ending wrist injury. Braylon Edwards missed practice with knee trouble Wednesday. Baldwin was limited. The team still has good enough quality at the position with Sidney Rice playing well (except for a drop in Week 8 ) and Golden Tate bouncing back from a tough game against San Francisco. Depth is a concern, however, particularly without a strong No. 2 receiving tight end to pair with Zach Miller. Defensive tackle Jason Jones (ankle) missed practice. Seattle’s nickel defense missed him against Detroit. He could test the ankle later in the week. The nickel defense figures to play less this week based on Minnesota’s personnel tendencies. Seattle did not list fullback Michael Robinson on its injury report. He hurt a wrist against the Lions.”

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth recaps “Wednesday in Hawkville” with a focus on the rookie Kearse, and gets Sidney Rice and Heath Farwell’s take on the running backs Lynch and Peterson.

Tony Ventrella has his “Seahawks Daily” as the team kicks off their first practice of the second half of the season.

We have coach Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell‘s full video press conferences from yesterday.

And finally, team photographer Rod Mar has a look at “Competition Wednesday” in photos.