A recap of the day’s activities:
Ben Obomanu. Coach Jim Mora passed out game balls after practice for last week’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck got one – another one – for his courageous four-TD pass performance in his return after missing 2½ games with a fractured rib. Defensive end Darryl Tapp also got one for his disruptive and productive efforts in the 41-0 shutout.
The third one went to Obomanu for his special teams play, and it was the first for the backup wide receiver. Ever.
“I think there’s a real significance to it, especially when you don’t water it down,” Mora said. “We give away one on offense, one on defense and one on specials teams. I’ve been places before where we give three or four away and sometimes it waters it down.
“I think they feel good about. I know the players get excited for their teammates and it’s something you can put up in your home. And I’m sure the older you get the more they mean to you.”
He’ll get no argument from Obomanu, who had three coverage tackles and also returned the Jaguars’ only kickoff 25 yards.
“It is a big deal to get one,” Obomanu said. “All of us prepare for the opportunity to get a game ball. I know at the end of a win, especially after a big one like Jacksonville, everybody’s trying to figure out who the offensive, defensive and special teams player of the week are.”
Obomanu had some motivation – the game ball collection of fellow wide receiver Deion Branch.
“A big thing for me was going to Deion’s house and seeing Super Bowl game balls and balls from his rookie year all the way to now,” Obomanu said. “It’s a good thing to start your collection, so you can show your kids and pass it down to generations.”
“It’s a privilege and an honor just to go out and contribute, but everybody loves that special recognition. “
And where will his first game ball go? “It’s going above my fireplace,” he said.
There was actually a fourth game ball from last week’s victory, and it went to cornerback Ken Lucas in the locker room Sunday because he played the game after learning that his father had died on Friday.
“That was just an appreciation for what he’s going through and what he showed in sticking with us and going out and playing as he did on Sunday,” Mora said.
The funeral for Lucas’ father was today, and Lucas is scheduled to rejoin the team Saturday. Whether he starts against the Cardinals remains to be seen.
“We’re talking about that still,” Mora said. “Our corners had a good week of practice.”
Lucas has been working out while in Mississippi and also has the game plan and video to study.
“We have to decide,” Mora said. “We haven’t decided yet.”
The official end-of-the week report, as issued by the team:
LB Leroy Hill (groin)
OT Walter Jones (knee)
OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
OG Rob Sims (ankle)
S C.J. Wallace (hamstring)
WR Nate Burleson (back)
CB Travis Fisher (pelvis)
QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib)
DE Lawrence Jackson (rib)
DE Patrick Kerney (groin)
DE Cory Redding (shoulder)
OG Mansfield Wrotto (ankle)
Each of the players listed as probably participated fully in practice today.
Sims did not practice, but he did quite a bit of work – running on the side of the practice field. He is expected to return for the post-bye game against the Cowboys in Dallas.
YOU DON’T SAY
“You can try, but you can’t simulate what it’s going to sound like. At times, you can barely hear the play call in the huddle.” – Tim Hightower, the Cardinals leading rusher and receiver, on the team’s attempts to recreate the crowd noise at Qwest Field during practice this week