A recap of the day’s activities:
Aaron Curry. Talk about your bounce-back performances. After admitting Monday that he over pursued some plays in last week’s game against the 49ers in San Francisco, the Seahawks’ first-round draft choice was a playmaking machine in practice today.
The result of a little extra pep talk from defensive coordinator Gus Bradley?
“No, nothing more than usual,” Bradley said. “He’s only played a couple games in this league, so you’re always talking to him and preparing him for different looks that he could see. It’s a learning process.”
That has been the book on Curry since the rookie linebacker arrived: He’s not only a quick learner; he rarely makes the same mistake twice.
“Aaron had a good day,” Bradley said. “We saw some things that needed to be corrected, showed them to him on film, got the corrections made and he picked it up really quick. We know we’re going to have some ups and downs. But fortunately, so far it has been more ups.”
Left cornerback. That’s where Marcus Trufant is supposed to be playing, but the Pro Bowl corner remains on the physically unable to perform list because of the bulging disc in his back that forced him to miss all of training camp and the preseason. That’s where Josh Wilson had been playing, but he got a high ankle sprain in last week’s loss to the 49ers in San Francisco.
So that’s where Kelly Jennings will be playing Sunday when the Seahawks face the Chicago Bears at Qwest Field.
Jennings, a first-round draft choice in 2006, was the starter at right corner in 2007 and for the first six games last season. Then, he lost his confidence and eventually his starting spot – to Wilson.
Bradley wasn’t around for that and – more importantly – he hasn’t seen any residual effects.
“All I know about Kelly Jennings is, last year he started off good and then he went through a little bit of a tough time,” Bradley said. “I have not seen that tough time. Ever since we’ve been here, he’s been outstanding.”
Bradley rewarded Jennings’ renewed approach by singling him out in the defensive meeting this morning.
“Yesterday, he had a great practice,” Bradley said. “He’s very focused and detailed. He’s playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
The official report, as released by the team:
- LB Leroy Hill (groin)
- OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
- CB Josh Wilson (ankle)
Did not practice
- FB Justin Griffith (knee)
- QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib)
- MLB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring)
Limited in practice
- CB Ken Lucas (groin)
- DT Brandon Mebane (calf)
- WR Deion Branch (hamstring)
- CB Travis Fisher (hamstring)
- WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (back)
- OT Walter Jones (knee)
- C Chris Spencer (quadriceps)
Houshmandzadeh was back after sitting out Wednesday, while Mebane practiced for the first time since straining a calf muscle in practice last Wednesday.
As for the sidelined or limited starters, Brandon Frye and Walter Jones continued to work at left tackle for Locklear; Will Herring remains at weak-side linebacker for Hill; Jennings is at left corner for Wilson; Travis Fisher took the snaps at right corner that Lucas didn’t; Seneca Wallace got all the reps with the No. 1 offense for Hasselbeck; Owen Schmitt stepped in for Griffith; and Craig Terrill continues to replace Mebane.
STAT DU JOUR
The Seahawks lead the league in third-down defense, having allowed their first two opponents to convert seven times in 27 third-down situations. That’s a conversion percentage of .259, and next-best is the Denver Broncos at .276 (8 of 29). The only other team under 30 percent is the 49ers (.286, 8 of 28).
YOU DON’T SAY
“Every day. Every time I talk to the media.” – Bears QB Jay Cutler, when asked how often he is reminded of the team’s quarterback legacy