A recap of the day’s activities:
Lofa Tatupu. Don’t look now, but the team’s three-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker might not miss the rest of the season, despite an announcement to the contrary Sunday after the Seahawks’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Tatupu does have a damaged left pectoral muscle, but a magnetic resonance imaging test done this morning revealed that the muscle and tendons might not be completely detached from the bone.
“After further review and further imaging, we’re not certain yet that Lofa’s done,” coach Jim Mora said this afternoon at the start of his weekly day-after Q&A session.
The plan is to do a MRI on his other shoulder and compare it with the test on the damaged shoulder.
“So we’ll keep our fingers crossed there,” said Mora, who added that he will know more about Tatupu’s status in the next couple of days after he has the second test.
“It was pretty grim yesterday,” Mora said. “But we got good news this morning. Sometimes it goes the other way. So it was nice to have the good news.”
If the second test shows that the muscle can be rehabbed, Tatupu would not need season-ending surgery.
Tatupu was injured making a tackle late in the first half of the 27-3 loss to the Cardinals. He was replaced by second-year linebacker David Hawthorne, who will remain the starter as long as Tatupu is out.
THE BYE WEEK
The players will practice Tuesday and Wednesday, before getting an extended weekend off during their bye week.
Cornerback Marcus Trufant, linebacker Leroy Hill and left guard Rob Sims are scheduled to participate. Trufant has been on the physically unable to perform list since training camp opened. His three-week window to begin practicing starts Tuesday. Trufant can be activated at any time during that span. Hill has been out since tearing a groin muscle in the season opener. Sims has missed the past two games with a sprained ankle.
Mora is hopeful that all three can return for the Nov. 1 game against the Cowboys in Dallas.
The team will spend its two practices this week focusing on getting better at executing in all phases of the game.
“We’re trying to everyday come in here with the purpose of getting better,” he said. “As individuals, and as offensive and defensive units, special teams and as a football team.”
Left tackle. There is no miracle cure for the most pivotal position on the offensive line, where Kyle Williams started against the Cardinals after spending most of the season on the practice squad.
Mora can’t say when Walter Jones (knee) or Sean Locklear (ankle) might be able to return, or how long it might take recently signed Damion McIntosh to get up to speed in the offense and in football shape after practicing with the team for the first time last Wednesday.
“We’ll just keep searching for answers, keep trying to get the guys we’ve got playing better,” Mora said. “We’re certainly not going to give up, and we’re not going to throw our hands in the air and say, ‘Oh well, it is what it is.’
“You don’t do that when you’re competitors. You just keep searching, you keep working, you keep pushing through it, you keep demanding excellence. That’s all you can do, really. You certainly don’t hide in a hole.”
Defensive end Patrick Kerney aggravated a strained groin and cornerback Kelly Jennings injured his hip and ribs against the Cardinals. But Mora said each should be available for the post-bye game against the Cowboys.
“Neither of them was as bad as we feared,” Mora said. “We’re getting healthier, and this bye week will help us tremendously.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“You’re never out of it unless you accept the fact that you’re out of it.” – Mora, on being 2-4 and looking at a schedule that includes four road trips in the next five games