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December 31, 2006

Playoff time

Posted by Jose Romero at 5:23 PM

So there you have it, Seahawks-Cowboys. Should be a fun one. You have to cringe at the thought of the Seahawks sending Kelly Jennings and Jordan Babineaux in there against Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn. But Babineaux has made big plays before against the Cowboys (remember last season at Qwest?) and Jennings has been pretty sound in his two games of extended action. So we'll see.

The Cowboys aren't exactly coming to Seattle on a high note. They've lost three of their last four games.

The Seahawks needed a win today, I felt, even though some guys downplayed it. And they did what they had to do. The defense is playing better, save for a long run or pass play here and there, and the offense might finally be starting to click.

On a personal note, Happy New Year to all the readers and fans and thanks for your time and support this season. May you ring it in with style and good fortune.

Herndon carted off

Posted by Jose Romero at 10:42 AM

The Seahawks have lost CB Kelly Herndon to a left ankle injury. Herndon was carted off the field moments ago for X-rays and his return is officially questionable, but it appears he won't be back.

Jimmy Williams has stepped in at right cornerback, moving Kelly Jennings, who is starting in place of the injured Marcus Trufant, from right cornerback to the left side.

Live from Tampa ... it's Mike Alstott Day

Posted by Jose Romero at 9:06 AM

With the plethora of Mike Alstott No. 40 jerseys seen around Raymond James Stadium this morning, and that the local media is playing up the fact that today could be the final game in the 11-year career of the veteran fullback, it seems today is the day to celebrate the career of the six-time Pro Bowl player.

"I'll always be a Buccaneer," Alstott told the Tampa Tribune.

It's a warm and humid day, too bad I'm here today and gone very early tomorrow morning. The sun is out and it's going to be at least 80 degrees.

The Seahawks will play without right guard Chris Gray in the starting lineup for the first time in 121 straight regular-season games. Gray is inactive, so Floyd Womack moves from left guard to right guard, and Rob Sims starts at left guard.

Michael Boulware remains in the starting lineup at safety.

Other Seahawks inactives: WR Darrell Jackson (a Tampa native), QB David Greene, CB Marcus Trufant, DB Rich Gardner, FB David Kirtman, OT Ray Willis and TE Itula Mili.

December 29, 2006

Some picking Bucs to win

Posted by Cathy Henkel at 3:45 PM

PICKING SEATTLE

The Seahawks are in the playoffs as NFC West champions even though they have lost three consecutive games. They'll be looking for some post-season momentum against a Buccaneers team that has averaged only 13.6 points a game, but has 53 over the last two. The pick: Seattle. The Seahawks' starters might not rest as they try to turn things around for the playoffs.
--Peter Yoon, Los Angeles Times

Sad news. Jon Gruden has been officially stripped of his boy genius title. Seahawks 29. Bucs 14.
--Ron Green Jr., Charlotte Observer

Seattle 24, TAMPA BAY 20 --The underachieving Seahawks are due for a solid game and the 3 1/2-point spot is a bonus. Seattle leads the series 5-1.
--Bob Matthews, Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle

PICKING BUCS

Seahawks are NFC West champs, but they're stumbling into playoffs. Last thing they needed is cross-country trip before playoff opener, which will be at home.
The pick: Bucs 24, Seahawks 13.
--Terry Bannon, Chicago Tribune

How was Jon Gruden to know he could make the playoffs at .500 or worse? He might have gone to Tim Rattay earlier if he did. The pick: Bucs, 21-10.
--Dave Goldberg, Associated Press football writer

Gray downgraded, Tobeck upgraded

Posted by Jose Romero at 11:47 AM

Right guard Chris Gray, the Seahawks' ironman, could have his team-record streak of 121 straight starts broken this week.

Gray missed practice all week with a deep thigh bruise and has been downgraded from probable to questionable. Floyd Womack worked at right guard in Gray's absence. Womack played left guard earlier this season, but he has been limited by injury.

The Seahawks also elevated C Robbie Tobeck from out for this week to probable after a medical examination revealed that the cavity from his left hip infection had filled. It's not a given Tobeck will play, so expect Chris Spencer to remain at starting center with Tobeck able to fill in at guard or center if needed.

