A recap of the day’s activities:
Justin Forsett. Monday, the backup running back got a game ball for putting up career-best numbers in Sunday’s victory over the Rams in St. Louis. Today, Forsett was nominated as the FedEx Ground Player of the Week.
Fans have until 9 a.m. Friday to vote for Forsett at NFL.com. The ballot is somewhat hidden under Promotions on the website, so you can use this link to cast your vote.
Forsett rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, with a long run of 26 yards, against the Rams. All were career highs for the second-year back from Cal. The other nominees for the weekly award are Tennessee’s Chris Johnson (154 yards and a TD against the Cardinals) and Buffalo’s Fred Jackson (73 yards and two TDs against the Dolphins).
Even more significant, of course, is what role Forsett will play in Sunday’s rematch with the 49ers at Qwest Field – and San Francisco’s fifth-ranked run defense.
Julius Jones remains the starter, coach Jim Mora said Monday. If, that is, he can play. Jones has missed the past two games and much of a third after bruising a lung while picking up a blitz against the Cardinals in Week 10.
Forsett stepped after Jones went out and rushed for 123 yards. The next week, Forsett had only 9 yards as the Minnesota Vikings held the Seahawks to a franchise-record 4 rushing yards. But he followed that with his big day against the Rams.
Jones continues to lead the team in rushing (392), but Forsett is just 7 yards behind – on 40 fewer carries.
“If he’s fully healthy, and he’s had a full week of practice, and everybody feels comfortable that he can bear the brunt of the workload that he would need to handle to be effective, then he would start,” Mora said of Jones.
“But that being said, Justin’s earned the right to carry the ball off of what he did at Arizona and what he did this week. So we’re going to make sure he gets touches. But if we can have two guys running the ball effectively, then that’s going to help us. What we need to do—regardless of who’s running the ball—is we need to run the ball, and run it well.”
TOYS FOR TOTS
The Seahawks annual drive to help collect items for the Toys for Tots program will take place at Sunday’s game. Fans are asked to donate new, unwrapped toys.
Representatives from the Marine Corps will be at Qwest Field to collect the donations, which will be distributed to needy children in the Seattle area.
STAT DU JOUR
Olindo Mare, who has tied the club record by hitting 16 consecutive field-goal attempts, needs two more to reach 300 for his career. He will become the 22nd kicker in NFL history to hit the double-century mark.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Did you ask him if he got that pumpkin pie I sent to his office? Maybe that’s why he’s talking so good about me.” – free safety Jordan Babineaux, when told that Mora had said nice things about him during his weekly day-after Q&A session with reporters