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Cyber surfing: Tuesday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” – and was “out there” over the holiday weekend – on the Seahawks for May 31:

ESPN’s John Clayton, who hosts a Saturday morning show on 710 ESPN, interviewed Mark LeGree, the safety the Seahawks selected in the April NFL Draft. The rookie has had limited exposure to coach Pete Carroll because of the lockout. But he seems to already know the drill, offering, “Even if I don’t get a starting spot, I’m going to make the guy ahead of me work for his spot. On special teams? I love special teams. I know how big a part of the game it is; it can change a game in just one play. I am looking forward to the opportunity to be able to start. I’m a playmaker and I can go get that ball.”

Clayton also lists new offensive line coach Tom Cable at No. 9 in his Top 10 coaches being hit hardest by the lockout. Clayton’s reasoning for the ranking: “The former Raiders coach took over the Seahawks’ offensive line, which is trying to replace three starters. The Seahawks used their first two draft choices on offensive linemen James Carpenter and John Moffitt, and they’ve got to find another guard in free agency. Starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is unsigned and has to decide whether he wants to return to what will be the league’s youngest and – until the lockout is over – most un-coached offensive line.”

Jim Corbett of USA Today has five burning questions about the Seahawks as they wait to prepare for the coming season. No. 1, of course, is who will quarterback the team. Says Corbett: “Still, the longer the lockout goes, the better the chance that Hasselbeck could return.”

It’s difficult to not second that notion.

Carl Eller played the final season of his Hall of Fame career with the Seahawks in 1979. Prior to that, he was dominating defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings. Now, Eller, in his role as president of the Retired Players Association, has become a spokesman for that faction in the labor dispute between owners and players. Eller wrote this piece for Sporting News Today, offering: “It is just as much in the interests of the retired players as it is the fans to create a resolution so that we have football played in 2011 – remember, we are now fans, too.

Chester Pitts, a free-agent-to-be offensive lineman for the Seahawks, has had a lot to say during the lockout. Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com catches up with Pitts to get his reaction to Kurt Warner’s recent comment about the players eventually “giving in.” Said Pitts: “There were a lot of players I spoke to who were stunned by what he said. I was disappointed. Disappointed is a good word, but disheartening is a better word.”

And for our give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, we offer this bullet-point overview by Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. He puts the likelihood of games being lost at 70 percent.

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our look at the players voted to the 35th Anniversary team with a profile of kickoff returner Steve Broussard – as well as a look at current kickoff returner Leon Washington and his place in team history after only one season.


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Monday in Hawkville

A recap of the activities from Day One of wild-card playoff week:

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Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst. Who starts at quarterback for the Seahawks in Saturday’s game against the New Orleans Saints at Qwest Field?

Pete Carroll isn’t saying. Not because he’s trying to be coy – at least not completely. It’s because the Seahawks’ first-year coach doesn’t have to name a starter today, and wants to get a look at both QBs in practice this week before making the decision.

“We’ll find out where we are in the next day or so and determine that,” Carroll said during his weekly day-after Q&A session when asked who would start this week. “Right now, it looks like we’ll split reps with those guys at practice tomorrow and we’ll just find out where we are.”

The Seahawks will get an early start this week, practicing on Tuesday – the players’ usual “off” day – because they play Saturday.

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Baker, Pitts out for playoff game

The Seahawks will not have tight end Chris Baker or guard Chester Pitts for Saturday’s wild-card playoff game against the Saints at Qwest Field, coach Pete Carroll announced during his just-concluded day-after Q&A session.

Baker fractured a hip in Sunday night’s division-clinching victory over the Rams, while Pitts got what Carroll called a “pretty serious concussion” when he hit his head on the turf at Qwest.

Tyler Polumbus started at left guard for Pitts against the Rams and will remain in the lineup for this week’s game. With Baker out, tight ends John Carlson and Cameron Morrah will be even more involved as blockers in the running game.

As for the QB situation, Carroll said both Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst are “getting ready to start.”

Hasselbeck sat out the Rams game because of the strained muscles in his left hip and buttock that he got in the previous game against the Buccaneers. So Whitehurst started, but was sore today after being pressured and hit – if not sacked – throughout the game against the Rams.

The players will practice on Tuesday, their usual “off” day, because they play on Saturday. Carroll said Hasselbeck will participate fully, but that he and Whitehurst likely will split the reps.


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Monday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Roy Lewis. The Seahawks have lost their special teams captain, as Lewis was placed on injured reserve today with a knee problem that will require surgery.

“I think it’s a big factor, I really do,” coach Pete Carroll said when asked how the loss of Lewis would impact the play of the special teams.

“He’s a captain because of who he is and how he brings it week-in and week-out.”

Lewis has been bothered by the knee for a couple of weeks, Carroll said, and will have surgery Tuesday.

