A recap of the day’s activities:
Marcus Trufant. When the Seahawks played the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals in Week 6, they did it without their Pro Bowl cornerback because Trufant still was on the physically unable to perform list.
But for Sunday’s rematch in Arizona, Trufant is not only back, he has played the past two games.
Asked to compare Trufant’s rocky return against the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago with his efforts in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, coach Jim Mora said, “Much better. Much better. It was a huge jump for him.”
Trufant was flagged for three pass interference penalties and beaten on a touchdown pass against the Cowboys, in his first game since the 2008 season finale against the Cardinals. Against the Lions, he intercepted a pass, had three solo tackles and looked much more comfortable in coverage.
“He’ll continue to get better as he continues to work,” Mora said. “He knocked a lot of the rust off in that first game. It was a tough outing for him, but he came back to work on Wednesday, had three good days of practice. Expect him to be better this week.”
The question now is how much Ken Lucas will be able to play this week.
The veteran corner was re-signed this offseason to give the Seahawks another big corner to counter the Cardinals’ pass-catching duo of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. Lucas, who played his first four seasons with the Seahawks, was limited to seven plays against the Lions after aggravating a neck stinger he got against the Cowboys.
The official report, as released by the team:
LIMITED IN PRACTICE
- QB Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder)
- CB Ken Lucas (neck)
- OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
That’s it, the team’s shortest injury report of the season. Hasselbeck took part in all phases of practice, but spilt the reps with backup Seneca Wallace to rest a tender right shoulder that he aggravated against the Lions.
“By the end of the week, we should have everybody available to us,” Mora said. “That’ll be two weeks in a row, so that’s a positive.”
For the Cardinals, five players did not practice: LB Gerald Hayes (back), OT Mike Gandy (pelvis), LB Chike Okeafor (back), WR Sean Morey (head) and DE Kenny Iwebema (knee). Two others were limited: WR Steve Breaston (knee) and TE Ben Patrick (knee). WR Anquan Boldin, who was inactive against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, practiced fully.
Left tackle. Locklear is splitting time in practice with Damion McIntosh for the second week after missing five games with a high ankle sprain. But McIntosh’s play the past two weeks is allowing the coaches to wait until Locklear is healthy before putting him back in the lineup.
“Yeah, I think to a certain extent it does,” Mora said when presented with that scenario. “We certainly don’t want to put Sean in a position to go out there and fail. We want to make sure that he’s ready to go before we put him out there, and having Damion play the way he is gives us a little leeway that we didn’t have earlier in the year. That’s a good thing for us.”
Locklear was active against the Lions but did not play.
Defensive lineman Derek Walker returned to the 53-man roster on Tuesday after an eight-week stay on the practice squad. Mike Jones, a former Arizona State wide receiver, was signed to practice squad. Jones (6-4, 212) signed with the Houston Texans after the draft in April, but was released in September.
Guard Brian De La Puente also was released from the practice squad.
Cardinals QB Kurt Warner is the NFC’s offensive player of the week after throwing five touchdown passes against the Bears. It’s the eighth time Warner has won the award – his fourth with the Cardinals and first since Week 2 last season.
Hasselbeck (329 passing yards on a club-record 39 completions) also was nominated for the honor. Middle linebacker David Hawthorne (two interceptions) was nominated on defense and kicker Olindo Mare (14 points) on special teams, but the awards went to Saints defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove (fumble return for a TD, forced fumble) and Buccaneers returner Clifton Smith (161 combined return yards).
STAT DU JOUR
With three interceptions, Hawthorne needs one more to tie the club record for a linebacker. Lofa Tatupu, the injured player Hawthorne is replacing, had four in 2007 – including three in one game.
YOU DON’T SAY
“He’s just an explosive, tenacious pass rusher. He plays with tremendous energy. He’s very disruptive inside. If you’re not really on it with your technique and your footwork and your hand placement, he can make you pay quickly, and he can make big plays up inside in a quick way. You need to really pay attention to where he is and take care of him.” – Mora on Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett