Camp Mora: Day 20

A recap of the only practice Wednesday at Seahawks training camp:


Walter Jones and Marcus Trufant. Neither practiced, but coach Jim Mora did provide updates on the condition of the injured Pro Bowl tandem.

Jones is scheduled to have an arthroscopic procedure Thursday morning on his left knee at the Seattle Surgery Center. It is the same one that needed microfracture surgery in December and sidelined the Pro Bowl left tackle for the final four games last season. Trufant has an issue with a disk in his back, which was revealed when the team’s left cornerback was given a magnetic resonance imaging test.

“We don’t think of it as anything mind-blowing serious, but we want to be sure,” Mora said of Jones getting a scope. “He just didn’t feel right. You guys all saw it. Big man just didn’t feel right, so we want to make sure he’s OK.”

Jones returned to practice last Thursday after missing almost two weeks because of back spasms. Monday, he started practice but was unable to finish.

“He just felt weird in his knee after about five or six snaps,” Mora said. “We don’t think that it’s anything significant.”

On Trufant, who has been on the physically unable to perform list since camp started, Mora said, “There is a little disk issue. Not to be alarming, he’s actually doing very well. It’s not anything that will need surgery.

“It’s actually – if you want to be a glass-half-full guy, which I am – good that we found this out now rather than in the middle of the season. Because now we can make some decisions how we move forward. … We have a chance to take our time and be patient with his recovery.”

Mora did not have a timetable on the return of either player.


Offense: Wide receiver Deion Branch made a reaching catch of a Matt Hasselbeck pass in the end zone over cornerback Josh Wilson.

Defense: Safety C.J. Wallace slapped away a deep pass to Joe Newton just as the ball was about to settle into the tight end’s hands.


It was a “family day” practice, as wives and kids watched from the berm.

Olindo Mare’s three children – ages 6, 4 and 2 – were decked out in mini-replicas of his No. 10 jersey. Several times during practice they yelled, “Hi, daddy” in unison.

After practice, the kids invaded the field.

“It’s fun,” Mora said. “A lot of players have young kids, so Wednesday is a great day for the families to come out and run around on the field. That’s what I grew up doing, so I know how important it is.”

Mora’s father, Jim E. Mora, also was at practice. The former NFL head coach attended the Monday night practice at Husky Stadium as well.

“It’s fun for me to have him out here,” the younger Mora said. “I went home last night and I got about an hour debriefing on practice – who did well, who needed to pick it up, how drills were organized.

“It’s a good deal. I take it with a grain of salt. It’s fun for him, and I appreciate him being out here.”


Linebacker Aaron Curry sat out practice. The team’s first-round draft choice got a slight groin strain during the Monday night practice at Husky Stadium, but Mora said he could be ready to play in Saturday night’s preseason home opener against the Denver Broncos.

Also sitting out: wide receivers Nate Burleson (hamstring) and Courtney Taylor, running back Julius Jones (thigh), offensive lineman Grey Ruegamer (elbow) and defensive end Lawrence Jackson (leg). Running back T.J. Duckett (concussion) started practice, but did not participate in contact drills.

Mare returned to practice for the first time since experiencing soreness in his right knee during pre-game warm-ups for Saturday night’s preseason opener in San Diego. He was good on each of his four field-goal attempts.


The players will have their final two-a-day practices of camp on Thursday (8:30-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.). Fans who had registered for sold-out practices that were moved to the team’s indoor practice facility last week will be on hand.


“He seems like he takes every rep out there. I mean the guy is like a golden retriever. He just runs and comes back, and runs and comes back. He’s great. He’s worked harder than anyone I’ve seen to be ready for this season.” – Hasselbeck, on tight end John Carlson

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