Thursday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Wrotto

Mansfield Wrotto. The latest injury-induced incarnation of the Seahawks’ offensive line will feature Wrotto stepping in at left guard for Rob Sims, who got a high ankle sprain in last week’s loss to the Colts in Indianapolis.

Unlike left tackle Brandon Frye, who was in his third week with the team when he made his first NFL start, and rookie right guard Max Unger, Wrotto has been here before. He started the final four games last season at right guard.

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Wednesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Walter Jones

Walter Jones. Jim Mora was asked again today about the status of the team’s nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle. The Seahawks’ coach only wishes he had a definitive answer.

Jones is not practicing, and likely won’t start until after the Week 7 bye because of pain in his surgically repaired left knee. Is there a deadline for when Jones needs to return?

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Hasselbeck to practice

Matt Hasselbeck

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will participate when the Seahawks take to the practice field in a few minutes to begin preparing for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qwest Field.

Coach Jim Mora made that announced just a few minutes ago on his weekly news conference.

Whether Hasselbeck plays against the Jaguars will be determined by how much he can do in practice and how his fractured rib feels afterward.

Hasselbeck has not practiced since having his rib fractured in the Week 2 loss to the 49ers.

Left tackle Walter Jones will not return until after the Week 7 bye at the earliest, Mora said. The club is giving Jones time off to let the pain subside in his surgically repaired left knee.


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Tuesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Lawrence Jackson. Look at last year’s first-round draft choice now. After a so-so rookie season, the new defensive coaching staff began challenging Jackson during the spring minicamps and OTA sessions to become a more physical and consistent player.

So far, better than good.

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Up next: Jacksonville Jaguars

Maurice Jones Drew

A look at the Seahawks’ opponent in Week 5:

When: Sunday, 1:15 p.m., Qwest Field

Record: 2-2, after beating the Tennessee Titans 37-17 on Sunday for their second consecutive victory

Where they rank: No. 10 on offense (8th rushing, 14th passing); No. 29 on defense (12th rushing, 31st passing)

Series: Seahawks lead 3-2, but the Jaguars won the last meeting 24-16 in the 2005 season opener at Jacksonville

Star power: Maurice Jones-Drew. Long a fantasy favorite because he has scored 45 touchdowns in 51 NFL games, the short but swift and powerful MJD is now the Jags’ feature back after they decided against re-signing Fred Taylor. Never the starter when Taylor was around, MJD still averaged 83.8 yards from scrimmage and 127.7 all-purpose yards in his first three seasons. This year, he leads the Jags with 296 rushing yards and five touchdowns, and he’s also second on the team with 16 receptions The Titans held him to 14 yards rushing Sunday, but he still scored on a 9-yard run.

Unsung hero: Mike Thomas. The Pac-10’s all-time leading receiver, Thomas was inactive for the Jags’ first two games. But the rookie was very active against the Titans, setting up two touchdowns with a 42-yard kickoff return and a 34-yard punt return.

On the spot: David Garrard. Say what? The Jags’ quarterback had a 126.3 passer rating against the Titans, throwing for 323 yards and three touchdowns. But in Jacksonville, the QB position has become a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately proposition.

Burning question: Can the Jaguars make the most of their upcoming schedule? Wrapped around their Week 7 bye are games against the Seahawks (1-3) and St. Louis Rams (0-4) and then a rematch with the Titans (0-4) and a game against the Kansas City Chiefs (0-4). But last season, the Jags were 3-3 and looking at a three-game stretch against teams with losing records – only to drop games to the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals on their way to finishing 5-11. If the Jags emerge from this stretch 6-2, or even 5-3, it should help fill the 18,000 seats that were empty for their home game against the Titans last week.

Familiar faces: FS Brian Russell played the past two seasons with the Seahawks, before being released last month on the final roster cut. CB Tyron Brackenridge played at Washington State. Coach Jack Del Rio’s staff includes three assistants who coached or played for the Seahawks – assistant head coach/tight ends Mike Tice (1981-88 and 1990-91 as a player), offensive line coach Andy Heck (1989-93 as a player) and special teams coordinator Russ Purnell (1986-94 as a coach).

The last word: “Our focus in going to be on getting ourselves ready to play. The guys will be getting their minds acclimated to how Seattle is going to attack us and what they’re going to do defensively and what we’ll do offensively.” – Del Rio


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Monday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Matt Hasselbeck. The word from coach Jim Mora is that the team’s three-time Pro Bowl quarterback might return to practice Wednesday for the first time since having a rib fractured in the Week 2 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco.

Getting Hasselbeck back would be significant on several levels for an injury-ravaged team that has gotten off to a 1-3 start.

“One of the things I love about watching Matt through the years was the way he came out of the huddle,” Mora said during his weekly day-after news conference. “He just kind of swaggered up to the line of scrimmage, snapping his chin strap and getting under (center) and really commanding the offense.

“He’s a guy that plays with a lot of confidence and gets a tempo. When Matt plays at his best, this offense is rolling, it’s tempo, it’s upbeat, the defense is having trouble catching up. If Matt’s out there playing, I think you’ll see that right away from him.”

If Hasselbeck is out there playing. That is the plan for Wednesday, when the players return from their off day to begin preparing for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qwest Field.

“I believe, as we sit here on Monday, that the plan is for him to practice on Wednesday,” Mora said. “I’m not promising he will play.”

WHO’S LEFT?

The injury bug continues to bite the left side of the offensive line. Left guard Rob Sims is expected to miss at least a couple of games after getting a high sprain of his left ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Colts in Indianapolis.

The Seahawks already are down to their third option at left tackle – Brandon Frye – because Walter Jones (knee) and Sean Locklear (ankle) remain sidelined. Mansfield Wrotto stepped in Sunday after Sims went down.

“Rob and Lock and Walt being out, that mandates us making a move,” said Mora, who wasn’t sure what it might be.

Saturday, tackle Kyle Williams was signed off the practice squad to be the backup for Frye and right tackle Ray Willis against the Colts. But today, fullback Justin Griffith was re-signed. He had been released to clear a roster spot for Williams.

KERNEY DOUBTFUL

Defensive end Patrick Kerney is doubtful for the game against the Jaguars, Mora said, after straining a groin against the Colts. But defensive end is one position where the team does have depth. Darryl Tapp stepped in for Kerney on the right side Sunday.

Lawrence Jackson, last year’s first-round draft choice, started at left end against the Colts for Cory Redding. That’s because Redding was going to be play tackle in the nickel a lot since the Colts pass as much as they do.

ON TAP

Rookie wide receiver Deon Butler will sign autographs at the Qwest Field Pro Shop from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday.

YOU DON’T SAY

“We don’t have to limit what we do, but we have to be certain of what we do. We have to make sure that we don’t give a short corner to a defensive end to get to him. That means you have to tweak some things a little bit, but not limit them necessarily.” – Mora, when asked about the need to limit the playbook if Hasselbeck does play


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