“We’ve had a fantastic year on special teams to date and we’re going to miss him,” Carroll said. “He’s a big part of it, and he is because of his energy and his leadership and the toughness that he brings.”

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Friday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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A playoff game. Or at least that kind of approach, and atmosphere.

That’s how the Seahawks are looking at Sunday’s matchup against the 11-2 Atlanta Falcons at Qwest Field.

“If we do expect to make the playoffs, it’s going to be a team like this that we match up with,” middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu said today after practice.

If the Seahawks win the NFC West – they’re currently tied with the St. Louis Rams atop the division at 6-7 – they would host a first-round playoff game against the wild-card team with the best record. The Falcons have a one-game lead in the NFC South over the New Orleans Saints, and they play next Monday night in Atlanta. So the second-place team from the South could be headed to Qwest – if the Seahawks prevail.

“Definitely looking forward to the challenge, and it is going to be a challenge,” Tatupu said of Sunday’s game having that playoff feel and importance.

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Monday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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The 49ers. The good feelings generated by Sunday’s storm-from-behind victory over the Carolina Panthers still were reverberating through Virginia Mason Athletic Center today. But coach Pete Carroll and staff already were directing their attention to the fourth quarter of the season.

For the Seahawks, that starts with his week’s game against their division rivals in San Francisco. The Seahawks beat the 49ers at Qwest in their season opener, 31-6. But that seems even longer ago than three months.

If the Seahawks are to achieve their season-long goal – which is winning the NFC West – a sweep of the 49ers would be a giant step in the right direction.

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Tuesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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The NFC West. As the Seahawks and their division rivals move into the final five weeks of the regular season, one of the four will emerge and secure a berth in the postseason. But which team will make it a December to remember?

As ludicrous as this might sound for a team that has given up 42 and 34 points in its past two games and been outscored 83-31 in its past two home games, the Seahawks continue to control their own destiny. Of course, so do the St. Louis Rams – who also are 5-6 and beat the Seahawks in St. Louis in Week 4; and the San Francisco 49ers – who pulled to within a game of the Seahawks and Rams with Monday night’s win over the Arizona Cardinals.

But the Seahawks cannot let another home game slip away, especially with the 1-10 Carolina Panthers coming to Qwest Field on Sunday and their next home game against the 9-2 Atlanta Falcons. The Seahawks also have to travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers next week and make a Christmas weekend trip to Tampa to play the 7-4 Buccaneers before hosting the Rams in a Jan. 2 game that could determine the division champion.

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Tuesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Marcus Trufant. The Seahawks’ veteran cornerback has been here before. At midseason, that is.

A first-round draft choice in 2003, the product of Washington State University and Tacoma’s Wilson High School has experienced the good (6-2 in 2003 and 2005; 5-3 in 2004 and 2006), the not-so-good (2-6 in 2008; 3-5 last season) and the half good/half bad (4-4 this season and in 2007).

“You have to learn from the past, of course, and get better from the past,” Trufant said when asked how he approached the switch from first half of the season to second half of the season.

“But you also have to look ahead and focus on the next task at hand.”

For the 2010 Seahawks, that would be Sunday’s game against the Cardinals in Arizona.  That’s the two-time defending NFC West champion Cardinals, who have beaten the Seahawks the past four seasons in Arizona.

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Friday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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The pitcher, but also the catcher. Charlie Whitehurst put in his final full practice today in preparation for his first NFL start on Sunday against the New York Giants at Qwest Field. And he got to throw to leading receiver Mike Williams, who was back after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday to rest a bruise just above his knee.

“It’s a timing thing,” Williams said after practice. “I hadn’t practiced all week, so to get out there today just to get adjusted to the speed. Charlie’s throwing the ball a little different, it’s coming out fast with a lot more zip.

“It almost will knock you over.”

The amped-up Whitehurst is starting because Matt Hasselbeck has been ruled out due to the concussion he got while being sacked a career-high eight times in last week’s loss to the Raiders in Oakland.

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Wednesday in Hawkville

Wednesday in Hawkville

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Matt Hasselbeck. But he didn’t even practice. And that’s precisely the point. When you have only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster and the starter sits out, it’s noteworthy. When the backup – Charlie Whitehurst – has yet to throw a regular-season pass in his NFL career, the starter not practicing is news.

But coach Pete Carroll is hoping it’s only a one-day headline as the Seahawks prepare for Sunday’s game against the 5-2 New York Giants at Qwest Field.

“He’s feeling pretty good and we’ll look for him to practice tomorrow,” Carroll said of Hasselbeck, who got a slight concussion while being sacked a career-high eight times in last week’s loss to the Raiders in Oakland.

And just because Hasselbeck failed to take any snaps today does not mean he just stood around and watched.

“He’s still involved with everything that’s going on,” Carroll said. “We’ll see how he does in the morning (walk-thru) tomorrow.”

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