A recap of the day’s activities:
Brandon Mebane. On a day when the major topic remained the injured players who definitely won’t, and likely won’t, play in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, there was one large piece of good news: The 301-pound Mebane looks ready to return after sitting out last week’s game against the 49ers.
Mebane was back at the three-technique tackle spot with the No. 1 defensive line in practice for the first time since straining a calf muscle in practice 10 days ago.
“It felt good,” Mebane said. “I feel real fresh.”
Mebane is listed as questionable on the official injury report, which means there is a 50 percent chance that he will play against the Bears at Qwest Field. He stayed out after practice to work on his “push” because the team practiced without pads.
“He looked good,” coach Jim Mora said. “We just want to see him push on some people – some big guys – like it’s going to be in the game.
“We want to see how he is when he’s taking on 640 pounds (two offensive linemen), because that’s what he has to do quite a bit. So we want to see how he holds up, and then we’ll decide.”
The official end-of-the-week report, with status, as released by the team:
- LB Leroy Hill (groin)
- OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
- CB Josh Wilson (ankle)
- FB Justin Griffith (knee)
- QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib)
- MLB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring)
- OT Walter Jones (knee)
- CB Ken Lucas (groin)
- DT Brandon Mebane (calf)
- WR Deion Branch (hamstring)
- CB Travis Fisher (hamstring)
- WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (back)
- C Chris Spencer (quadriceps)
The Seahawks will be without Hill, Locklear and Wilson, and it sounds like Hasselbeck, Tatupu and Griffith won’t play against the Bears, either.
Mora on Hasselbeck, who got a fractured rib in last week’s game against the 49ers: “I would say that it’s extremely unlikely that Matt will play.”
That means Seneca Wallace will start, and he has taken all the reps in practice this week with the No. 1 offense.
Mora on Tatupu: “I don’t think that we’ll see much of Lofa on Sunday.”
That means the starter will be David Hawthorne, who took over against the 49ers in the first quarter when it became apparent that Tatupu could not play because of the hamstring he strained in the opener against the Rams.
It also doesn’t sound like Jones will play. He has practiced this week, but he also was sidelined for most of training camp and the entire preseason because of back spasms and a cleanout procedure on his surgically repaired left knee.
“We’ll see, but once again, he hasn’t played in a long time,” Mora said. “He’s coming off a pretty significant injury. So we have to judge his health and where he is conditioning-wise and all those things, and make the right decision for this team—for not only this game, but for future games, and for Big Walt himself. So we’ll make sure that we do that.”
With Jones’ situation and Locklear definitely out, Brandon Frye could get his first NFL start at left tackle.
For the Bears, LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee) is out; TE Desmond Clark (rib) is doubtful; DE Alex Brown (ankle) is questionable; and DT Israel Idonije (knee), DT Tommie Harris (knee) and OG Frank Omiyale (ankle) are probable.
Qwest Field will be even more Earth friendly for Sunday’s game. The team is adding 200 recycling containers through the concourses – upping the total to 500.
The team also is becoming more proactive in food waste composting, with 114 containers inside the suites and throughout the stadium. Fans are asked to leave drink and food trays, napkins and leftover food in the seating area so staff can sort the items and minimize contamination.
Qwest Field was named the top event recycler by the Washington State Recycling Association in 2008, when 34.4 percent of more than 853 tons of waste material was recycled.
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“Right now, what I’m hoping is that we can suit up 45 guys, quite frankly. Right now, we’re kind of at 44. We’re looking for 45. But whatever it is, if it’s 44 or 45, we’ll go. If it’s 43, we’ll go. If it’s 42, we’ll go. As long as there are 11 out there on every play, we’re good.” – Mora, on the injury situation