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August 10, 2008 3:18 PM

Plack is back -- 8.10.2008 P.M. practice

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Punter Ryan Plackemeier has been activated from the physically unable to perform list and participated in the Seahawks' special teams practice Sunday afternoon.

Plackemeier is in his third season and suffered a torn pectoral muscle during the team's June workouts and required surgery. He has been doing rehabilitation work, but Sunday was the first day he was eligible to participate in practice.

"How well he'll punt, I don't know," said Bruce DeHaven, Seattle's special teams coach. "But in terms of physically being able to punt, I think he's in pretty good shape now from what I hear."

Plackemeier had a few wobbly kicks during Sunday's practice, but stayed afterward along with several players and his final kick of the afternoon was a booming one.

Reggie Hodges was Seattle's only punter with Plackemeier out. His first punt in Friday's exhibition game was a 55-yarder.

Coach Mike Holmgren said that Plackemeier has been ordered not to tackle anyone during the exhibition season.

  • The Seahawks allowed a kickoff return past midfield and a punt return of 24 yards, but that's not as much an indication of Seattle's performance on special teams. DeHaven uses the exhibition games to find young players with the combination of aggressiveness and ability to be special-teams contributors. That's how C.J. Wallace really distinguished himself last season.

    As for Friday's game?

    "I found some guys that wanted to go down in there and hit somebody," DeHaven said. "And that's what I'm looking for in the exhibition season. "

    It's a philosophical approach DeHaven learned while coaching under Marv Levy in Buffalo.

    "You threw all the young guys out there, take your lumps, and hopefully find some guys that might be able to help you," DeHaven said. "And if one of those rookies are going to have to be out there, I want to give them as many reps in the preseason as I can. I'm figuring the veterans have a little bit of an idea how to do it."

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    Posted by Keith

    4:22 PM, Aug 10, 2008

    Good to hear about Plack.

    Thanks for the info on the special teams, without knowing that watchign the game it was a little frustrating.

    Posted by DaddyHawk

    7:44 AM, Aug 11, 2008

    I agree about Trufant. He did not live up to the hype of his contract for sure... It is still early...That touchdown pass to Tapeh was made possible by Trufant over commiting to the run. Check out the new look over at the12thhawk.blogspot.

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