A recap of the day’s activities:
Going “home.” The Seahawks have a number of players, coaches and staffers with ties to the Bay Area and the San Francisco 49ers, as Seahawks.com’s Ben Malcolmson outlined earlier today.
But none are fresher and longer than those of assistant special teams coach Jeff Ulbrich. He played for the 49ers the past 10 seasons, and Sunday’s game will be his first at Candlestick Park since he retired after last season and joined Pete Carroll’s staff in February.
“I anticipate it being strange, emotional,” said today after practice. “It will be strange going into the visiting locker room, for sure.
“I spent a lot of time there, obviously, so it’s going to be strange. But at the same time it’s going to be nice to get back there and see a lot of old friends.”
Then there is the game itself.
“It just means so much to us at this point of the season,” said Ulbrich, a six-season starter at linebacker and special teams standout for the 49ers from 2000-09. “So it’s special from that standpoint, too.”
At 6-6, the Seahawks are tied for the NFC West lead with St. Louis, but the Rams hold the tiebreaker because of their Week 4 win over the Seahawks in St. Louis. The Rams also play the 49ers, on Dec. 26, before meeting the Seahawks at Qwest Field in the regular-season finale.
So the Seahawks beating the 49ers – with Ulbrich on their sideline and in their locker room – would put the onus on the Rams to do the same.
NO. 263, AND 264
Tackle Breno Giacomini has been signed off the practice squad to fill the spot on the 53-man roster that opened Wednesday when defensive end Clifton Geathers was released. Wide receiver Dominique Edison was signed to fill the open spot on the practice squad.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Edison was a sixth-round draft choice by the Tennessee Titans last year. He was released from the Titans’ practice squad Wednesday.
The Seahawks have now made 264 roster moves since Carroll and general manager John Schneider were hired in January.
ON THE FIELD
The players practiced for 95 minutes in their indoor practice facility. Cornerback Marcus Trufant slapped an exclamation point on the “Turnover Thursday” workout by making an interception, and he also broke up a pass in the end zone.
For an insider’s peek at practice, check out Rod Mar’s photo gallery.
The official report, as issued by the team:
Did not practice
WR Mike Williams (ankle)
WR Ben Obomanu (hand)
OG Chester Pitts (ankle)
MLB Lofa Tatupu (knee)
CB Roy Lewis (knee)
LB Matt McCoy (head)
DE Chris Clemons (ankle)
QB Matt Hasselbeck (wrist)
DT Colin Cole (ankle)
TE John Carlson (hip)
Clemons and McCoy were back after sitting out Wednesday, while Lewis participated in all phases of practice after being limited Wednesday. Cole took part in every drill for the second consecutive day, a good sign as he attempted to return after missing the past five games with a high ankle sprain.
Friday will be an important practice to see if Williams or Obomanu is able to work. With the team’s starting split end (Williams) and flanker (Obomanu) out for the second consecutive practice, it gave ample snaps to the other wide-outs – Deon Butler, Brandon Stokley, Golden Tate and Ruvell Martin. Their combined total of 71 receptions is three fewer than Williams (52) and Obomanu (22) have.
For the 49ers:
K Joe Nedney (knee)
OT Joe Staley (fibula)
Did not practice
RB DeShawn Wynn (ankle)
LB Takeo Spikes (ankle)
RB Brian Westbrook (not injury related)
CB Nate Clements (knee)
LB Parys Haralson (ankle)
CB William James (concussion)
WR Josh Morgan (shoulder)
CB Shawntae Spencer (quad)
DT Aubrayo Franklin (groin)
TE Delanie Walker (ankle)
OT Anthony Davis (back)
Franklin was limited today, but at least he did some work after sitting out Wednesday. Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky stressed the importance of having Franklin for Sunday’s game. “It all starts with the nose,” he told reporters who cover the 49ers today. “I’ve been saying that since I got here. Everything acts off it.” The 49ers had problems containing the run after Franklin went out in last week’s game against the Packers in Green Bay.
STAT DU JOUR
Four. That’s the number of games the Seahawks have had their starting defensive tackle tandem of Brandon Mebane and Cole on the field together – and it was the first four games of the season.
Following the Week 4 loss to the Rams, Mebane missed the next four games because of a strained calf. By the time he returned, Cole was out. So if Cole returns this week, as expected, it would be the first time both have been in the lineup since Oct. 3.
YOU DON’T SAY
“The thing that has unraveled us a little bit is when Mike Williams has gone down. He’s become such a big part of our offense. We’ve gotten a little unraveled when he’s gone down, just trying to figure out who is where.” – QB Matt Hasselbeck on the team’s leading receiver, who missed the game against the Chiefs two weeks ago with a strained foot and then went out on the first offensive series last week with a sprained ankle