A recap of the day’s activities:
Just how big is big? With a win over the Arizona Cardinals at Qwest Field on Sunday, the Seahawks would be in sole possession of first place in the NFC West.
Let that sink in for a moment …
The last time the Seahawks cold make that claim this late in the season was 2007, when they started 5-3 and never trailed or were tied the rest of the way. Also, with a win Sunday they would be 4-2, matching their win total from 2008 and one shy of the number of victories they posted last season.
But getting too carried away with the significance of the moment is a good way to dent the momentum the Seahawks gained with last week’s 23-20 upset of the Bears in Chicago.
“You can’t really look at how ‘big’ this game is, we need momentum more than anything,” defensive tackle Craig Terrill said today after practice. “We had a big win on the road. So to be able to come back here against a divisional opponent, as team, we just have to look at that as taking care of business.
“It was really good to get a win on the road, but it doesn’t mean anything if we come back here and don’t perform at home.”
Terrill can provide a good gauge on putting too much significance on the significance of this game because he is one of only 11 players still on the roster from the last Seahawks team to beat the Cardinals. That was on Dec. 9, 2007, at Qwest. The other holdovers: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, cornerbacks Marcus Trufant and Kelly Jennings, defensive back Jordan Babineaux, offensive linemen Sean Locklear and Chris Spencer, linebackers Lofa Tatupu and Will Herring, defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and wide receiver Ben Obomanu.
“Momentum is so important in this league,” Terrill said. “It creates commradrie in the locker room and creates a good winning feeling. So that’s the goal on Sunday.”
Chester Pitts. The veteran guard has practiced all week, but has yet to play for the Seahawks after being signed in July as he recovers from having microfracture knee surgery last season.
“Chester is really improving. He’s getting better,” Carroll said. “We haven’t seen him full speed yet, but he’s getting close. It’s just taken him quite a while for him to get the confidence to really bang on that leg.”
Pitts won’t play, Carroll said, until he can show game speed in practice.
“For other guys, that’s not necessarily the case,” Carroll said. “But Chester needs to go over the top a little bit to show that he’s really ready and all that. He’s working his butt off and he’s had a long, arduous return. We’re just trying to make sure we do it right and so when he gets back officially, full-go and he can play then he’s back for good.”
ON THE FIELD
The players practiced for 80 minutes on their indoor field, even though Sunday’s game will be played outside with the forecast calling for rain and wind.
“Just to change it up,” coach Pete Carroll said when asked about moving practice to the IPF (indoor practice facility). “There’s a little different feel when you come in here. I thought (practice) was charged up pretty good today. I thought it would be fun to do that.”
The official end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:
CB Kelly Jennings (hamstring)
DT Brandon Mebane (calf)
DE Dexter Davis (hamstring)
Carroll said Jennings is “at best questionable” for Sunday because of the hamstring he tweaked in practice last Thursday and then strained in Sunday’s game against the Bears. Mebane aggravated a strained calf last week and did not play against the Bears. “He’s in the same boat,” Carroll said when asked about Mebane. “It’s an old injury that came back, so we’ve got to be very careful with it.”
Neither player practiced this week. If they can’t play, rookie Walter Thurmond will step in at right cornerback for Jennings and veteran Kentwan Balmer will start at Mebane’s spot – just as they did against the Bears.
For the Cardinals:
WR Steve Breaston (knee)
LB Will Davis (groin)
WR Early Doucet (groin)
DE Kenny Iwebema (knee)
LB Reggie Walker (hamstring)
S Matt Ware (ankle)
WR Stephen Williams (back)
Despite being limited in practice all week, Breaston and Doucet are expected to play Sunday.
The players will have a walk-thru on Saturday, when the Seahawks Women’s Association also will host a Football 101 workshop at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. For more information or to register, visit Seahawks.com.
STAT DU JOUR
The Seahawks have lost four in a row to the Cardinals. Their only other regular-season losing streak to top that is five in a row to the Washington Redskins, and the Seahawks beat them in the postseason in 2005 and 2007.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I think for me, if you catch the ball and you do a good job I’m going to keep going to you. If I can count on you you’re going to keep getting the ball. He’s just shown a hunger and a willingness to work and to make plays, and I like him. I like throwing to him.” – Hasselbeck on Mike Williams, who caught a career-high 10 passes for 123 yards against the Bears