December 28, 2006

The lighter side of practice

Posted by Jose Romero at 2:01 PM

The Seahawks typically forbid reporting on the ongoings in practice unless someone gets hurt or misses a workout, or coach Mike Holmgren addresses an observation directly.

That means I can't say much, but the mood in practice today was definitely light and easy-going.

It shows that the Seahawks are a pretty relaxed bunch, and the urgency of winning is there but not evident in player attitudes. This is a good locker room with no strife, on the surface, and players buckle down when they have to.

There is a time to be serious. Work has to get done. But there's also something to be said for keeping it light and humorous. The Seahawks are good at that.

This will be just the second of three two-day trips for Seattle this season. The Seahawks left on a Friday for a Sunday game in Detroit and will do so for Tampa Bay. For all other away games, the Seahawks have left on Saturdays. They always fly back to Seattle right after games.

December 27, 2006

High ankle sprain for Trufant

Posted by Jose Romero at 12:48 PM

That's the diagnosis, and Mike Holmgren is hoping for a miracle, as he put it. Without Trufant, the Seahawks will go with Kelly Jennings at cornerback along with Kelly Herndon.

Holmgren said he will stick with Michael Boulware at safety despite the fact that Boulware blew the coverage on the Chargers' game-winning touchdown pass on Sunday.

And the Seahawks aren't going to rest starters Sunday at Tampa Bay, Holmgren said. He said the Seahawks need to go for a win and get some momentum going into the playoffs.

Trufant doubtful

Posted by Jose Romero at 11:56 AM

Looks like it could be a serious ankle injury for Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant, who was carted off the field during last Sunday's game and didn't return. We'll know for sure what is the nature of his injury in a few minutes when coach Mike Holmgren's news conference starts.

WR Darrell Jackson is also doubtful for this week with his lingering toe injury. This week's game is rather meaningless, so it will be interesting to see what personnel decisions are made. Last year, the Seahawks played their starters for a half at Green Bay before sending in reserves in a game that meant nothing as far as playoff positioning.

Also looking to see whom the Seahawks added to the roster in place of DE Robert Pollard, who was released.

December 26, 2006

Playoff scenarios

Posted by Cathy Henkel at 11:43 AM

NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS


NFC:

Clinched: Chicago - North Division and homefield advantage

New Orleans - South Division and first-round bye

Seattle - West Division

Dallas - playoff berth

Philadelphia - playoff berth

Eliminated: Detroit, Arizona, Tampa Bay, Washington, Minnesota,

San Francisco.



DALLAS COWBOYS

Dallas clinches East Division:

1) DAL win + PHI loss or tie

2) DAL tie + PHI loss

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Philadelphia clinches East Division:

1) PHI win

2) DAL loss

3) PHI tie + DAL tie

NEW YORK GIANTS

NY Giants clinch a playoff berth:

1) NYG win + NYG clinch strength of victory tiebreaker over GB**

2) NYG win + GB loss or tie

3) NYG tie + GB loss or tie + STL loss or tie + ATL loss or tie +

CAR loss or tie

4) GB loss + STL loss + ATL loss + CAR loss

**NY Giants clinch strength of victory tiebreaker over Green Bay if:

a) DET loses OR

b) MIN loses OR

c) any two of the following results occur: ARI loss, MIA loss, SF loss,

CAR win, HOU win, TB win.

If NY Giants and Green Bay end up tied in strength of victory, then tie

will be decided by best strength of schedule.


GREEN BAY PACKERS

Green Bay clinches a playoff berth:

1) GB win + NYG win + GB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over NYG**

2) GB win + NYG loss or tie + STL loss or tie

3) GB win + NYG loss or tie + CAR win

4) GB win + NYG loss or tie + ATL win

5) GB tie + NYG loss + STL loss + ATL loss or tie + CAR loss or tie

**Packers clinch strength of victory tiebreaker over NY Giants if all of the

following occur: ARI win, DET win, MIA win, MIN win, SF win, CAR loss,

HOU loss, TB loss.

