A recap of the day’s activities:
Justin Forsett. The team’s second-leading rusher strained a quadriceps during a drill and sat out the rest of practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field.
“It’s just a little tweak in my quad and I don’t see it keeping me out,” Forsett said.
Still, it was a bit unsettling, because Forsett ran for a career-high 130 yards in last week’s win over the Rams in St. Louis – when leading rusher Julius Jones missed his second consecutive game because of a bruised lung.
But Jones has practiced all week and will play against the 49ers, coach Jim Mora said. Who starts will depend on how Jones feels, as well as Forsett’s status.
“It was a little scary at first,” Forsett said. “But it’s not too bad.”
So Jones’ return for the first time since being injured in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10 could be timely for several reasons.
“Julius practiced very well this week,” Mora said. “He looked very good today. He looks like he’s really geared up and ready to go. Now we’ll see how his conditioning is. That will be a factor.
“If Justin can play, and as long as we’re running the football, they’ll both get a lot of carries.”
The official end-of-the-week report, as released by the team:
LB D.D. Lewis (knee)
DL Cory Redding (concussion)
RB Justin Forsett (thigh)
DE Lawrence Jackson (groin)
RB Julius Jones (chest)
C Chris Spencer (thumb)
Jackson returned after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday and took part in all phases of practice, while Jones continued to get the starter reps.
On Redding and Lewis, who have not practiced this week, Mora said, “Unless they make a miraculous recovery here in the next 36 hours or so, they probably won’t play.”
For the 49ers, CB Nate Clements (shoulder) is out, while DT Kentwan Balmer (shoulder) and OT Joe Staley (knee) are doubtful. Three players are listed as questionable – WR Isaac Bruce (ankle), CB Marcus Hudson (back) and LB Takeo Spikes. Bruce did not practice today, Spikes was limited and Hudson took part in all drills.
AT A LOSS
The Seahawks have lost seven games, but in their first matchup with the 49ers they lost more than the game. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was lost for two games with a fractured rib. Left tackle Sean Locklear went down with a high ankle sprained that sidelined him for six games. Cornerback Josh Wilson also got a high ankle sprain and missed two games.
Are some losses more difficult than others?
“Well, they’re all awful,” Mora said. “We’re in this business to win and we work very hard to win and we’re trying to build a winning culture – build it back up, because it has been a winning culture. They all just suck.”
Yes, Max Unger enjoyed Oregon’s high-scoring victory over Oregon State on Thursday night – if not the location he had to watch most of the Civil War game that decided the Pac-10 championship and conference’s representative in the Rose Bowl.
“For some reason, ESPN just cut out at my house,” said Unger, a rookie guard. “So we had to run down to this bar near my house. It’s all Husky fans, all cheering for OSU. So it’s me, Nick (Reed, rookie defensive end) and my girlfriend. It was like, ‘Oh noooo.’
“But we won, so it was awesome.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“Obviously he has a lot of power and speed. He definitely is going to be a force to be reckoned with. He’s a good linebacker, a solid guy, smart guy. He just continues to make progress. When you see the ball, nine times out of 10, you’re going to see him. That’s a good sign for a linebacker.” – Mike Singletary, the 49ers coach and Hall of Fame linebacker, on Seahawks rookie linebacker Aaron Curry