A recap of the day’s activities:
Edgerrin James. The veteran running back is returning to the scene of his prime this week, but don’t expect James to get nostalgic about the Seahawks’ game against the Colts in Indianapolis on Sunday.
Sure, James played his first seven NFL seasons in Indy, where he averaged 1,318 rushing yards, 51 receptions and almost 11 touchdowns. But just as sure, the Colts no longer play in the RCA Dome and James last played for them in 2005.
“Nah,” James said after practice when asked if there were any lingering hard feelings about the Colts not trying to re-sign him when he became an unrestricted free agent – a move that led James to play the past three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
“If you understand business and the life of an NFL player, not once did I have any bitterness. You just understand in the NFL, it’s a business. Anybody that doesn’t realize it’s a business, they’re kind of fooling themselves.”
James stays in contact with his ex-teammates, and not just this week because his current team is playing his former team.
“I talk to them all the time, I always talk to them,” he said.
Asked about what kind of reaction he might get from the fans as he runs out of the tunnel, James offered, “I’m not a starter. It’s not even that big a deal. Here, my role is different.”
Middle linebacker. With Lofa Tatupu ready to return from missing the past seven quarters with a strained hamstring, where does that leave David Hawthorne? All the backup to the team’s Pro Bowl middle man did last week was collect 16 tackles in his first NFL start.
For now, Hawthorne returns to his duties on special teams.
“When a guy goes out and he plays well in a game like David did, it transfers to special teams,” coach Jim Mora said. “You’ll see him be a more impactful special teams player as well.”
Asked if there was a way to get Hawthorne on the field on defense, Mora said, “You try. It’s not easy to do. Because really, right now – at this point in his career and his development –he’s a ‘Mike’ linebacker. But we’re always trying to expand his role so that you can get good football players on the field.
“That’s what you try to do. But right now, the most important thing for him is just to be a really solid ‘Mike’ linebacker, and then as he matures in this league, maybe we can move him to other positions, as his knowledge base increases.”
The official report, as released by the team:
- LB Leroy Hill (groin)
- OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
DID NOT PRACTICE
- FB Justin Griffith (knee)
- QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib)
- OT Walter Jones (knee)
- OG Rob Sims (oblique)
LIMITED IN PRACTICE
- OT Brandon Frye (groin)
- CB Ken Lucas (groin)
- MLB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring)
- CB Josh Wilson (ankle)
- FS Jordan Babineaux (shoulder)
Babineaux’s ability to participate in all phases of practice was a good sign as the Seahawks prepare to take on Colts QB Peyton Manning and the league’s top-ranked passing game. Another positive was Frye’s return to practice, even if it was on a very limited basis, after sitting out Wednesday.
Hill was doing some jogging on the side, while Hasselbeck was displaying more range of motion with his left arm as he watched practice.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We need a game where we’re not going to give the ball up at all, against this team especially. That’s the No. 1 stat for us.” – offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, on the importance of not turning the ball over against the Colts after losing two fumbles and throwing four interceptions in the first three games