If Green Bay and NY Giants end up tied in strength of victory, then tie

will be decided by best strength of schedule.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Carolina clinches a playoff berth:

1) CAR win + NYG loss or tie + GB loss or tie

2) CAR tie + NYG loss + GB loss + STL loss or tie + ATL loss or tie

ATLANTA FALCONS

Atlanta clinches a playoff berth:

1) ATL win + CAR loss or tie + GB loss or tie + NYG loss or tie

2) ATL tie + CAR loss + GB loss + NYG loss + STL loss

ST. LOUIS RAMS

St. Louis clinches a playoff berth:

1) STL win + NYG loss or tie + CAR loss or tie + ATL loss or tie

2) STL tie + NYG loss + CAR loss + ATL loss + GB loss or tie

AFC:

Clinched: San Diego - West Division and first-round bye

Indianapolis - South Division

Baltimore - North Division

New England - East Division

Eliminated: Oakland, Cleveland, Houston, Miami, Buffalo, Pittsburgh.



SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

San Diego clinches homefield advantage:

1) SD win or tie

2) BAL loss or tie

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches homefield advantage:

1) BAL win + SD loss

Baltimore clinches a first-round bye:

1) BAL win or tie

2) IND loss or tie

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Indianapolis clinches a first-round bye:

1) IND win + BAL loss

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver clinches a playoff berth:

1) DEN win or tie

2) KC loss or tie

NEW YORK JETS

NY Jets clinch a playoff berth:

1) NYJ win or tie

2) CIN loss or tie + JAC loss or tie

3) CIN loss or tie + TEN win

4) DEN loss + JAC loss



CINCINNATI BENGALS

Cincinnati clinches a playoff berth:

1) CIN win + NYJ loss

2) CIN win + DEN loss + KC win



TENNESSEE TITANS

Tennessee clinches a playoff berth:

1) TEN win + CIN loss or tie + DEN loss + KC win

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Jacksonville clinches a playoff berth:

1) JAC win + NYJ loss + CIN loss or tie + TEN loss or tie

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Kansas City clinches a playoff berth:

1) KC win + CIN loss or tie + DEN loss + TEN loss or tie


December 24, 2006

Silent night

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 7:46 PM

Perhaps the biggest commentary on how much has changed in a year is the tenor of the Seahawks' postgame comments. Everyone was finding ways to extricate a positive out of a game in which the Seahawks had the rug yanked out from under them.

Coach Mike Holmgren said, "I thought they battled them toe to toe pretty good today. A real football team in San Diego, and we had a chance to win it."

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said, "I feel at times that we were starting to play our brand of football. I thought we had a chance to win this game against a really good team."

OK, you get the picture. The Seahawks did play better. They came back against a team that is very well put together and held a fourth quarter lead. Of course, they blew a fourth-quarter lead for the third time in three games, but that's another story.

Afterward, linebacker Lofa Tatupu was wearing one of the shirts for the division winners.

"It's so negative after every loss," Tatupu said. "I figured, you know what, we got some good news."

That would be San Francisco's loss to Arizona. The Seahawks don't have to go to Tampa Bay next week with their playoff fate hanging in the balance. They've won the division and they'll play a home game in the first round of the playoffs, but less than a minute stood between the Seahawks and a victory over a team that hadn't lost since October and Seattle let it slip away.

"We deserved to win that game," linebacker Julian Peterson said. "We didn't. Hats off to them though, ut we should have won that."

Just rain

Posted by Jose Romero at 12:08 PM

That's all there is today, normal Northwest rain. No snow, no hail, no ice. No wild winds or power outages as was the case in the past two home games.

It's the regular-season home finale today at Qwest Field. There's a giant banner hanging from the roof on the east side of the stadium that says "Our MVP, Thanks Fans!"

No surprises on the inactive list for today. Rob Sims starts for Pork Chop Womack at left guard, and Darrell Jackson is out for a second straight week. TE Itula Mili, back in practice after three games out with a concussion, is also inactive.

The Chargers won't have the services of LB Randall Godfrey, a former Seahawk, today. Godfrey has a bad hamstring.

December 22, 2006

Friday in Kirkland

Posted by Jose Romero at 1:34 PM

Seahawks LG Floyd Womack and WR Darrell Jackson missed practice today. Jackson isn't likely to play and Womack will be a game-day decision.

Rob Sims would replace Womack in the starting lineup. Nate Burleson starts for Jackson.

That's the real news of the day.

