A recap of the day’s activities:
Leading rushers. Julius Jones leads the Seahawks in rushing, while Steve Jackson leads the NFL in rushing. But each is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, and it’s likely that their status will be game-day decisions.
That was the word from Seahawks coach Jim Mora and his counterpart with the Rams, Steve Spagnuolo.
Jackson did not practice for the third consecutive day because of back spasms.
“I trust Steven and what he can tell me,” Spagnuolo told reporters in St. Louis. “The competitive juices come out. But I think he’s been in the league long enough that he knows he doesn’t want to hurt the team, yet he wants to be out there to help the team.”
Jones, meanwhile, has practiced the past two days, but on a limited basis. So what seemed to be a give earlier in the week – that Jones would return after sitting out last week with a bruised lung – is now questionable.
“There are some things that look good, and there are some questions we have,” coach Jim Mora said after practice. “So with two more days of rest we’ll have a better feel.”
Jones continues to have pain from what he labels “a pretty brutal injury” that occurred in the loss to the Cardinals in Arizona two weeks ago.
“He’s healed, but that was quite a ferocious blow he took,” Mora said. “I think it’s just still sore from it.”
If Jones can play, he will start, Mora said.
The official end-of-the-week status report, as released by the team:
DT Red Bryant (knee)
RB Julius Jones (chest)
SS Deon Grant (wrist)
DT Cory Redding (knee)
C Chris Spencer (thumb)
DT Craig Terrill (shoulder)
Like Jones, Bryant and Redding were limited in practice. But Mora said Jones’ status will be the only game-day decision.
“They’re both OK, to the extent that a defensive lineman is OK in this league after 10 games,” Mora said of Bryant and Redding. “They’re OK, and they’re fighting through nicks just like everybody else.”
Spencer and Grant will wear casts to protect their right thumb and left wrist, respectively. So Spencer will continue to snap the ball left-handed, as he has done in the past two games.
For the Rams, QB Marc Bulger (knee) is out. OT Jason Smith (concussion) is listed as doubtful, but Spagnuolo said Smith will not play. In addition to Jackson, FB Mike Karney (neck) and OG Richie Incognito (foot) also are questionable.
WEIGHT JUST A MINUTE
Mora gave the players Thursday afternoon off so they could spend Thanksgiving Day with their families and friends. But they also had a weigh-in today – at 6:15 a.m.
“Everybody weighed in pretty well – which they thought was cruel and unusual punishment the day after Thanksgiving, to have a weigh-in,” Mora said.
APPLE CUP COLLISION
Marcus Trufant knew this day was coming since the day his kid brother, Desmond, signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Washington. That day is tomorrow, when Trufant’s alma mater, Washington State, plays the Huskies in the Apple Cup.
“I’ve always been a big supporter of my brothers, and that’s how it’s always going to be,” Trufant said. “But I’m a Coug at heart. But I love fam, so we’ll be rooting for my brother.”
When his brother is on the field, that is. “I’m still a Coug, you know how it is,” Trufant said. “I wish little brother the best, but I’m still a Coug at heart and that’s how I’m going to look at the game. It’s going to be a little weird for me, but it’s going to be a good game either way.”
The third Trufant brother, Isaiah, is playing for the Las Vegas Locomotives in the UFL. The league championship game is today.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I think if you let it become an issue, it becomes an issue. But we’re not going to let it become an issue. It is what it is. When the schedule came out, we recognized it but we didn’t dwell on it. … We can’t think about it being the third game on the road and the long travel and all that. That’s not something we talk about.” – Mora, on the team playing its third consecutive game on the road