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August 10, 2008 11:16 AM

Hasselbeck, Tatupu among absences -- 8.10.2008 A.M. practice

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The Seahawks were missing more than one-quarter of the players on the roster for Sunday's morning practice, which was held without pads. There were seven new absences, players who were injured to at least a small degree in Friday's exhibition game in Minnesota.

Coach Mike Holmgren said after practice that the injuries were bumps and bruises, nothing that should keep players out for any extended period. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck hurt his back and was not on the field for practice, but he could be back as soon as Money, Holmgren said. Linebacker Lofa Tatupu sat out with a sore knee, but he, too, could be back Monday. Linebacker David Hawthorne -- one of the standouts in Friday's game -- sat out with an injured foot. Holmgren said he thought somebody stepped on it during the game, but he's expected back this week.

New absences: WR Joel Filani (leg), T Will Robinson (ankle), T Ray Willis, WR Bobby Engram, Hasselbeck, Tatupu and Filani. I'll post updates on the injuries to Willis and Engram later, but there was no indication either was serious.

Logan Payne practiced, but he was wearing a red jersey denoting no contact to protect the broken rib he suffered in the team's scrimmage on Aug. 2.

The Seahawks morning practice was without pads. The best competition was between wide receiver Jordan Kent and cornerback Kelly Jennings. The two dueled on a number of patterns. Kent caught a pair of tipped balls, one while on his back to beat Jennings. Jennings battled well to bat away a deep pass intended for Kent. Jennings made up ground on that play, which is really something considering Kent's speed. After Jennings batted the ball away, Holmgren urged Kent to go up and use his size to carve out space to make the catch.

Kent caught the first touchdown in Friday's exhibition game, an impressive catch in which he got behind the defender and then leaped to make the catch. He didn't stick out so much after that, and he dropped one catchable ball. Kent's not only fast, but he's got such a long stride that defenders don't always realize how fast he's moving until he's by them. Football coaches like to talk about a receiver's ability to get separation, creating distance between himself and the defender. Kent's speed gives him that ability.

Update, 11:40 a.m.: The Seahawks have eight linebackers currently on the roster. Only four practiced on Monday with Tatupu, Hawthorne, Eric Wicks and Matt Castelo injured. There are 81 players on the roster. Five of those are specialists. Of the other 76 players, only 56 practiced on Monday.

Stands to reason the Seahawks would join the chorus of NFL teams grumbling abou the 80-man roster, right? Well, not really, no. And other teams aren't grumbling too much either. Wonder why?'s John Clayton reports the commissioner told teams to can the complaining about the limits on roster size. Isn't that a coincidence? Here's a link to Clayton's report right here.

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Posted by SJWRick

2:46 PM, Aug 10, 2008

I'd be back as soon as Money myself!

Posted by No.12

5:10 PM, Aug 10, 2008

The league owners make the rules, not the Commissioner, so if this 80 man camp roster doesn't work, they should switch back.

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