A recap of the day’s activities:
Lawyer Milloy. In his first 13 NFL seasons, the former University of Washington safety won a Super Bowl and was voted to four Pro Bowls (while with the Patriots). He also started 196 games and collected triple-digit tackles 11 times (with the Patriots, Bills and Falcons).
Since signing with the Seahawks in September, Milloy has added another item to his resume: Special teams stalwart.
“He’s a pretty well-acclaimed player, and he’s come in here and been really good on special teams and accepted that role and tried to excel at it,” coach Jim Mora said. “I think it’s really a testament to the type of man he is. It’s kind of been overlooked – which you would expect it to be – but I think the players notice it, the coaches notice it and we all appreciate the way he has played.”
The goal remains trying to get Milloy more involved on defense. Against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Seahawks used one package where Milloy was at free safety with starter Jordan Babineaux stepping up to cover one of the slot receivers.
“Lawyer Milloy plays the game the way the game is supposed to be played,” Mora said. “He plays hard, physical; he’s tough, he’s passionate and he takes it very seriously.
“We’re always trying to get guys like that on the field and create roles for them. We were able to do that last week. … That’s something we’ll continue to do, and it might be playing more in run downs, as well. We want him to continue to have an impact.”
Offensive line. Justin Forsett got a lot of attention after running for 123 yards against the Cardinals. So did Louis Rankin, the former UW back who got his first carries for the Seahawks after leading rusher Julius Jones went out in the first quarter with a bruised lung.
But offensive coordinator Greg Knapp would like to expand the credit – to include the offensive line. With the return of left tackle Sean Locklear after missing six games with a high ankle sprain, the Seahawks had all five starters on the field together for the first time since Week 2. The rest of the unit was – from left guard to right tackle – Rob Sims, Chris Spencer, Max Unger and Ray Willis.
“We’re talking about the running back here a lot,” Knapp said to the reporters gathered around him after practice. “But let’s go back to the fact that was the first week that the starting five that practiced throughout training camp played together since Week 2.
“And they did a tremendous job for us. They created big lanes for us. It goes back to, ‘All right, same five guys that practiced all training camp together finally got to play again since six, seven weeks ago.’ That was the biggest help that happened.”
It will need to continue Sunday, when the Seahawks run into a Minnesota Vikings’ fifth-ranked rushing defense.
The official report, as released by the team:
- RB Julius Jones (chest)
DID NOT PRACTICE
- DT Craig Terrill (shoulder)
- CB Marcus Trufant (concussion)
- CB Josh Wilson (concussion)
- C Chris Spencer (thumb)
With Trufant and Wilson out, Kelly Jennings and Ken Lucas worked at the corners with the No. 1 defense and Babineaux also got some snaps.
For the Vikings, DT Fred Evans (illness) did not practice and five players were limited – QB Brett Favre (groin/hip), CB Antoine Winfield (foot), WR Bernard Berrian (hamstring), CB Benny Sapp (groin) and FB Naufahu Tahi (ankle).
STAT DU JOUR
The Vikings have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 32 games, the longest streak in the NFL. The last back to hit triple digits against them was the Packers’ Ryan Grant on Nov. 11, 2007.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We’re getting ready to play a very, very good football team in Minnesota. When you watch them offensively, defensively, special teams, you don’t see holes. You see just a team that is solid at every position. They’re big, they’re physical, they’re fast, they’re sound fundamentally. It will be a heck of a challenge for us, and I think we’ll be excited about the challenge.” – Mora