Thursday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Edgerrin James

Edgerrin James. The veteran running back is returning to the scene of his prime this week, but don’t expect James to get nostalgic about the Seahawks’ game against the Colts in Indianapolis on Sunday.

Sure, James played his first seven NFL seasons in Indy, where he averaged 1,318 rushing yards, 51 receptions and almost 11 touchdowns. But just as sure, the Colts no longer play in the RCA Dome and James last played for them in 2005.

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Wednesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson. Remember when the third-year cornerback got a high ankle sprain against the 49ers in San Francisco 11 days ago? The original prognosis was that Wilson would be sidelined until possibly the bye week.

Guess who was back at practice today, working in individual drills and running along the sideline during the full-team drills? Read more »


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Hasselbeck, Jones likely out

Don’t plan on seeing quarterback Matt Hasselbeck or left tackle Walter Jones in Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Seahawks coaches aren’t.

That was the word from coach Jim Mora in his just-completed news conference.

“That is the plan,” he said.

Hasselbeck still can’t run or take a deep breath without experiencing pain because of the fractured rib he got against the 49ers two weeks ago. Jones, meanwhile, still has pain in his surgically repaired left knee.

But Mora also said that cornerback Ken Lucas (groin), middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu (hamstring), tackle Brandon Frye (groin), guard Rob Sims (oblique) and free safety Jordan Babineaux (neck) should be able to play against the Colts.

Because of the injuries on the offensive line, the team also made two practice squad moves: tackle Na’Shan Goodard and guard Brian De La Puente have been signed. Linebacker William Thomas and wide receiver Logan Payne were released to clear spots.

“We had to do this just to make sure we could practice,” Mora said.

Tuesday, former University of Washington running back Louis Rankin was signed to the practice squad because the team likes his size and speed. Running back Devin Moore was released to clear a spot for Rankin.


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Tuesday in Hawkville

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The game plan. If it’s Tuesday, the coaches are putting together the game plan for this week’s matchup against the Colts in Indianapolis.

Talk about your daunting task, especially for defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and his staff. The Colts not only are unbeaten (3-0), they have the seemingly unflappable Peyton Manning at quarterback. He’s already passed for 983 yards and seven touchdowns, a pace that will produce a 5,200-yard, 37-TD season.

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Up next: Indianapolis Colts

Lucas Oil

A look at the Seahawks’ Week 4 opponent:

When: Sunday, 10 a.m. PDT, Lucas Oil Stadium

Record: 3-0, after beating the defending AFC East champion Dolphins and defending NFC champion Cardinals on the road in a six-day span

Where the Colts rank: No. 4 on offense (26th rushing, 1st passing); No. 12 on defense (21st rushing, 10th passing)

Series: Colts lead 5-4, including a 28-13 win on Christmas Eve in 2005 – the last regular-season game between the teams

Star power: Peyton Manning. The three-time league MVP is playing like he’ll win a fourth. His 117.1 passer rating is second in the NFL to the Saints’ Drew Brees (118.1). He’s also second in the league in touchdown passes (seven) and passing yards (983) and first in average gain per attempt (10.24). Stopping Manning is probably asking too much, but you have to find a way to at least disrupt the No. 1-ranked passing game in the league – or it will be a long afternoon. Just ask the Cardinals, who were torched for four TD passes on Sunday.

Unsung hero: Pierre Garcon. No Marvin Harrison (released)? No Anthony Gonzalez (injured)? No problem. Garcon, a second-year receiver from Mount Union, has not only stepped in, he has stepped up. Garcon is averaging 19.4 yards on his seven receptions and has scored two touchdowns. Wide receiver Reggie Wayne (20 receptions for a 16.3-yard average and two TDs) and tight end Dallas Clark (18 for 15.8 and two TDs) remain Manning’s go-to guys, but Garcon has been a pleasant – and productive – surprise as the third option.

On the spot: Adam Vinatieri. The Colts’ clutch kicker hasn’t been in the first three games. He missed a 32-yard field goal against the Cardinals and is 3 of 5 overall. Not that it mattered Sunday, with the Colts rolling to a 31-10 victory. But at some point, the Colts are going to need him to make a clutch kick.

Burning question: Will Dwight Freeney play against the Seahawks? The Colts’ spinning top of a pass rusher left the game against the Cardinals after he felt something pop in his right thigh. The team is being coy about the injury and the status of its four-time Pro Bowl defensive end, but the Indianapolis Star is reporting that Freeney will miss two weeks. If that is the case, the Colts definitely will miss Freeney. After collecting two sacks against the Cardinals, he ranks third in the league with four.

Familiar faces: Line coach Howard Mudd (1978-82, 1993-97), linebackers coach Mike Murphy (1995-97) and defensive special assistant Rod Perry (1989-91) also coached for the Seahawks, while former Seahawks tight end Pete Metzelaars (1982-84) is the Colts’ assistant offensive line coach.

The last word: “He plays it as if it’s the most important play in the Super Bowl. That’s how he prepares in the meeting room and in everything he does. That’s the reason why he’s so consistent. He does it week in week out, day after day, meeting after meeting. He’s a real professional.” – Colts first-year head coach Jim Caldwell, on Manning


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Monday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning. Jim Mora is on record that he never mentions the Seahawks’ upcoming opponent by name and uses only numbers when discussing their players. That changed today when he was asked about this week’s opponent and their quarterback – No. 18.

“You know, I’ve been watching Peyton play since high school,” Mora said of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

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