A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Nov. 9:
Deon Butler. Now that the third-year wide receiver has been activated off the physically unable to perform list, the question has switched from when Butler would return to how the Seahawks will use him now that he has.
“Well, we’re going to work him in,” coach Pete Carroll said when asked just that question. “We know he’s a tremendous speed player and a guy that has come through and made a lot of things happen for us last season, so we’re anxious to fit him back in.
“Right now, it’s still part of the process to get him situated. I’m not sure how much we can play him yet, but it’s good to get him back on the roster.”
Butler was activated on Tuesday, and he got reps with the Seahawks’ offense as well as the scout team that works against the Seahawks’ defense in today’s 100-minute practice that was held outside and in full pads as the team prepared for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens at CenturyLink Field.
Butler had practiced the past three weeks, but today was the first time he got extensive snaps with the offense.
Whatever the role, Butler is eager to grab it after a long rehab that followed breaking his right leg so severely in Week 14 last season that he needed surgery to insert a steel rod.
“It feels good,” Butler said. “I’ve been working hard, practicing and just kind of getting back into shape. It feels good to finally get activated. It took awhile, but I knew it was going to be a business process.”
Just how good is good? “I feel good,” he said. “I’ve been running around. I’ve been hitting the ground probably more than I should in practice, but it’s going to get me ready for a game – whenever that time comes.”
Ray Lewis. We gushed about the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker yesterday in the “star power” portion of our “Up Next” look at the Ravens. Today, it was Carroll’s turn.
“He is an individual player who’s probably set the tone for an entire franchise,” he said. “And he’s done it in extraordinary fashion. He’s a really instinctive football player. He has great knack for where the ball is going. And in that, he has great knack for being at the right place at the right time to make big plays.
“He’s a dramatic football player. He’ll make the big hit. He’ll make the big coverage or the big sack in timely fashion. He’s going to be a shoo-in Hall of Fame player as soon as they can let him in. He’s just done that for so long. That comes from his great knack. He’s always been physical and all that to go along with it, and he can run well and all of that kind of stuff.”
And that just about says it all. Just about.
“He’s an amazing package of all the elements that make up a great player,” Carroll added.
IN ’N OUT
The official injury report:
Did not practice
WR Sidney Rice (foot)
TE Cameron Morrah (toe/knee)
LB David Vobora (concussion)
Limited in practice
QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral)
“The gains are very slight,” Carroll said when asked about Jackson continuing to play with a strained pectoral in his right shoulder. “It’s all about how he feels every day, one to the next. His strength is there, which is a really good sign right off the bat coming back.
“But it’s really a day-to-day thing. We’re not out of the woods on this thing yet. But he’s managing it as well as it could possibly be managed and his attitude is great about it.”
Also, defensive end Pierre Allen was signed to the practice squad. He fills one of the spot that opened Tuesday when defensive tackle Pep Levingston was added to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.
Cornerback Walter Thurmond, who had surgery last week to repair the left ankle he fractured in the Week 7 loss to the Browns in Cleveland, watched practice from the sidelines on crutches.
For the Ravens:
Did not practice
C Matt Birk (neck)
Limited in practice
RB Anthony Allen (thigh)
LB Brendon Ayandadejo (head)
LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh)
WR Lee Evans (ankle)
TE Kris Wilson (calf)
CB Chykie Brown (knee)
STAT DU JOUR
Last week, Marshawn Lynch became the first Seahawks running back to score touchdowns in four consecutive games played in since Shaun Alexander in 2005. This week, Lynch will attempt to become the first Seahawks back to post back-to-back 100-yard rushing efforts since … (pause to allow you a guess or two) Julius Jones in September of 2008. Here’s a look at Jones’ back-to-backers, and the team’s other 100-yard rushers since then:
Back (date, opponent) No. Yards Avg. TD
Julius Jones (9-14-2008, 49ers) 26 127 4.9 1
Julius Jones (9-21-2008, Rams) 22 140 6.4 1
Maurice Morris (11-23-2008, Jets) 29 116 4.0 0
Maurice Morris (12-21-2008, Redskins) 14 102 7.4 0
Julius Jones (9-13-2009, Rams) 19 117 6.2 1
Justin Forsett (11-15-2009, Cardinals) 17 123 7.2 1
Justin Forsett (11-29-2009, Rams) 22 130 5.9 2
Marshawn Lynch (11-6-2011) 23 135 5.9 1
“Turnover Thursday,” on the Carroll calendar, and that has been a talking point for the Seahawks coach all week. The Seahawks are minus-5 in turnover ratio, which ties them for 23rd in the league. They have forced 11 turnovers (eight interceptions, three fumbles), which ties them for 17th; and turned the ball over 16 times (10 interceptions, six fumbles), which ties for the second-most in the league.
