Thursday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Wrotto

Mansfield Wrotto. The latest injury-induced incarnation of the Seahawks’ offensive line will feature Wrotto stepping in at left guard for Rob Sims, who got a high ankle sprain in last week’s loss to the Colts in Indianapolis.

Unlike left tackle Brandon Frye, who was in his third week with the team when he made his first NFL start, and rookie right guard Max Unger, Wrotto has been here before. He started the final four games last season at right guard.

Different side, but similar responsibilities – and a lot less anxiety.

“The more experience you get, the more comfortable you are,” Wrotto said after practice. “Every game, I’m more comfortable at my position.”

Wrotto also had to step in two weeks ago, when Sims strained an oblique. Sunday, Wrotto played the entire second half after Sims sprained his ankle.

“I did get nervous when I first had to play,” Wrotto said. “But I’m not really nervous anymore. That has disappeared. The game is a lot slower now. I’m picking things up a lot faster.

“That’s the good thing about experience. Starting the last four games last year really helped me out a lot.”

A fourth-round draft choice in 2007, Wrotto was inactive for 15 of the 16 games his rookie season. He also was inactive for seven of the first 10 games last season, before injuries pushed him into the starting lineup.

So the O-line for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qwest Field will be – from left tackle to right – Frye, Wrotto, Chris Spencer, Unger and Ray Willis. Only Spencer was included in the starting unit line coach Mike Solari thought he would have this season.

“This O-line is used to it, guys coming in and stepping up,” Wrotto said. “It’s just one of those things where you’ve got to know what the guy next to you is going to do.”

Regardless of whom that guy might be.

HASSELBECK BACK AT IT

Matt Hasselbeck not only practiced for the second day in a row, the team’s three-time Pro Bowl quarterback looked better than he did on Wednesday in his first action since fracturing a rib during the Week 2 loss to the 49ers.

“Matt did look good today. He’s been looking good the last couple days,” wide receiver Nate Burleson said. “He was getting that ball out there, zipping it around.”

But Hasselbeck’s contributions go beyond the physical.

“He’s got a little fire in his eyes when he’s in the huddle calling the plays,” Burleson said. “That gets us going. I can tell there’s a drive inside him, there’s an excitement inside him to get out there on the field. That’s good.”

JACKSON TO START

Lawrence Jackson, last year’s first-round draft choice, has moved into the starting lineup at left defensive end. Jackson actually started last week, but the explanation was that Cory Redding was going to be needed to play tackle in the nickel line because the Colts throw the ball so much.

But today, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said that Jackson’s performance in the first four games elevated him into the starting unit. Jackson leads the team with three sacks.

“Lawrence is our left end right now,” Bradley said. “Everybody plays a lot, so Cory will still play quite a bit. But Lawrence has earned this. We challenged him. We said we need to see it game in and game out, and he has put a couple good games together. So he has earned that opportunity.”

INJURY REPORT

The official report, as released by the team:

OUT

  • LB Leroy Hill (groin)
  • OT Walter Jones (k nee)
  • OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
  • OG Rob Sims (ankle)

DID NOT PRACTICE

  • DE Patrick Kerney (groin)

LIMITED IN PRACTICE

  • QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib)
  • MLB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring)

FULL PARTICIPATION

  • FB Justin Griffith (knee)
  • CB Josh Wilson (ankle)

Wilson participated in every phase of practice for the second consecutive day and appears ready to return to the lineup for the first time since spraining his ankle against the 49ers.

Hill, meanwhile, was doing resistance training on a side field with assistant trainer Donald Rich. Hill is not expected back until after the Week 7 bye, but his workout today was a needed step in that direction.

YOU DON’T SAY

“You can’t color outside the lines when you’re playing Peyton Manning. This is the reason he’s going to be in the Hall of Fame. This is why he’s a great quarterback. Because he makes you pay for every little mistakes you make.” – Wilson, who had to watch Sunday’s game against the Colts from the sideline


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