Monday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Will Herring. With starting weakside linebacker Leroy Hill expected to miss some time after straining a groin in Sunday’s season opener, Herring steps into the lineup – starting with this week’s game against the 49ers in San Francisco.

“We heard the bad news this morning – Leroy is going to be out (this week),” Herring said Monday. “So my job as a backup players is to step in, and we can’t miss a beat.”

That was the case Sunday after Hill went out in the first quarter of the Seahawks’ 28-0 victory over the St. Louis Rams at Qwest Field.

“I was really pleased with the way Will stepped in,” coach Jim Mora said. “We really didn’t skip a beat, in terms of the things we were calling. We didn’t have to scale back our game plan at all.”

To add depth at the position, D.D. Lewis was re-signed. The veteran linebacker had been released on the roster cut to 53-players on September 5.

“D.D.’s very smart. He’s been in the system,” Mora said. “We’re lucky he’s still there, and we’re lucky he wanted to rejoin us.”

To clear a roster spot for Lewis, rookie defensive end Derek Walker was released.

POSITION WATCH

Offensive line. The performance of this unit is giving the coaches the “luxury” of not having to rush left tackle Walter Jones and center Chris Spencer back into the lineup before that are completely ready.

“We’re looking forward to getting Chris Spencer and Walter Jones back out on the field at some point this week,” Mora said. “Whether or not we play them Sunday remains to be seen.”

Jones had a cleanout procedure on his surgically repaired left knee last month, while Spencer has been out since tearing a thigh muscle in the second preseason game.

But Sean Locklear and Steve Vallos have played well in their absences.

“How well they’ve played does enter my mind,” Mora said. “Because you don’t want to put guys out there before they’re ready and then lose them for an extended length of time.

“So we’re going to make sure that they’re ready to go, and (ready to) play a whole game before we put them out there.”

What pleased Mora most about his linemen in the opener was the way they handled the un-scouted looks the Rams threw at them.

“The Rams present a lot of difficult match ups up front – what we call un-scouted looks, which is things we really haven’t seen on film,” Mora said.

Sunday, the Rams gave the Seahawks 12 of them – blitzes, alignments, movements.

“Our guys up front handled them very, very well,” Mora said.

STAT DU JOUR

Mora didn’t just win his first regular-season game as coach of the Seahawks, he became the first coach in franchise history to do it.

Jack Patera (1976), Chuck Knox (1983), Tom Flores (1992), Dennis Erickson (1995) and Mike Holmgren (1999) lost their first games.

ON TAP

The players are off today and will return Wednesday to begin preparing for the 49ers.

YOU DON’T SAY

“I wouldn’t say I was surprised, because he kind of showed that in a couple preseason games in small flashes. But maybe what was surprising is the way he was able to sustain it through the whole game. Because he played at a high level of intensity with a bunch of emotion the entire game.” – Mora, on the aggression first-round draft choice Aaron Curry brought to his first regular-season game


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