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YOU DON’T SAY
“Obviously, it starts with Marshawn. … He’s definitely a Top 2 or 3 running back in the National Football League. He’s a violent runner. You go back and look at that playoff game against the Saints last year when he took the game over with his running style. It’s just incredible.” – Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Lynch when asked about the talent on the Seahawks roster
SAN DIEGO – A recap of the Seahawks’ 24-17 victory over the Chargers in their preseason opener at Qualcomm Stadium on Thursday night:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Thomas Clayton. There were a lot of candidates for the Seahawks, but the third-year running back scored the game-winner – on a 25-yard touchdown run with 3 minutes to play – had a game-high 62 rushing yards and also added an 11-yard run to the Chargers’ 5-yard line on the TD drive that tied the score at 17.
All this from a guy who was just signed last weekend.
“It was amazing. Amazing. Amazing,” Clayton said of scoring the decisive touchdown. “I’m speechless.”
That’s OK, because his action on the field spoke so loudly there was no need for post-game words.
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: Again, there were a lot to choose from – and from both teams. But if the choice isn’t the game-winning touchdown, well, it’s the wrong choice. And part of what made Clayton’s 25-yard run so impressive was how well not only the line blocked but also the receivers downfield.
Defense: The play that setup Clayton’s run. On the Chargers’ first snap after the Seahawks had tied the game at 17, rookie defensive end Pierre Allen came up with a fumble-forcing hit on Scott Tolizen, the Chargers’ No. 3 QB. Rookie defensive tackle Pep Levingston recovered at the Chargers’ 22-yard line.
Special teams: After the Seahawks had scored to tie the game at 10, rookie free agent Bryan Walter took the ensuing kickoff and returned it 103 yards for a touchdown. Enough said, in most cases. But Seahawks coach Pete Carroll offered, “Unfortunately for us, the kickoff coverage just stunk on the touchdown or we would have had almost a perfect second half.”
The big news – and the event that likely will dominate the conversation coming out of this game – was the left ankle sprain that forced left tackle Russell Okung to the locker room on the first series of the game.
He is scheduled to have a MRI, which will determine how much time last year’s first-round draft choice will miss.
Seventeen Seahawks did not dress for the game, including four starters: wide receiver Mike Williams (toe) and Sidney Rice (labrum), defensive linemen Red Bryant (knee) and defensive end Chris Clemons (ankle).
THIS ’N THAT
Rookie free agent Doug Baldwin had a team-high four receptions and also added a 20-yard punt return and a 41-yard kickoff return. … Rookie middle linebacker K.J. Wright had a team-high eight tackles. … Jameson Konz, who was moved from tight end to defensive end during training camp, had a sack. … Tight end Dominique Byrd had two catches for 52 yards. … The Seahawks quarterbacks – Tarvaris Jackson, Charlie Whitehurst and Josh Portis – combined to complete 22 of 24 passes for 197 yards and a passer rating of 90.0. … On the Chargers’ 89-yard touchdown drive on their first possession, the Seahawks yielded a 48-yard completion on third-and-6 and a 16-yard completion on third-and-11.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We shut him out on defensive in the second half. We scored 24 points on offense in the second half. That’s cool stuff.” – Carroll