A recap of the day’s activities:
Mike Williams. The Seahawks’ leading receiver has responded well to treatment for the foot he strained in Sunday’s loss to the Saints in New Orleans, but his status remains day-to-day for this week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qwest Field.
“There’s an optimism about the injury itself that he might be able to come back,” coach Pete Carroll said. “This is one that we haven’t seen. It’s a new thing that he’s got so we have to kind of see how it goes, and go day-to-day with it.”
Williams did not practice today, but he is off the crutches he was using after Sunday’s game and wearing a protective boot on the injured foot.
Asked if he thought Williams would be able to play against the Chiefs, Carroll said, “We can’t tell yet. I don’t know until he’s able get out and run around. I do know that Mike can make it through the week. He was banged up a couple weeks ago (with a bruised thigh), barely got some work and was able to contribute some.
“So we’ll be hopeful that if that is this week’s story, maybe by Friday he gets some work and we’ll see where he fits in.”
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is preparing as if Williams won’t play against the Chiefs, but hoping he will be in the lineup.
“Right now, I’m treating it like he cannot go,” Hasselbeck said. “That’s really how I’m going into it, that’s how I’m studying film; I think that’s how this game plan is set up – as if he’s not playing.
“If he can play, that would just be an added bonus. But this is an opportunity for guys to step up.”
The way Williams has stepped up since he was signed in April after being out of the league for two years definitely has been a bonus for the Seahawks’ passing game. He leads the club with 52 receptions and 654 receiving yards. In the past six games, he has caught passes for 100-plus yards three times and also had games with 10, 11 and 11 receptions.
“I’m not sure we’ve ever been so dependent on one guy just winning one-on-one matchups,” said Hasselbeck, who is in his 10th season with the team. “I think we’ve been more dependent on guys knowing what to do and doing it with the right timing, and the system just sort of works that way.
“But Mike’s a guy that if you get him one-on-one, you take advantage. You go for it.”
No matter how it might look.
“You hear the announcer sometimes on the TV copy of our games say, ‘Oh, it’s obvious that they’re picking on this corner,’ ” Hasselbeck said. “That’s like not even close to being true. We just throw to Mike.”
Without Williams on the practice field today, Ben Obomanu worked for him at split end, with Deon Butler moving back in at flanker. Obomanu has started the past two games at flanker.
PRACTICE SQUAD ROULETTE
The club made two changes to its practice squad, adding defensive end Derek Walker and re-signing wide receiver Pat Williams.
To clear spots, defensive end James Wyche and wide receiver Antonio Robinson were released.
Walker made the 53-man roster last season after having an impressive training camp and preseason, but was released in mid-September and signed to the practice squad. He was then added to the active roster in mid-November but released again in late December. Williams was on the practice squad earlier this season.
ON THE FIELD
The players worked for 90 minutes in the indoor practice facility, in part because the outdoor fields remain blanketed in snow.
Rookie WR Golden Tate celebrated his return to practice after missing three games with a sprained ankle by making a falling, one-handed catch. Not to be outdone, practice squad linebacker Joe Pawelek had a one-handed interception.
The official report, as issued by the team:
Did not practice
DE Chris Clemons (ankle)
DT Colin Cole (ankle)
TE Anthony McCoy (knee)
OG Chester Pitts (ankle)
WR Brandon Stokley (calf)
MLB Lofa Tatupu (knee)
CB Marcus Trufant (concussion)
WR Mike Williams (foot)
OG Mike Gibson (ankle)
FB Michael Robinson (hamstring)
WR Golden Tate (ankle)
C Chris Spencer (finger)
QB Matt Hasselbeck (wrist)
In addition to Tate, Robinson returned to practice after sitting out the past four games.
On defense, Raheem Brock filled in for Clemons, Walter Thurmond worked on the left side for Trufant and David Hawthorne slid from weak-side linebacker to sub for Tatupu with Will Herring replacing Hawthorne. Junior Siavii continues to start for Cole, who has missed the past three games and could miss a couple more.
On offense, Tyler Polumbus and Gibson split time at left guard for Pitts.
For the Chiefs:
Did not practice
CB Brandon Flowers (hamstring)
S Jon McGraw (head)
Limited in practice
OT Branden Albert (groin)
OG Ryan Lilja (foot)
TE Tony Moeaki (head)
WR Dexter McCluster (ankle)
STAT DU JOUR
The Seahawks’ longest pass play last season was a 53-yarder from Hasselbeck to T.J. Houshmandzadeh. This season, they’ve had longer pass plays in each of the past two games – Hasselbeck’s 63-yarder to Deon Butler against the Cardinals and his 68-yarder to Williams last week.
Carroll has moved up the Thursday practice to 11:30, so the players and coaches will have more time in the afternoon to spend Thanksgiving with their families.
Also, Friday is punter Jon Ryan’s 29th birthday.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Absolutely.” – Hasselbeck, when asked if stats ever lie