Injury Update: Chris Spencer

Chris Spencer

The Seahawks’ starting center could miss the first couple games of the regular season because of a tear in his left thigh muscle, coach Jim Mora said this morning during an interview on KJR-AM.

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Seahawks vs. Broncos – Game at a Glance

A recap of the Seahawks’ 27-13 preseason victory over the Denver Broncos on Saturday night at Qwest Field:


Matt Hasselbeck. The painful part was watching the Seahawks’ quarterback get sacked three times. But it’s what Hasselbeck was able to do when given enough time that made a much more positive impression.

He capped a game-opening, eight-play, 70-yard drive with a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Deon Butler. He led a textbook two-minute drill to close the half that ended with his 2-yard TD pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Read more »

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Seahawks vs. Broncos – 4th Quarter

Reed, who had a sack and an interception in the opener against the Chargers, continued to be a presence on the Broncos’ drive that spanned the end of the third quarter and the first 3½ minutes of the final quarter.

The rookie from Oregon was penalized for going into the legs of Broncos QB Chris Simms on the first play of the quarter – giving Denver a first down. But before the 13-play, 54-yard drive was over, Reed also teamed with middle linebacker David Hawthorne to stop QB Tom Brandstater for no gain on third down – on a play nullified because fellow defensive end Baraka Atkins was flagged for holding – and later shared a sack with Atkins on another third-down play. The Broncos settled for a 39-yard field goal by Colquitt.

The Seahawks’ backups forced a three-and-out on the Broncos’ next possession, wh ich started with – who else – Reed blowing past tackle Stanley Bryant to drop Brandstater for a 5-yard sack. On the next play, cornerback Travis Fisher stopped Marcus Thomas for no gain.

The final quarter might have been scoreless for the Seahawks, but it was far from pointless. In addition to Reed, Hawthorne and fellow linebacker Will Herring made impressive plays.

Final Score

Seahawks 27, Broncos 13

Scoring Summary

  • 10:33 – 32-yard field goal by Colquitt.  13 plays, 54 yards

4th Quarter Stats

  • Time of possession: Seahawks 6:06; Broncos 8:54
  • Total rushing yards: Seahawks 12; Broncos 17
  • Total passing yards: Seahawks 9; Broncos -15
  • Total net yardage: Seahawks 26; Broncos 15

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Seahawks vs. Broncos – 3rd Quarter

The Seahawks didn’t need long drives to pad their lead to 27-10, as the defense and special teams made plays that provided excellent field position.

They struck quickly after intermission, when Brandon Coutu kicked a 22-yard field goal with 12:44 to play.

The defense set up the score as cornerback Kelly Jennings forced a fumble on Orton’s pass to tight end Tony Scheffler on the second play of the half and safety Jordan Babineaux returned it 20 yards to the Broncos’ 8-yard line.

The Seahawks got the ball back quickly, and again with optimum field position, as the defense forced a three-and-out and rookie defensive end Nick Reed got a hand on Britton Colquitt’s punt that went only 15 yards.

Taking over at the Broncos’ 29, Seneca Wallace scrambled out of the pocket and up the sideline for an 18-yard gain. But it took his 1-yard pass to tight end Joe Newton to give the Seahawks a 24-10 lead.

The next time the Broncos touched the ball, it lasted only seconds as safety C.J. Wallace put his helmet on the ball to force a fumble by punter returner Kenny McKinley that linebacker Will Herring recovered. Coutu cashed in on the big play with 1:52 to play by kicking a 52-yard field. It was Coutu’s 11th consecutive three-pointer over the two preseasons.


  • Seahawks 27, Broncos 10

Scoring Summary

  • 12:46 – 22-yard field goal by Brandon Coutu.  4 plays, 4 yards.
  • 9:08 – 1-yard pass from Seneca Wallace to Joe Newton.  PAT by Coutu.  6 plays, 29 yards.
  • 1:52 – 52-yard field goal by Brandon Coutu. 4 plays, 5 yards.


  • Time of possession: Seahawks 6:58; Broncos 8:02
  • Total rushing yards: Seahawks 35; Broncos 20
  • Total passing yards: Seahawks 17; Broncos 39
  • Total net yards: Seahawks 52; Broncos 59

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Seahawks vs. Broncos – 2nd Quarter

Orton continued his hot-handed ways, in part because the Seahawks were able to generate enough pressure on the Broncos’ passer.

Orton smartly moved Denver from its own 13 to the Seahawks’ 1-yard line with less than three minutes left in the half. But the Seahawks got a little bit of luck and a couple of nice plays to prevent the Broncos from scoring.

