Friday, November 26, 2010
Thoughts, notes from Seahawks HQ
By Mike Sando
RENTON, Wash. -- A few quick notes from Seattle Seahawks headquarters following the team's practice Friday:
- Receiver Mike Williams showed up on the injury report Friday as questionable despite missing practice again. Williams continues to wear a protective boot on his injured left foot. The team plans to run Williams through a workout Sunday before determining his availability. Williams dominated at Arizona two days after suffering a compound fracture of a finger, so he has shown an ability to fight through injuries. Otherwise, circumstances would seem to give him little chance at playing.
- Middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu has generally been pleased with the Seahawks' run defense under the circumstances, except for the game against the New York Giants. A couple other opponents have put up strong rushing totals -- Oakland comes to mind -- without pounding out yardage from play to play. Tatupu said he's still adjusting to life without defensive end Red Bryant and nose tackle Colin Cole, the two players Seattle built its run defense around, even though their replacements have played well. It's a feel thing. Tatupu: "I always knew where Red was going to be and knew what he was going to do, and C.C. for the most part. I also felt a little freer as far as having more control over which gap to shoot." Tatupu said he's getting more comfortable with the new personnel.
- The Seahawks have limited quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's passing reps from the beginning this season. They gave him days off during training camp and continue to limit his throws during the season, similar to a baseball manager keeping a pitch count, coach Pete Carroll said. Hasselbeck's arm appears fresher as a result. Carroll: "He seems to have maintained really good arm strength. There is no question about his ability to throw any of the stuff in the plan."
- Mike Gibson will start at left guard after working his way back from a high-ankle sprain. Gibson started at left guard against San Francisco, Oakland and the Giants.
- Seattle listed Williams and fullback Michael Robinson as questionable on their injury report. Eight players are probable: Gibson, Golden Tate, Chris Spencer, Hasselbeck, Brandon Stokley, Chris Clemons, Tatupu and Marcus Trufant. Trufant, who suffered a concussion last week, practiced Friday and plans to start Sunday.
- Tate enjoyed a strong week of practices. Carroll singled him out for praise and said Tate would be part of the plan against Kansas City. Tate impressed with a leaping grab Friday.
- The Seahawks placed rookie tight end Anthony McCoy on injured reserve. They claimed 6-foot-7, 300-pound defensive end Clifton Geathers off waivers from Cleveland.
That's it from Renton. I'll be covering the Chiefs-Seahawks game Sunday before heading to Arizona for the Monday night matchup between San Francisco and Arizona.