A recap of the day’s activities at Bing Training Camp:
Alvin Bowen and Tyjuan Hagler. You need to know these just-arrived linebackers because they will play a lot in Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field.
Hagler, a former starter for the Indianapolis Colts, was just signed Tuesday. Bowen, the more Seahawks-seasoned of the two, has been in camp since Saturday. Hagler is wearing No. 44; Bowen is No. 48.
The reason they’re here is the same reason they’ll play a lot against the Titans: Injuries.
Leroy Hill will not play after spraining a knee in practice Tuesday. Neither will rookie Joe Pawelek, who has been sidelined with a sore hamstring. Middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu also has a hamstring problem and is not expected to play. Matt McCoy was back in pads Thursday, but limited to individual drills the past two days.
That leaves a starting trio of strong-side ’backer Aaron Curry, who just returned after missing more than a week because of lingering headaches from a practice-field collision on the first day of camp; David Hawthorne, who has been replacing Tatupu in the middle; and Will Herring, who has been working on the weak side for Hawthorne.
So the No. 2 group in practice has consisted of Hagler in the middle with Bowen and rookie Dexter Davis outside. McCoy also could play Saturday night, coach Pete Carroll said.
“That’s why we brought a couple guys in this week to shore it up a little bit, and hopefully Hagler and (Bowen) will be able to do something for us,” Carroll said. “They’ve practiced quite a bit this week. They had a lot of turns, but they’re well behind.
“So it’s going to be a little hard; have to keep some things pretty simple for those guys so that they can line up and get after it like we want. It’s going to restrict us quite a bit game-plan wise, but still those guys are good football players and they’ve shown very well out here.”
Hagler (6-foot, 236 pounds) started seven games for the Colts last season before rupturing a biceps. He also started seven games in 2007, when he had a career-high 54 tackles. Bowen (6-1, 223) was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 draft by the Buffalo Bills and spent most of his rookie season on injured reserve. He was with the Washington Redskins last season, moving from the practice squad to the active roster in November.
ON THE FIELD
The players went through a 90-minute session that was part Friday practice/part Saturday practice – if this was the regular season – but all prep for Saturday night’s preseason opener.
Golden Tate. This has nothing to do with anything he did today, but everything to do with what he might do Saturday night.
The team’s second-round draft pick will get a lot of snaps at wide receiver and also return punts and perhaps even kickoffs against the Titans. He has turned in some of the more impressive catches of this camp, which has only increased the anticipation of what Tate will do when the lights come on at Qwest Field.
“It’s been a good position group for us,” Carroll said of the wide receivers. “Probably the most exciting guy coming along is to see what Golden can do. He’s been a very, very good player throughout camp, and he has the most to learn and the most to catch up on.”
That’s where receivers coach Kippy Brown comes into play.
“Kippy has been working like crazy to keep Golden abreast of the installation and what’s happening,” Carroll said. “But Golden has done a very good job and we’re going to play him a lot on Saturday night and give him a lot of opportunities.”
NOW HEAR THIS
The broadcast teams will be shuffled for the preseason games, because radio analyst Warren Moon is moving into the TV booth to work with play-by-play man Curt Menefee on KING-TV. Joining play-by-play man Steve Raible on radio – 97.3 FM and 710 ESPN – will be analyst Dave Wyman and sideline reporter Sara Eckert.
With temperatures expected to be in the high-80s on Saturday, fans will be permitted to bring full, sealed bottles of water into Qwest Field, as well as personal empty water bottles to fill inside the stadium.
After Saturday night’s game, the players are off until a mandatory noon lunch on Monday, when they will practice at 3:45 p.m. and a near-capacity crowd is expected for what will be the final practice open to fans.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I’m real anxious to see how we hold up against Tennessee. They love to run the football. They rush the ball for a lot of yards, over 160 yards a game last year with the great runner (Chris Johnson). This will be a very good indication of how we’re doing at the line of scrimmage.” – Carroll, also well aware that Johnson rushed for 134 yards in the finale at Qwest in January to surpass 2,000 for the season