Sunday, October 3, 2010
Julius Jones odd man out
By Mike Sando
ST. LOUIS -- The Seattle Seahawks named former starting running back Julius Jones among their inactive players Sunday, an indication the team might have plans for newly signed receiver Brandon Stokley.
Jones faded from the rotation against San Diego in Week 3 as the Seahawks committed to Justin Forsett as its primary back, at least for now. Leon Washington's two kickoff returns for touchdowns against the Chargers showed he has big-play ability. Washington becomes the clear No. 2 halfback with Jones inactive.
Stokley's status gives the Seahawks six receivers active against the Rams. Teams often keep only four or five active on game days. Seattle has fared well with more than two wide receivers on the field. The Rams' secondary could be vulnerable against three- and four-receiver groupings.
Seattle's secondary also faces challenges, but starting cornerback Marcus Trufant is active despite suffering an ankle injury last week.
Inactive for Seattle: Jones, safety Nate Ness, guard Evan Dietrick-Smith, offensive lineman Allen Barbre, tackle Breno Giacommini, tight end Anthony McCoy, defensive end E.J. Wilson and newly re-signed defensive tackle Craig Terrill.
Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (shoulder injury) and linebacker Aaron Curry (hamstring) are active.
The Seahawks did not yet report any potential lineup changes.
Rookie first-round choice Russell Okung is active for the first time since suffering an ankle injury during the exhibition season. Coach Pete Carroll indicated during the week that Okung could play, most likely in a relief role before taking over the starting job at left tackle.