Also, coach Mike Holmgren said WR Bobby Engram is feeling good and reduced the intake of his thyroid medication this week. Holmgren said Engram is still "a little rusty" but is feeling strong. We'll see if Engram gets more than the five snaps (and no catches) he had last Thursday.

December 21, 2006

Four days til XMAS

Posted by Jose Romero at 3:26 PM

Shaun Alexander spoke today and said he is feeling fresh. He said this is the first week of practice for him without having to sleep with a bone machine next to his left foot.

Alexander cracked a bone in the foot earlier this season and missed six games.

"This is the best that I've felt the whole time," he said.

DE Robert Pollard returned to practice after missing Wednesday's session, and TE Itula Mili is back after three missed games with a concussion.

On a personal note, I'd like to say thanks to Josh, a producer at KJR, for coming through with the San Diego Super Chargers song on CD. He played it on a show earlier this week and brought the CD to practice today. You might recall me mentioning how much I enjoyed the disco beat of the song in a blog item from earlier this week, now I can hear it when I want! Anyone got any ideas for a Seahawks theme song?

December 20, 2006

The injury situation

Posted by Jose Romero at 1:12 PM

For this week:

C Robbie Tobeck (hip) is out. WR Darrell Jackson (toe) is doubtful. DT Rocky Bernard (right foot), DE Robert Pollard (knee) and LG Floyd Womack (groin) are questionable.

Coach Mike Holmgren said Bernard might have benefited most from the extra time off the Seahawks had since their last game. He might practice this week after not practicing in recent weeks.

Pollard and Womack might also practice a little this week and will be game-day decisions.

WR Bobby Engram should see his snaps increased this week, Holmgren said.


December 19, 2006

Charge it

Posted by Jose Romero at 11:32 AM

Are the 2006 Chargers the Seahawks of last season? Similar record, star running back, who is a top MVP candidate, town going crazy with their winning, etc.? Talk amongst yourselves.

Yes, people in San Diego are apparently head over heels for the powder-blue and gold, as this story in the San Diego Union Tribune explains. Merchandise is flying off the shelves.

As for football, the Chargers didn't wrap up a first-round bye or home-field advantage throughout postseason because the Indianapolis Colts won Monday night.

As for the Seahawks, today Pro Bowl rosters are announced. Check it out on NFL Network at 1 p.m., if you have it. It'll be interesting to see which Seahawks are voted in, if anyone. NFL.com charted the top vote-getters, and no Seahawks were on the lists.

December 18, 2006

Super Chargers

Posted by Jose Romero at 11:40 AM

Some football fans don't like the San Diego Chargers' theme song, "San Diego Super Chargers." Me? I can dig it. A good disco beat, good vocals, sounds like something Earth, Wind and Fire might do. Just an opinion.

The greater Seattle area could probably use some of that Chargers lightning bolt action. There are still places without power, and one of those, apparently, is Seahawks headquarters in Kirkland. At least that was the word I got earlier this morning.

Not sure what the Seahawks will be doing today. Coach Mike Holmgren said on his radio show on KIRO that there would be some weightlifting for the players, and that they would start practicing on Wednesday in preparation for the Chargers on Christmas Eve.

Maybe the extended break from practice will be a good thing for the team.

December 14, 2006

One word: Wow.

Posted by Jose Romero at 10:39 PM

I have to admit I'm a little stunned. I really thought the Seahawks would win this game fairly handily.

I figured I'd be writing about a third straight division title and a fourth straight playoff appearance. I'm still pretty sure I will write about those things before this season is over, but not this night. And not for another 10 days.

This team just doesn't have it right now. There are many comparisons made to last season, and that's fair to a certain extent, but like a lot players say, your record is indicative of the kind of team you are.

Maybe this is payback for those close wins the Seahawks had earlier in the season. Maybe the football gods are making the Seahawks pay for all the breaks they had in their final-minute wins before the Arizona game.

Whatever it is, everyone can see that the Seahawks are struggling. Hard to tell what happened to the defense in the fourth quarter, perhaps they got tired having to be on the field so much with the offense struggling. And the offense? An inconsistent running game and turnovers just aren't going to get it done, no matter what team they play or what that team's record is.

The Seahawks can only hope that the Christmastime brings more cheer.

Power outage!