On second-and-goal, Jabar Gaffney could not hold Orton’s pass in the back of the end zone. On third down, cornerback Josh Wilson tipped away Orton’s pass to Gaffney in the front of the end zone. On fourth down, Orton was flushed and tried to get the ball into the end zone – with an ill-advised, left-handed pass – but cornerback Ken Lucas made the interception.

That set the stage for a precision hurry-up offense display by Hasselbeck and the Seahawks’ offense. Hasselbeck capped the 14-play, 80-yard drive by passing 2 yards to Houshmandzadeh for the TD that gave the Seahawks a 14-10 lead.

On the drive, Hasselbeck and running back Justin Forsett hooked up for a 30-yard gain on third-and-3; Hasselbeck went to Houshmandzadeh for a 13-yard gain on third-and-15 and then to Courtney Taylor for 8 yards on fourth-and-2; Hasselbeck found tight end John Carlson for a 13-yard completion on third-and-6; and it was Hasselbeck-to-Forsett again for an 11-yard gain on third-and-10.

The efficiency of the drive atoned for the line allowing Hasselbeck to be sacked three times in the first half.


Seahawks 14, Broncos 10

Scoring Summary

  • 0:09 – 2-yard pass from Hasselbeck to Houshmandzadeh. PAT by Mare.  14 plays for 80 yards.


  • Time of possession: Seahawks 5:36; Broncos 9:24
  • Total rushing yards: Seahawks 9; Broncos 7
  • Total passing yards: Seahawks 76; Broncos 85
  • Total net yards: Seahawks 85; Broncos 97

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Seahawks vs. Broncos – 1st Quarter

In the first 15 minutes, a pair of 8’s trumped anything either defense could throw at them.

Matt Hasselbeck staked the Seahawks to a 7-0 lead with a perfectly thrown pass to rookie wide receiver Deon Butler for a 34-yard touchdown. On the eight-play, 70-yards drive, the Seahawks’ No. 8 – Hasselbeck – completed 4 of 5 passes for 64 yards to three different receivers. On the TD pass, Butler made the catch in the end zone despite tight coverage from Broncos cornerback Andre Goodman.

But the Seahawks couldn’t hold the lead, as the Broncos’ No. 8 – QB Kyle Orton – was 6 of 8 for 63 yards on the ensuing series, including a 3-yard TD pass to Brandon Stokley. The Broncos then tacked on a 53-yard field goal by Matt Prater with 1:32 remaining. Orton was 3 of 3 for 29 yards on that possession.

Hasselbeck and Orton saved their best efforts for the most critical down. Hasselbeck was 2 of 2 on third downs in the Seahawks’ game-opening drive, passing 13 yards to T.J. Houshmandazeh and then 35 to Butler for the score. On the Broncos’ TD drive, Orton was 3 of 3 on third downs for 34 yards.

Scoring Summary

  • 11:53 – 34-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Deon Butler.  PAT by Mare. 8 plays, 70 yards.
  • 6:01 – 3-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Orton to Brandon Stokley. PAT by Prater.  12 plays, 78 yards.
  • 1:38 – 53-yard field goal by Prater. 5 plays, 18 yards

Scoring Summary

  • 11:53 – 34-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Deon Butler. PAT by Mare. 8 plays, 70 yards.
  • 6:01 – 3-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Orton to Brandon Stokley. PAT by Prater. 12 plays, 78 yards.
  • 1:38 – 53-yard field goal by Prater. 5 plays, 18 yards

Quarter Stats

  • Time of Possession: Seahawks 6:13; Broncos 8:47
  • Team rushing yards: Seahawks 11; Broncos 19
  • Team passing yards: Seahawks 74; Broncos 92
  • Total net yars: Seahawks 85; Broncos 111

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Seahawks vs. Broncos Pregame Notes

12th MAN , er, Women Flag Raiser

Raising the 12th MAN flag in the south end will be Central Washington University’s Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace and Sara Tucholsky from Western Oregon.

No Nate or Curry

Wide receiver Nate Burleson and linebacker Aaron Curry will not play for the Seahawks tonight in their preseason home opener against the Denver Broncos.

Neither scratch is a surprise, because Burleson did not practice during the week to rest a sore hamstring and Curry has been sidelined since straining his groin during the Tuesday night practice at Husky Stadium.

Rookie Deon Butler will start for Burleson, while veteran D.D. Lewis will replace Curry.

Also out tonight: left tackle Walter Jones (knee), cornerback Marcus Trufant (back) and offensive lineman Grey Ruegamer (elbow).

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