A recap of the Seahawks’ Tuesday practice:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Edgerrin James. The leading rusher among active NFL players did more in his fourth practice with the team than he had in the previous three combined.
It prompted the obvious question: Will he play in Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders at Qwest Field?
James, who joined the team last Wednesday, has not played since the Super Bowl in February, when he was with the Arizona Cardinals. In fact, he didn’t participate in any minicamps or OTA sessions this spring while waiting for the Cardinals to grant his request to be released.
Coach Jim Mora said after Saturday night’s preseason game against the Chiefs in Kansas City that James would not play until the Sept. 13 regular-season opener against the St. Louis Rams.
But Tuesday, he altered that assessment.
“If he feels comfortable, and he wants to get a couple carries, then we’ll find a way to get that done,” Mora said. “But this is a guy who, shoot, he’s the 11th leading rusher in the history of the National Football League. I think that if he went into the Rams game without a carry, it wouldn’t be a big deal.
“People have seen a lot of Edgerrin James. As long as he feels comfortable in the offense, that’s the most important thing.”
James definitely looked more comfortable Tuesday, when he got carries with the No. 1 and No. 2 units and also caught some passes.
PLAY OF THE DAY
The defense had every angle covered on this one. First, rookie linebacker Aaron Curry got around fullback David Kirtman for what would have been a sack on QB Matt Hasselbeck. Then, defensive end Patrick Kerney intercepted Hasselbeck’s pass and returned it for a touchdown.
Offensive line. It’s still a work in progress because of the injuries that are sidelining left tackle Walter Jones (knee) and center Chris Spencer (thigh) – and could keep them out of the regular-season opener.
But it seems the coaches have settled on the unit that will start against the Rams. The same quintet that started against the Chiefs has been the No. 1 unit in practice the past two days – from left tackle to right – Sean Locklear, Rob Sims, Steve Vallos, rookie Max Unger and Ray Willis.
But the club likely will have to carry an extra lineman, or two, on the roster cut to 53 players because of the injuries to Jones and Spencer.
Tuesday, the No. 2 unit was – from left tackle to right – Kyle Williams, Mansfield Wrotto, Unger, Na’Shan Goddard and Andre Ramsey.
Michael Bumpus, a second-year wide receiver from Washington State, was released to reach Tuesday’s league-mandated roster limit of 75 players.
Bumpus began last season on the practice squad, but was signed to the active roster because of the rash of injuries at his position. In four games, he caught five passes for 48 yards and a touchdown and also returned seven punts for a 9.4-yard average.
Offensive lineman Cory Withrow did not practice, joining a group that already included cornerback Marcus Trufant (back), wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh (soreness) and Logan Payne (leg), quarterback Seneca Wallace (groin), defensive backs Travis Fisher (hamstring) and C.J. Wallace (ribs), Jones and Spencer.
The players will have a walkthrough Wednesday, their final tune-up before the preseason finale against the Raiders. After reviewing video of the game on Friday, they are off Saturday and Sunday.
The club must make 22 roster moves by Saturday to reach the league-mandated limit of 53 players.
YOU DON’T SAY
“G.Q., give me a call. I’m ready.” – Hasselbeck, when informed the Wall Street Journal ranked him No. 4 as far as the most handsome quarterbacks in the NFL (ahead of the Patriots Tom Brady)