Posted by Jose Romero at 4:36 PM

The stadium just lost power, as the lights flickered and the scoreboard and big screens just turned off. One is back on, at the north end zone, and the field lights are still on with power still available in the press box, but the surrounding downtown is in the dark.

The fans just let out a huge roar, the few that are in their seats. The field is completely drenched. with no dry spots to be found.

The weather now at Qwest

Posted by Jose Romero at 3:50 PM

The rain stopped for a second there, but it's back. They just flashed a message on the scoreboard here at Qwest Field that instructed fans to stay in their seats in the event of a power outage.

The stadium is equipped with backup power sources that will allow the game to continue, the advisory said.

Mercer Island native David Kirtman won't get a chance to make his NFL debut today, as he is on the inactive list along with former UW player Marquis Cooper. Both were signed to the Seahawks' 53-man active roster earlier this week.

Other Seahawks inactives: C Robbie Tobeck, G Floyd Womack, WR Darrell Jackson, TE Itula Mili, amd DT Marcus Green. David Greene is the emergency third QB.

The weather stands at 52 degrees with rain and 94 percent humidity. The wind speed is currently 18 miles per hour so nothing crazy in the air yet.

December 13, 2006

A McKnight in shining armor

Posted by Jose Romero at 1:49 PM

Not former Seahawks WR James McKnight, but R & B singer Brian McKnight, who is scheduled to perform the national anthem tomorrow night before the Seahawks-49ers game.

The news from Wednesday was sparse. The Seahawks treated today's practice like a Friday session during a normal week with a game on Sunday. So practice was just over an hour long and the players were on their way out of headquarters shortly thereafter.

Regarding injured players, coach Mike Holmgren said. DT Rocky Bernard will play though he hasn't practiced all week. LG Floyd Womack has less than a 50-50 chance to play, while DE Joe Tafoya is on the plus side of that.

WR Nate Burleson will continue to return punts and kicks even though he's expected to start in place of the injured Darrell Jackson. And WR Bobby Engram will play for sure, as the team already has a plan as to how to use him in the game.

Holmgren was encouraged by the way the team practiced during the short week of preparation and is glad that the team is still in position to control its own fate as far as a division title and the playoffs.

Holmgren compared the Seahawks' tumultuous, unpredictable season with the way the weather has been at home games in 2006. There has been sun, rain, snow and quite possibly high winds tomorrow night.

Depending on how the Seahawks play, Holmgren will decide how much, if any, time off for the team over the weekend.

December 12, 2006

Tuesday injury report

Posted by Jose Romero at 1:53 PM

There are seven Seahawks on the injury report this week:

WR Darrell Jackson (left big toe), TE Itula Mili (concussion) and C Robbie Tobeck (left hip infection) are out. WR Bobby Engram (thyroid), DT Rocky Bernard (right foot) and LG Floyd Womack (groin) are questionable. DE Joe Tafoya (right calf) is probable.

Kirtman activated, Cooper signed

Posted by Jose Romero at 1:23 PM

The Seahawks made roster moves Tuesday, sending linebacker D.D. Lewis to injured reserve with a toe injury that never improved and signing former UW linebacker Marquis Cooper to the active roster.

Seattle also signed fullback David Kirtman from the practice squad to the active roster. Kirtman, the team's 2006 fifth-round draft pick from USC and Mercer Island, takes the place of DT Craig Terrill, who was placed on injured reserve.

The Seahawks now have 9 players on injured reserve, which means they are done playing for the season because of injury.

The 6-foot-3, 213-pound Cooper, 24, was a third-round choice by Tampa Bay in 2004.

49ers reading material

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 10:43 AM

The 49ers haven't won since they beat the Seahawks back on Nov. 19, and quarterback Alex Smith has been intercepted seven times in the team's past three losses. That means the Bay Area discussion today is dominated by whether Smith should be replaced by Trent Dilfer, the former Seahawk who is now the 49ers backup. Here's a story on Smith from the San Jose Mercury News focusing on that topic. Here's a story from the San Francisco Chronicle in which coach Mike Nolan was vehement in sticking by Smith and having him learn from the mistakes. The Sacramento Bee also has a story on Smith comparing his approval rating to that of George W. Bush. Smith was the league's No. 1 overall draft pick in 2005.

