A recap of the day’s activities:
Sean Locklear. He’s not only back, he’s back in the starting lineup for the first time since the Week 2 game against the 49ers in San Francisco.
Locklear will start at left tackle in Sunday’s couldn’t-be-any-bigger game against the NFC West-leading Cardinals in Arizona. In his absence, Brandon Frye, Kyle Williams and Damion McIntosh have started at the pivotal position.
“Sean has looked good this week,” coach Jim Mora said after practice.
Locklear also practiced last week, but did not play against the Detroit Lions. The difference this week?
“Sean had to make it through practice and show no ill effects, be able to come back the next day and not be sore,” Mora said.
Locklear’s practice reps increased in each of the past three days.
When the Seahawks played the Cardinals in Week 6, the left side of the line was comprised of Kyle Williams at tackle and Steve Vallos at guard – each making his first start at those spots. Sunday, it will be Locklear and Rob Sims, the starting left-side combo until Locklear went down in Week 2 with a high ankle sprain.
“Sean and Rob have played next to each other quite a bit,” Mora said. “So once again, it’s just continuity, repetitions together. That will help us.”
Right cornerback. Josh Wilson will get the start, as Ken Lucas continues to come back from the neck stinger he got two weeks ago against the Cowboys in Dallas.
Wilson started last week against the Lions and returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown to ice the victory. How much Lucas plays, Mora said, will depend on how much three- and four-receiver sets the Cardinals use – which is usually a lot.
One of the big reasons Lucas was re-signed during the offseason was to give the Seahawks another big corner to play opposite Marcus Trufant against the Cardinals’ collection of large, physical receivers.
“We’re as healthy as you can expect at this time of the year back at that position,” Mora said. “And you certainly need that going against this group.”
The official end-of-the-week report, as released by the team:
- QB Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder)
- OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
- CB Ken Lucas (neck)
- C Chris Spencer (thumb)
That’s right, only four players on the list – and all are probable. For once, the injury news is coming from the opponent, as the Cardinals have two players listed as doubtful – LB Chike Okeafor (back), a former Seahawk; and LB Gerald Hayes (back). Neither practiced today. The Cardinals also list four players as questionable, and they were limited in practice – OT Mike Gandy (pelvis), WR Sean Morey (head), DE Kenny Iwebema (knee) and TE Ben Patrick (knee).
The Branch and Burleson Fan Appreciation Night is Monday, and will be hosted by – whom else? – wide receivers Deion Branch and Nate Burleson.
The annual event will begin at 6 p.m. at Bellevue’s Lucky Strike Lanes, 700 Bellevue Way NE. Five-man teams can register for the charity bowling event at firstname.lastname@example.org. There also will be a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia. Proceeds benefit youth in Seattle and Branch’s hometown of Albany, Ga.
YOU DON’T SAY
“This is a big game for us, it really is. It can turn the course of our season by winning this Sunday. Just confidence and, like you say, we’ll be one game out of first place.” – wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, during his weekly “Fridays with Housh” session with reporters