A recap of the day’s activities:
Leroy Hill. A big priority in Sunday’s season finale against the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field will be trying to stop Chris Johnson’s quest to reach 2,000 rushing yards for the season. So having Hill back on the practice field today was a large step in the right direction for the Seahawks.
The team’s strong-side linebacker did not practice on Wednesday after waking up with a swollen knee. But today, Hill was able to participate in every phase of practice.
“That’s the motto – ‘Not in our house,’ ” Hill said when asked about Johnson’s quest for 2K. “He has been ripping the league all year. We’re going to do our best to stop him, obviously.”
Johnson needs 128 yards to become the sixth player in NFL history to run for 2,000 in a season, and he has averaged 124.8 yards in the Titans’ first 15 games for his league-leading total of 1,872.
“We don’t want any back to get 100 yards on us, so 128 that’s over our limit,” Hill said. “I’m pretty sure they’re going to try to get it for him. If they’ve got to give 40, 50 carries, why not? They’re not playing for the playoffs so as a team goal it would be good to have a back at 2,000.”
The official report, as released by the team:
WR Nate Burleson (ankle)
DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Aaron Curry (shoulder)
RB Julius Jones (rib)
CB Josh Wilson (hip)
LB Leroy Hill (knee)
As they did on Wednesday, Will Herring worked at strong-side LB for Curry, Justin Forsett took the starter reps at running back for Jones and Kelly Jennings filled in for Wilson.
In Tennessee, the Titans placed LB Keith Bulluck (knee) and CB Nick Harper (forearm) on injured reserve. The same four players who missed practice on Wednesday also sat out today – DT Tony Brown (knee/quad), C Kevin Mawae (elbow), CB Ryan Mouton (ankle) and OT Troy Kropog (calf).
THE EIGHTH MAN
Tight end Jason Pociask has been signed to fill the eighth and final spot on the practice squad. Pociask (6-3, 259) was a sixth-round draft choice by the New York Jets in 2006 and played in four games for them in 2007. He also has spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2008) and Carolina Panthers (2009).
YOU DON’T SAY
“You feel like you’re playing Oklahoma in the days past. There are 20-some option plays that they run and all the different counter options and dive options and lead option with Vince Young. So it’s a lot to prepare for.” – defensive coordinator Gus Bradley on dealing with everything Young and Johnson do in the Titans’ offense