In another note, wide receiver Antonio Bryant was benched for the first series of Sunday's loss to Green Bay because he was late for a team meeting. Story is here from the San Jose Mercury News.

December 11, 2006

Jackson out for this week; Terrill to IR

Posted by Jose Romero at 2:51 PM

It's a short week for the Seahawks with their game against San Francisco Thursday night, and the injury news isn't good.

Before discussing those, however, coach Mike Holmgren went over the team's plan for the week of practice. Players were given today off from field work after watching game film from the Arizona game, then will practice Tuesday and Wednesday before Thursday's game.

Their will be two practices Tuesday, much like a Thursday during a normal week, and one practice on Wednesday, which is similar to a Friday before a Sunday game.

Holmgren is trying to make the week as similar to a regular week as possible while allowing the players to recover from Sunday.

Wide receiver Darrell Jackson will need the time, and it still might not be enough. The NFL's leader in touchdowns among wide receivers (10) has a turf toe, or pain from jamming one of his big toes on Sunday, and Holmgren doesn't expect Jackson to play Thursday.

Jackson was hurt on his last catch of Sunday, a 23-yard play late in the fourth quarter. Nate Burleson will replace Jackson in the starting lineup, and Holmgren is hopeful that Bobby Engram can finally return for duty this week.

Defensive tackle Craig Terrill tore a ligament his right knee and will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Terrill becomes the eighth Seahawk to be lost for the year with injury.

Starting left guard Floyd Womack has a groin problem and is "iffy" for Thursday. If Womack can't play, rookie Rob Sims will take his place.

Defensive end Joe Tafoya is also questionable with a calf injury.

Holmgren said the plan for now is to work second-year defensive end Robert Pollard into the rotation at defensive tackle to replace Terrill's spot. Pollard could also play defensive end if Tafoya is unavailable.

The Seahawks might also make a roster move.

Seahawks on NFL Network

Posted by Jose Romero at 1:55 PM

They will be on Thursday, live, against the San Francisco 49ers. But before that, fans can see a replay of Sunday's Seahawks loss to Arizona on the network at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

The game will be shown in a condensed, 90-minute program.

December 10, 2006

Offense to be introduced

Posted by Jose Romero at 12:02 PM

The Seahawks' offense is to be announced during pregame introductions today, about a half-hour from now.

The inactive players for Seattle are QB David Greene (third quarterback), LB D.D. Lewis, C Robbie Tobeck, T Ray Willis, DE Robert Pollard, WR Bobby Engram, TE Itula Mili and DT Marcus Green.

The Cardinals' new stadium is a beautiful place. It doesn't appear they'll open the roof for today's game, although temperatures outside are only in the 60s with a nice wind.

The statue in honor of the late Pat Tillman, located outside of the entrance gates, is a nice tribute. But unfortunately, there are no details about Tillman's life or football days posted with it.

December 8, 2006

Turkey time

Posted by Jose Romero at 1:29 PM

The weekly game ball awards for victory had a different twist Friday.

WR Darrell Jackson won for offense, K Josh Brown for special teams and DT Russell Davis for defense.

Jackson and Brown received commemorative footballs. Davis, however, got a turkey for his troubles.

Yes, a frozen Thanksgiving turkey.

Coach Mike Holmgren explained, to the sheer delight of the entire team after practice, that Davis played his best game of the season in last week's win at Denver. But he got a turkey for being one of two veterans to fall for a practical joke that is a Seahawks annual Thanksgiving tradition.

Usually the joke works on rookies, who haven't a clue. But Davis went to a local grocery store to claim his free turkey after being prodded by teammates, and the store didn't have such an agreement with the team.

"Gobble, gobble, gobble," Holmgren chortled as he handed Davis the turkey. He did promise a real ball would come later, however.

FB Mack Strong practiced for the first time this week Friday and figures to play Sunday despite a sore ankle. WR Bobby Engram practiced all week but isn't expected to play until next week. Engram recently stopped taking medication for a thyroid problem that affected his energy level.

Holmgren also explained to the team that the Arizona game will be a "real" road game, as opposed to the sparse crowds at the Cardinals' former home, Sun Devil Stadium, where Seahawks fans were aplenty. The Cardinals have a new stadium that has been sold out all season.

