A recap of the day’s activities:
Walter Jones. Jim Mora was asked again today about the status of the team’s nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle. The Seahawks’ coach only wishes he had a definitive answer.
Jones is not practicing, and likely won’t start until after the Week 7 bye because of pain in his surgically repaired left knee. Is there a deadline for when Jones needs to return?
“Yeah, but it’s not firm,” Mora said. “We’re talking about a Hall of Famer, so there are a lot of factors that go into it. What’s best for the team? What kind of respect do you show Walter? If Walter can get back, then how long do we wait for him? What if we (put him on injured reserve) and then two weeks later he’s ready to go? Would you look back and just be sick about it?
“It’s a puzzle. We talk about it every day. We talk to Walter about it a lot, as well. We’re all on the same page. We’re just trying to make the right decision. Right now, the right decision as far as all of us are concerned – coaches, doctors, trainers and Walter – is to back off, see where it is in a couple of weeks and then reassess. So that’s what we’re going to do.”
Jones had microfracture surgery in December and then a cleanout procedure in August.
With Jones and tackle Sean Locklear (ankle) out, Brandon Frye will continue to start at left tackle and the team will make moves to insure having a backup to Frye and right tackle Ray Willis on game day. Last week, Kyle Williams was signed off the practice squad on Saturday – and he is now back on the practice squad.
Why not sign a veteran tackle? “I don’t know if there is anyone we can go get,” Mora said.
It’s not because the club hasn’t looked.
“It’s not always as cut and dried as you think,” Mora said. “’There’s this guy out there, why don’t you sign him?’ Well, we looked at that. We don’t ignore anything. We try to look at everything and make the best decision.”
For now, that decision is to wait on Jones, and wait for Locklear to return – likely after the bye.
“If there was a better solution, then we would,” Mora said. “This is the best solution we have and we’re going to make it work.”
The Seahawks are going to assist the victims of the Pacific Rim disaster by asking fans to make donations to the relieve effort at Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qwest Field or on the team’s website, Seahawks.com.
“There are bigger problems in the world than Matt Hasselbeck’s ribs, or Pat Kerney’s groin, or Leroy Hill’s groin, or Walter’s knee,” Mora said. “So I’d encourage anyone to just keep life in perspective. That’s some perspective right there.”
That last comment was directed at middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who will match the first $10,000 in donations. But Tatupu was hoping the magnanimous gesture would remain anonymous.
“Those are my people,” Tatupu said after practice. “But I’d rather not talk about it. I was hoping it wouldn’t get out.”
Mora acknowledged Tatupu’s generosity during his news conference, and a quote from him was included in the release issued by the team.
“My dad was born in America Samoa and I still have family there,” Tatupu said. “Every donation will help provide relief to those affected by the disaster.”
While the gesture is no longer anonymous, it’s magnanimous nonetheless.
The official report, as released by the team:
- LB Leroy Hill (groin)
- OT Walter Jones (knee)
- OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
- OG Rob Sims (ankle)
DID NOT PRACTICE
- DE Patrick Kerney (groin)
LIMITED IN PRACTICE
- FB Justin Griffith (knee)
- QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib)
- MLB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring)
- CB Josh Wilson (ankle)
The big news was that Hasselbeck practiced for the first time since having a rib fractured in the Week 2 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco, and looked pretty good doing it.
“It felt OK, probably better than I expected,” he said. “I don’t know how it looked, but it was manageable today.”
Whether Hasselbeck plays against the Jaguars will be determined by how he progresses during the week.
Wilson’s ability to take part in all phases of practice was a positive step in him returning for the first time since getting a high ankle sprained in the Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears.
A LITTLE Q&A
Q: Mark from Tacoma asks, “Are we going to see more action from John Carlson soon? It seems when he is in the game plan and gets the ball, we win. When he does not get the ball, we lose. Will we get more action from Carlson soon?
A: Count on it, Mark. After catching six passes in each of the first two games, Carlson has eight combined in the past two games. Why? The Bears and Colts are two of the best teams in the league at defending the tight end. They jam him off the line to disrupt his route and treat the tight end like a receiver, rather than a backburner option in the passing game. Also, Carlson has had to help out in pass protection the past two weeks with Brandon Frye taking over at left tackle. At times, he has chipped the defensive end before running his route. At times, he has held his ground longer to provide a true double-team block. But Carlson is at his best when allowed to work the middle of the field as a receiver.
YOU DON’T SAY
“The one thing I don’t want to become is the teacher in the Peanuts cartoons. So you have to be careful how much you say to them.” – Mora, on the possibility of talking to his player too much about the team’s 1-3 start and quest to reach .500 by the bye week