A recap of the day’s activities:
Everyone. As in, every player on the 53-man roster and eight-man practice squad participated in practice. It was a feel-good moment that did not escape coach Jim Mora.
“We had every Seattle Seahawk practice today, and I can tell you that it’s probably been over a year since that has happened,” he said. “So it is kind of a milestone day.
“Now what we need to do is turn that into productivity on Sunday.”
That’s when the Seahawks host the Detroit Lions at Qwest Field.
The players most in question all week have been tackle Sean Locklear, who has missed the past five games with a high ankle sprain; and wide receiver Ben Obomanu, who strained an oblique in last week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Locklear got some snaps at left tackle with the No. 1 line, and also worked there with the second unit. Obomanu, who sat out Wednesday and Thursday, participated in the individual drills and also on the scout team that works against the Seahawks defense.
Left tackle. What will Locklear’s role be Sunday? Emergency third tackle? Rotating with Damion McIntosh? Starter?
Stay tuned. Mora wanted to see how Locklear’s ankle responded after his most extensive practice-field stint since the Friday before the Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said Wednesday that it likely is asking too much to expect Locklear to start, and Mora seconded that notion on his radio show this morning.
But after practice, Mora offered, “We like what Damion McIntosh has done. It’s been a long time since Sean has played. It’s nice to have him available, though.”
Asked about Locklear subbing for McIntosh, Mora said, “I don’t think there’s a problem doing that. I think if he’s (active), and we can get him plays if he doesn’t start, that that’s going to help him down the road. Get him some game-time action, because there’s really nothing like that action in a game. It’s hard to duplicate in practice. So that would be something that would be good for us to do.”
It would similar to the tactic the coaches used last week with cornerback Marcus Trufant and linebacker Leroy Hill, who returned after lengthy layoffs. Hill started, but came off the field in the nickel; while Trufant did not start, but played extensively in the nickel.
McIntosh, of course, became the fourth starter at left tackle in last week’s game. Locklear was filling in for Walter Jones before getting injured. Then it was Brandon Frye, before a neck injury ended his season. Then it was Kyle Williams for one game.
The official end-of-the-week report, as released by the team:
WR Ben Obomanu (oblique)
FS Jordan Babineaux (hip)
QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib)
LB Will Herring (shoulder)
OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
CB Ken Lucas (neck)
For the Lions, WR Calvin Johnson (knee) and RB Kevin Smith (shoulder) are listed as questionable and they were limited in practice today.
A LITTLE Q&A
Q: Billy in Lynnwood asks, “Why don’t the Seahawks use Mike Teel if Matt Hasselbeck gets injured? He is a very good QB.”
A: The obvious answer is that Seneca Wallace is the backup and Teel is the No. 3 QB – which means he is inactive on game day. There’s more to it than that, however. It was Teel’s needs-developing talent that first attracted the Seahawks, as well as the way he handled the adversity of the team’s slow start at Rutgers last season. But Teel, a sixth-round draft choice, still is learning to play the game at this level. And he will be the first to tell you that the leap from college ball to the NFL is a quantum one. Part of the process is Teel staying after practice to work with offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and/or QB coach Bill Lazor, because the reps he does get in practice are running the scout team against the Seahawks defense.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We all feel an obligation to our fans. Not only do they pay good money to come out and support us, but just the fact that they do come out and support us is meaningful. We absolutely have an obligation to put a product on the field that they can be proud of, and that they can go to work on Monday and brag about. That’s one of our objectives.” – Mora, on the crowd at Qwest Field