Monday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Ken Lucas

Ken Lucas. A lot was made of the physical and mental toughness that Matt Hasselbeck displayed in Sunday’s game, when the team’s starting quarterback played for the first time since having a rib fractured in the Week 2 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco. And rightfully so.

But Lucas, a veteran cornerback who re-signed with the Seahawks during the offseason, also played through emotional pain after finding out Friday night that his father had passed away.

“It was not expected,” coach Jim Mora said today. “Kenny played through a heavy heart, and played very well. I can’t even imagine what that would be like, and don’t want to.”

Lucas contributed six tackles to the team’s 41-0 shutout of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

POSITION WATCH

Defensive end. With starting right end Patrick Kerney sidelined Sunday with a strained groin, Darryl Tapp and Nick Reed got more snaps against the Jaguars and made the most of the opportunities. Tapp had a sack among his four tackles and also registered four hits on Jags QB David Garrard. Reed had three tackles, a sack, two QB hits and returned a fumble 79 yards for a touchdown.

Kerney is scheduled to return for this week’s big game against the Arizona Cardinals at Qwest Field. So now what?

“Defensive line is the most physically demanding position on the field,” Mora said. “So if you can have eight defensive linemen that you can roll through there and get each of them 35-40 reps in a game, then they’re all going to stay fresh and they’re all going to stay effective.

“So really, it’s a great situation for us that we feel like we have guys that can go in and play and not see the level of play decline. So it’s a real positive, actually.”

At left end, they have used Lawrence Jackson and Cory Redding, while the tackle rotation includes starters Colin Cole and Brandon Mebane as well as Craig Terrill and Red Bryant. Redding also slides to tackle in the nickel defense.

Rookie lineman Michael Bennett, who was released Saturday, was claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

INJURY REPORT

Left tackle Brandon Frye was still getting tests on the “stinger” he received in the first quarter against the Jaguars, so Mora was unable to provide an update on the status of his neck/shoulder injury.

Safety C.J. Wallace could miss time after straining a hamstring against the Jaguars, Mora said.

But the other players who left the game Sunday were not serious. Cornerback Travis Fisher (hamstring), guard Mansfield Wrotto (ankle) and tackle Kyle Williams (knee) should be OK, Mora said.

Linebacker Leroy Hill, who has been out since the season opener after needing surgery to repair a torn groin, could see some practice time this week.

“He would not play in this game, but he might be able to get back on the practice field a little bit in a limited fashion,” Mora said.

YOU DON’T SAY

“Aaron Curry continues to improve. He’s a fun guy to watch. He plays the game the way you’re supposed to play it – with speed, with passion and with a level of violence that you notice on film. Yet, he’s clean. He’s not a dirty player. He’s just a violent, nasty player.” – Mora, on the team’s rookie linebacker and first-round draft choice


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