A recap of the day’s activities:
The offensive line. Specifically, center and right guard, because that’s where Max Unger and Chris Spencer have switched roles this week.
Unger will start at center in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Qwest Field, with Spencer sliding to right guard – where Unger had started the first 13 games.
“Just off of three days practice, and it’s not a game, Max and Spence have both really done a nice job with the switch,” coach Jim Mora said after another outdoor practice. “Kind of like I thought they would. Great attitude. Really good work ethic. Chris has been helping Max with some of the calls.
“Hopefully, it goes well Sunday. I think it will.”
While switching positions this late in the season is not ideal – especially for a rookie who is taking on the extra duties involved with playing center – Unger has made the best of it.
“It’s a lot of stuff to do and get used to in a week,” he said. “But I got more comfortable each day. Now it’s just a matter of going out and doing it in the game.”
Spencer, a first-round draft choice in 2005 who has started 51 games at center the past four seasons, spoke with reporters after practice for the first time since Mora announced the switch Wednesday.
“For a new guy to go to center at this point in the season, I feel like as a leader on this team I’ve put it on my shoulders to help out with call and stuff like that,” he said.
No breaking-the-huddle collisions to this point, with Spencer trying to go to center and Unger to guard?
“No,” Spencer said with a laugh. “Not yet, at least.”
Mora also said that Spencer would split time at right guard with Mike Gibson, who has been inactive the past seven games after he was signed off the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad. The plan is for Spencer to play the first quarter and Gibson the second quarter – heavy emphasis on plan.
“But, we’re going to be very flexible with that,” Mora said. “If we go out and it’s going real, real well, I don’t know that we’ll make that adjustment. So we’ll see.”
The official end-of-the-week status report, as released by the team:
WR Nate Burleson (knee)
LB D.D. Lewis (knee)
LB Aaron Curry (hip)
With Burleson out, Deion Branch will start at split end and Justin Forsett will return punts. Lewis’ status will be reevaluated Saturday, Mora said.
Then there’s Curry, the bionic ‘backer. A hip injury that appeared to be very serious in Houston last week has not prevented Curry from practicing the past two days.
“When they indicated that it was muscle – soft tissue – more than bone, our training staff was pretty confident that by the end of the week that he’d probably be ready to go,” Mora said. “And he is. That’s a good thing for us.”
In Tampa, TE Kellen Winslow (knee) did not practice today and his listed as questionable. Winslow practiced Thursday. Two players are out for the Bucs: WR Michael Clayton (knee) and TE John Gilmore (head). Also questionable, despite participating in every phase of practice today: LB Geno Hayes (hamstring), CB Derrick Roberson (groin) and WR Sammie Stroughter (back).
Running back. The weekly venture into how Mora plans to use Julius Jones and Forsett produced a difference initial answer, as well as the usual disclaimer: They will split series, and Jones also will get some plays on third downs – which had been Forsett’s primary role.
“Just like as always, if someone gets real hot we’ll go that way,” Mora said.
Jones leads the team with 498 rushing yards, but Forsett has 420 and also 36 receptions (10 more than Jones).
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“This game has to be about us, and getting back on track. We were making some improvements and we had a tough outing last week. Regardless of who we’re playing this week, really it’s more about the Seattle Seahawks football team getting back on track, and to continue making strides that we were making, and show improvement, and get a win at home in front of our fans. … Those are all things that are important to us.” – Mora, on facing a 1-12 Bucs team