A recap of the day’s activities:
T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The team’s leading receiver didn’t get back into town until 5 a.m. after being excused from Tuesday’s practice to attend the funeral of former Cincinnati Bengals’ teammate Chris Henry in Louisiana.
But neither the delayed return nor the lag – jet, as well as emotional – prevented him from practicing today as the Seahawks continued to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Packers in Green Bay by practicing outside.
“T.J. was on the runway in Chicago last night when he called me, just to let me know where he was,” coach Jim Mora said. “He made the comment, ‘I’m really a pretty unemotional guy. But I was really affected today.’ ”
That comment didn’t surprise Mora, after seeing what Houshmandzadeh went through last week after Henry died on Thursday from injuries suffered when he fell from the back of pickup truck on Wednesday.
“I saw a guy last week who you could tell that it was affecting him,” Mora said. “But he’s a professional. When it was time to do the job that he’s paid to do, he did it.”
Houshmandzadeh was scheduled to be back in Seattle at 10 p.m. Tuesday. After finally getting in at 5 a.m., he grabbed a two-hour nap before heading to the team’s headquarters for meetings and practice.
“It’s been a long day. It’s been a long 24 hours,” Houshmandzadeh said. “But I thought it was a good ceremony.”
Houshmandzadeh caught seven passes in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and now has 72 for the season.
The official report, as released by the team
DID NOT PRACTICE
WR Nate Burleson (ankle)
LB Aaron Curry (stinger)
RB Julius Jones (rib)
LIMITED IN PRACTICE
WR Ben Obomanu (hamstring)
Burleson and Curry remain doubtful for Sunday’s game, Mora said. But Jones is expected to practice Thursday and play against the Packers. Obomanu’s status will be determined by how he comes through practice this week.
Deion Branch continued to replace Burleson in practice, as he did in Sunday’s game against the Bucs, while Will Herring subbed for Curry and Justin Forsett filled in for Jones.
For the Packers, four starters did not practice – LB Nick Barnett (knee), DE Johnny Jolly (knee), NT Ryan Pickett (hamstring) and CB Charles Woodson (shoulder). FS Nick Collins (calf) and DE Cullen Jenkins (quad) were limited.
The Packers’ last-second, one-point loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday night prompted coach Mike McCarthy to try something he has never done before.
“I addressed it with the football team in the locker room in Pittsburgh after the game – we need to move on to Seattle,” he said today during a telephone interview. “It was a hard one to swallow. We had a lot of opportunities to win that football game. We did not.
“But we actually moved on to Seattle Monday. The time we spent with our players after strength and conditioning, we corrected the film and spent some time on Monday introducing Seattle. And we usually don’t do that until Wednesday. I just felt it was important to get on to this game because of the important of this game for us to get to 10 wins.”
STAT DU JOUR
Matt Hasselbeck needs 73 passing yards in Green Bay to surpass Ring of Honor QB Dave Krieg for the most in franchise history. While Krieg passed for 26,132 yards from 1980-91, Hasselbeck has thrown for 26,060 since being acquired in a 2001 trade with the Packers.
Hasselbeck (2,259 for 3,739) already has passed Krieg (2,096 for 3,576) this season for the top spot on the team’s all-time list for completions and attempts.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We might want to get our retirement-motorcycle money back.” – Hasselbeck, when asked about former coach Mike Holmgren returning to the league as GM of the Cleveland Browns. The players presented Holmgren with a Harley Davidson last season before Holmgren’s final game with the team.