Thursday in Hawkville

A recap of the Seahawks’ Thursday practice:

PLAYER OF THE DAY

Jordan Babineaux

Jordan Babineaux. The jack-of-all-trades defensive back flashed his versatility during the 95-minute practice – the team’s final workout before Saturday night’s third preseason game against the Chiefs in Kansas City.

He blitzed. He played the run. He covered receivers over the middle and in the flat.

But Babineaux’s best play came when he read a wide-receiver screen and was all over rookie Deon Butler just as he caught the ball. It was that play that caught the eye of defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who saluted Babineaux by offering, “Helluva play, Babs.”

PLAY OF THE DAY

Defensive end Patrick Kearney closed on a screen pass to Devin Moore with so much force that he rammed into the rookie running back and knocked him to the turf.

ROLL CALL

Middle linebacker David Hawthorne returned to practice after sitting out the previous two days to rest the left knee he sprained in last Saturday night’s preseason game against the Denver Broncos.

Offensive lineman Cory Withrow, who practiced Wednesday, sat out to rest a sore knee that sidelined him during training camp.

Still out: left tackle Walter Jones (knee), cornerbacks Marcus Trufant (back) and Travis Fisher (hamstring) and center Chris Spencer (thigh).

THE NUMBER GAME

After Edgerrin James was issued No. 32 for his first practice with the team Wednesday, it set off a sideline discussion about other Seahawks who have worn that number.

The last player to wear it was cornerback Kevin Hobbs, who had it until James arrived. The first player to wear it was linebacker Mike Curtis (1976). The most memorable, at least among those involved in the sideline discussion, was running back Ricky Watters (1998-2001). The most obscure was fullback Oscar Gray (1996-97). But the best was fullback John L. Williams (1986-93).

STAT DU JOUR

The Seahawks are 3-0 against the Chiefs in the preseason, but the Chiefs hold a 31-18 edge in the regular-season series against their former AFC West rival – including a 20-5 record at Arrowhead Stadium.

WILD KINGDOM

The eagle that frequently sits atop a pole adjacent to the practice fields was conspicuous by his absence. But after practice, a coyote emerged from the bushes at the south end of the fields and spent several minutes foraging for food in the vegetation that separates the west end of the fields from Lake Washington.

ON TAP

The team will leave early Friday for Saturday night’s game in Kansas City. The players will be off Sunday before returning Monday to begin a short week of preparation for their preseason finale next Thursday against the Oakland Raiders at Qwest Field.

Also, the 80-man roster must be cut to 75 players by Tuesday.

YOU DON’T SAY

“Now that Edgerrin is here, I think it’s an exciting thing for our team to have a guy of his caliber. What he’s done in the past is impressive. There are a couple of guys – like (defensive tackle) Craig Terrill – probably trying to get his autograph. But other than that, everybody has been pretty cool about it.” – quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, when asked about the arrival of James


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