December 7, 2006

Fisher's future

Posted by Jose Romero at 4:11 PM

Bryce Fisher still has a lot of football to play in the NFL, but he has already taken steps toward a career in broadcasting when his playing days are over.

The 29-year-old defensive end from Renton did a couple of days' work with the NFL Network on TV this past offseason. And on Tuesday of this week, he stepped in for Dave "Softy" Mahler on KJR-AM for all three hours of the program.

Fisher took calls and talked about life in the NFL from a players' perspective. He also spoke with regularly scheduled guests.

Fisher said he likes radio better than television and that he's interested in pursuing a career in that field after football.

Tuesday is typically the players' day off, but Fisher used his to do the show. He has his own live segment Tuesdays with Mahler, during which he brings a teammate along to be a guest on the show.

Not much from Thursday's practice. The same five players who didn't practice Wednesday were out Thursday -- Mack Strong, Robbie Tobeck, D.D. Lewis, Itula Mili and Rocky Bernard. LB Julian Peterson was back from an excused absence.

Burleson honored

Posted by Jose Romero at 12:50 PM

The NFL announced today that Seahawks return man/wide receiver Nate Burleson was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November.

Burleson had 14 punt returns for 193 yards and an NFC-best 13.8-yard return average, including a 90-yard touchdown against St. Louis on Nov. 12. He added five kickoff returns for 129 yards and a 25.8-yard return average.

The punt returned for a touchdown was the only such score in the NFC in November.

In his fourth pro season, this is Burleson's first Player of the Month Award.

December 6, 2006

Sean Locklear back in starting lineup

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 1:03 PM

Sean Locklear is expected to return as the starting right tackle this weekend, but Tom Ashworth will also see some playing time. Locklear was in uniform on Sunday after missing the previous four games, one because of a league suspension and three because of a high ankle sprain.

Wide receiver Bobby Engram is questionable for this week, and now it's a question of when he feels his stamina and strength have returned. He is recovering from a thyroid problem, and his test results have improved to the point that he can stop taking some of the medication that hindered his performance. Now, it's just a matter of Engram feeling strong enough to play, which Holmgren said he thought was unlikely this week.

Center Robbie Tobeck began his rehabilitation from an abscess in his hip, and Holmgren said that he lost about 15 pounds. He is listed as doubtful for this week.

Fullback David Kirtman may be signed to the active roster off the practice squad later this week, depending on Mack Strong's recovery from an ankle injury. Holmgren also indicated there may be more roster moves on Wednesday so stay tuned.

Injury list released

Posted by Jose Romero at 11:04 AM

Here it is, the first injury report of the week:

Seahawks: LB D.D. Lewis (toe), TE Itula Mili (concussion) and C Robbie Tobeck (hip) are doubtful. WR Bobby Engram (thyroid) and FB Mack Strong (ankle) are questionable. DT Rocky Bernard (foot) is probable.

Cardinals: DT Kendrick Clancy (ankle) is doubtful. RB Marcel Shipp (ribs) is probable.

Weeks, Green added to 53

Posted by Jose Romero at 9:54 AM

The Seahawks announced that they have signed RB Marquis Weeks to the 53-man active roster, along with DT Marcus Green, who was signed from the New York Giants' practice squad.

Weeks was signed from the Seahawks' practice squad. He'd been on the active roster from Sept. 30 to Nov. 21 and played special teams. He'll resume that role with Josh Scobey now on injured reserve.

Green is a 6-foot-1, 285-pound rookie from Ohio State.

The Seahawks also signed QB Gibran Hamdan, who had been on the active roster until Tuesday, to their practice squad. Hamdan was on the 53-man roster from Oct. 24 to yesterday.

December 5, 2006

Scobey to IR, Hamdan released

Posted by Jose Romero at 4:10 PM

The Seahawks have some roster decisions to make after the team announced the designation of special teams standout Josh Scobey to injured reserve and the release of QB Gibran Hamdan. Both were on the team's 53-man active roster.

Scobey broke a bone in his upper arm on Sunday night in Denver. Hamdanwas signed as insurance at quarterback after Matt Hasselbeck was injured in October and never appeared in a game, though he made some nice catches in practice while serving as a scout team receiver.

