Friday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:


Michael Robinson. The Seahawks signed Robinson this month after he was released by the San Francisco 49ers because of his athletic ability, but also his versatility.

The former quarterback from Penn State showed both in a limited, but diverse, role in last week’s game against the Broncos in Denver. Robinson had one carry for 15 yards, caught the only pass thrown to him for 7 yards and also had a tackle covering kicks.

Look up “the more things you can do” in your book of football clichés and chances are there will be a picture of Robinson.

“We’ll continue to grow with Michael as he learns,” coach Pete Carroll said after practice. “It’s so much to ask a guy to embrace the entire offense and stuff. But he’s a good learner and the fact that he’s a quarterback in his background, he really understands the game and he does a lot of really good things.

“He’s a very versatile guy, special teams as well. So I’m really excited about him being on this team. I like the attitude and toughness he brings, as well. He’s a real positive.”


Golden Tate. Practice was over, but the team’s second-round draft choice wasn’t finished. Tate stayed out to work on some of the finer points of running routes with wide receivers coach Kippy Brown.

Tate made a huge splash in his NFL debut last week, when he had a 63-yard punt return and a 52-yard reception. But to increase his role, Tate needs to continue working to refine his game.

“All the young guys have things to work on,” Carroll said. “Golden has his particular things we’re always going to keep stressing until he really owns them. We’re really excited about him and he’s going to continue to improve all the way through this year, I would think.

“We’re looking for him to be really precise and very consistent with everything, so the quarterback can count on him and we can really be sharp with all the timing things. He’s a really good football player. That’s not even a question in anybody’s mind. We just have to get him as consistent and right as possible.”


A Hall of Fame quarterback convention broke out, as Warren Moon (Class of 2006) and Dan Fouts (Class of 1993) watched practice from the sideline. Fouts, who played for the Chargers, is in town to be the analyst for the CBS telecast of Sunday’s game. Moon, of course, is the analyst for the Seahawks’ radio broadcasts.

Among the highlights during the 85-minute was a one-handed catch by wide receiver Deion Branch.   


The official status report, as released by the team:


LB Leroy Hill (calf/Achilles)

OT Russell Okung (ankle)


DE E.J. Wilson (knee)


OG Ben Hamilton (knee)

OT Chester Pitts (knee)

LB Matt McCoy (quad)

OT Sean Locklear (knee)

RB Quinton Ganther (knee)

Wilson did not practice today, and neither did Hill and Okung. Hamilton, Pitts and McCoy participated in every phase of practice, while Locklear and Ganther were limited. Hamilton and Locklear will start.

LB Will Herring practiced after missing the past two days because of a family situation.

For the Chargers:


RB Ryan Mathews (ankle)


LB Stephen Cooper (knee)

LB Jyles Tucker (non injury)

LB Larry English (foot)


WR Malcolm Floyd (hamstring)

CB Quentin Jammer (foot)

For a change, the biggest injury news involves the Seahawks’ opponent – specifically, the high sprain of Mathews’ right ankle. The Chargers’ first-round draft choice missed practice for the third consecutive day because of the injury he got in last week’s game. If Mathews cannot play, Mike Tolbert is expected to start.

English was added to the injury report today and did not practice.


During his introductory press conference on Thursday, Peter McLoughlin offered not only endorsements of Carroll and general manager John Schneider, but a quick review of the coach’s best-selling book, “Win Forever.”

“The time I spent with John and Pete Carroll was really quite special,” said McLoughlin, the Seahawks’ new president. “What energy, what enthusiasm, what a vision for winning and competing.

“I did read Pete’s book. It’s a great read.”


Saturday is Matt Hasselbeck’s 35th birthday. Most of his day will be filled with football-related activities, however, as the players will have a walk-thru at Virginia Mason Athletic Center and then report to the team hotel later in the day for more meetings.

Next week will be pivotal to Okung and Pitts as they move closer to returning. Okung has been out five weeks with the high ankle sprain he got in the second preseason game. Pitts has not played since having microfracture knee surgery last season, when he was with the Houston Texans.

“I think you’re going to see a lot out of Chester next week; and even Russell next week,” Carroll said. “Were counting on (having) those guys out there practicing and really ready to go play. We’ll see how that goes. Wishful thinking, but that’s what our indications are at this point.”

While Pitts practiced this week – at left tackle with the scout team that works against the defense – Okung did everything that leads up to actually practicing.

“He broke every huddle with us this week – to get not only his calls and his assignments and stuff, but also the cadence, to catch up,” Carroll said. “Because you can stand back there and miss out if you’re not focused. So we really have him tuned in to really practicing as much as he can so he’ll be ready to go next week.”  


“It’s a week that’s very important to us, in terms of bouncing back on track. We have to fix some things from last week and hopefully we’ll bring the kind of play we had in Week 1 here at home.” – Carroll

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