Friday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

FOCUS ON

Taking this show on the road. The Seahawks left Virginia Mason Athletic Center at noon to catch their charter flight to Minneapolis, where they will play the Vikings on Saturday night – with a 5 p.m. kickoff in the Pacific Northwest.

Coach Pete Carroll’s emphasis this week has been on every aspect of the team making its first road trip of the season – even if it is the preseason. The club returns after the game and then faces a short work week to prepare for Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Raiders in Oakland.

“Guys practiced really well and diligently this week,” Carroll said. “They were in it, and we’ll see how we go. This is a work in progress and we need to see how far we’ve come.”

During the regular season, the Seahawks will make road trips to Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Oakland, Arizona, New Orleans, San Francisco and Tampa. And they’ll be looking to improve on last year’s 1-7 record on the road.

ON THE FIELD

The Seahawks had a short walk-thru at 10:30 this morning.

But while the Seahawks are away, the Dawgs will play. The University of Washington football team was scheduled to conduct a mock game on the Seahawks’ practice fields stating at 3 p.m.

ROLL CALL

Nothing official, of course, but you can expect the following injured or on-the-mend players to sit out against the Vikings: Offensive linemen Russell Okung, Ben Hamilton, Ray Willis and Chester Pitts; defensive linemen Nick Reed and Kentwan Balmer; linebackers Leroy Hill and David Hawthorne; and cornerback Josh Pinkard.

YOU DON’T SAY

“It’s a great opportunity for me to start the game off and really set the tempo, so that’ll be my game. To come out, play smart and efficient and set the tempo and get this running game going.” – running back Leon Washington, on getting the start against the Vikings after Julius Jones and Justin Forsett started the first two preseason games


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