Checking in on the Cards

Posted by Jose Romero at 3:59 PM

Here's a story in the Arizona Republic from today that says the Cardinals found some positives from their road win over St. Louis on Sunday and are playing better of late. To say nothing of the fact that they also helped the Seahawks' cause by taking out the Rams.

The story also mentions DL Chris Cooper, whom the Seahawks released on Sept. 23 to activate WR Deion Branch. Cooper, a free-agent acquistion, made the team out of camp and the exhibition season but never played in a regular-season game.

December 4, 2006

Mack Strong could be back, Josh Scobey won't

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 2:52 PM

The initial worry was fullback Mack Strong suffered a high ankle sprain on Sunday, but coach Mike Holmgren said at his weekly news conference that's not the injury Strong has. Holmgren did not specify exactly what the injury was, but indicated it was more like he rolled the ankle. Strong has a chance to play in this week's game at Arizona.

Running back Josh Scobey injured his shoulder on Sunday, and he suffered a broken bone. Scobey was a special-teams captain for the Seahawks.

Holmgren said he saw center Robbie Tobeck on Monday. He said Tobeck has responded well to the antibiotic treatment for his hip abscess and now it is a matter of rebuilding strength and stamina. Holmgren said the hope is Tobeck will be able to return before the end of the season.

Holmgren also clarified the penalty against the Seahawks in the final minute, which required the team to use its final timeout to avoid a 10-second runoff of the clock. Holmgren said Spencer did not snap the ball on the correct count so everyone else had moved.

December 3, 2006

Brrrrr!!!!

Posted by Jose Romero at 4:23 PM

It's really all I can say. It's colder than the Monday night game last week in Seattle. No snow though.

There are more Seahawks fans in Denver than I would have imagined. It seems like I see a group of Hawks fans at every road game, but the short flight from Seattle must be the reason for the numbers.

The inactives for tonight are WR Bobby Engram, QB Gibran Hamdan, LB D.D. Lewis, C Robbie Tobeck, T Ray Willis, DE Robert Pollard, TE Itula Mili, and QB David Greene, who is the emergency third quarterback.

Chris Spencer makes his fourth straight start at center for Tobeck, and Tom Ashworth, who played college football at nearby Colorado, makes his sixth consecutive start at right tackle for Sean Locklear. Locklear is active for the first time since Oct. 22.

December 1, 2006

Duc gets his due

Posted by Jose Romero at 1:27 PM

The Seahawks held a nice ceremony after practice today honoring their coordinator of field maintenance, Duc (pronounced "Duke") Dinh. The team presented Dinh with a framed photo collage from the the snowy Green Bay game Monday night, one photo which shows Dinh shoveling snow off one of the yard lines during a break in the game action.

The diminuitive Dinh said a few words in acknowledgement, to the delight of players and coaches, and bid them good luck in the Seahawks' chase for a championship. He received an ovation from the team and took a picture with the recipients of this week's game balls for the Green Bay win, RB Shaun Alexander, CB Marcus Trufant and LB Lance Laury for special teams.

"Bless his heart, he's the hardest-working guy in the building," coach Mike Holmgren said. "That was fun."

In other news, QB Matt Hasselbeck took snaps for the first time this week and looked well doing it. Holmgren said Hasselbeck will be fine despite the bruise on his non-throwing hand.

CB Kelly Herndon practiced for the first time on an injured toe but is expected to play, as are DT Rocky Bernard (sore right foot) and DB Jordan Babineaux, who missed practice Friday and was added to the injury report as probable with a shoulder injury.

Babineaux, a starter at safety, injured his right shoulder in a game about a month ago but never missed playing time. It's not known yet if this is the same shoulder, but he was injured in a collision in practice Thursday.

RT Sean Locklear practiced for the first time in several weeks because of sprained ankle, and worked sparingly with the scout team. Holmgren said he is close to coming back but his status will be determined Sunday. Still, Tom Ashworth is expected to start again on Sunday at right tackle.

WR Darrell Jackson practiced for the first time this week on a sore right knee, which came from the Monday night game. Holmgren wants Jackson, who is probable, to be fresh for Sunday.

Finally, WR Bobby Engram will have his thyroid tested again on Monday to see if it is responding to medication. Engram has been practicing but not playing in games.

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