A recap of the day’s activities:
Lawyer Milloy. ’Tis the season to say nice things about the veteran safety.
Milloy signed with the Seahawks in September and has spent the season adjusting to a new role after being a starter for 13 NFL seasons with three different teams. He is playing special teams for the first time in his career and recently has been worked in special packages in the base and nickel defenses – a trend that will continue in Sunday’s game against the Packers in Green Bay.
“I have a lot of respect for anyone who has played more than 10 years, and especially the way he plays,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said this week when asked about Milloy. “He has been a head-hunter for his entire career. Just playing against him when he was in Atlanta last year, he is a very vocal guy, very smart, diagnoses plays very well.
“I have a lot of respect for a veteran player like that who has been in the league for a long time and played at a high level.”
Asked if he anticipated Milloy playing as much on defense when they signed him, coach Jim Mora said, “No, but you know, we’ve slowly developed a role for him beyond special teams, and he’s done a really nice job with it. He makes plays. He’s a real pro. And he’s come in here and he’s done a nice job for us. It’s good to see.”
But when Milloy was asked about his season, the former University of Washington standout paused for quite some time before finally offering, “When I signed my name on the dotted line, it wasn’t about Lawyer Milloy this year. You can’t call me selfish. As an older guy who has done it at the highest level, the plan was the come here with a good attitude and lead by example.”
It hasn’t been easy, however. The losing, and the standing and watching when he thought he could help.
“It’s been tough,” he said. “But luckily I’ve got a strong support system at home with my wife and kids. They kept me sane.”
As for his adjustment to playing special teams, he said, “If it wears another color, you go hit it. That’s Football 101. So that pretty much got me through the first half of the year.”
It also got him noticed for being a team-first player who is willing to do anything to help his team.
“Ultimately, it’s all about winning,” he said. “So for us to be having a subpar season, I don’t like that.”
The official report, as released by the team:
DID NOT PRACTICE
WR Nate Burleson (ankle)
LB Aaron Curry (stinger)
WR Ben Obomanu (hamstring)
RB Julius Jones (rib)
The club does not have to issue the end-of-the-week status report until Friday, but Mora gave a preview today. He said it is “very unlikely” that Burleson will play and gave Curry a “slim, slim” chance to play, even though the rookie linebacker was feeling better today after getting treatment.
Obomanu was held out of practice because his hamstring became tight after getting limited work on Wednesday. If Burleson and Obomanu cannot play, WR Mike Hass could be signed off the practice squad on Saturday, Mora said.
For the Packers, NT Ryan Pickett (hamstring) did not practice, but three starters who sat out Wednesday did practice today on a limited basis – LB Nick Barnett (knee), DE Johnny Jolly (knee) and CB Charles Woodson (shoulder). Also limited were FS Nick Collins (calf) and DE Cullen Jenkins (quad).
The team practiced outside for the second consecutive day to help prepare for playing at Lambeau Field.
“Being on the grass, it’s a little soggy like Lambeau will be,” Mora said. “Not quite as cold as it will be there. But at least it’s a little brisk. So I think it’s good for us. It brightens everybody up a little bit, too, to be out in the sun. Last Dec. 24 we were under about a foot of snow.”
Speaking of snow, the Sunday forecast for Green Bay calls for temperatures in the mid-20s with snow flurries.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has been practicing this week with gloves on, trying to decide if he should wear them in the game.
“It was one of those things where, you never know what it feels like unless you try,” he said. “So this week I tried it out. I doubt I’ll wear it. I doubt I’ll even wear sleeves. But you never know. You practice just to see.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“If I bit him, why wouldn’t he tell someone earlier to get it reviewed to get me fined? I know if somebody bit me, I wouldn’t just forget about it until next year. ” – Seahawks defensive end Darryl Tapp, on Rodgers telling reporters in Green Bay that Tapp bit him in last year’s game at Qwest Field