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December 17, 2007

Mack Strong undergoes neck surgery

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 4:13 PM

The team announced Monday former fullback Mack Strong had undergone neck surgery.

Strong was diagnosed with a herniated disc in October after the Seahawks played in Pittsburgh. The hope then was the injury would not require surgery.

Strong experienced pain last week and underwent tests on Friday, which found the injured discs herniated further. He underwent surgery on Sunday, which removed a herniated disc and fused his third and fourth cervical vertebrae.

The team's announcement said, "He is resting comfortably and a full recovery is expected." Strong is expected to be discharged from the hospital on Tuesday.

No injuries from Sunday's game

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 3:51 PM

Coach Mike Holmgren said the team didn't suffer any injuries that will keep players out for the coming game.

"We got out of it just fine," Holmgren said.

He said WR D.J. Hackett and CB Josh Wilson are close to returning, Holmgren said, and they might get some work in practice this week. Reading the body language, that's a question mark. He did say that he will get them back on the field as soon as they're ready.

Holmgren was also asked whether he would rest any players now that Seattle no longer has the possibility of playing its way into a first-round bye in the playoffs.

"We haven't had those conversations yet as a coaching staff," Holmgren said. "And I probably won't talk a lot about that if we decide to do that."

That means that if anybody's getting the day off this week, we probably won't find out about it until this weekend but no decision has been made.

December 16, 2007

Running nowhere

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 7:30 PM

The temptation after Seattle plays a game like it did Sunday in Carolina is to proclaim the lack of a running game will be the death knell of this Seahawks' season.

After all, they were absolutely abominable on foot in Carolina. It's now been two months since the Seahawks had a player rush for 100 yards in a game and it would be difficult for Seattle to get much worse in short-yardage situations. Sisyphus had his rock, Seattle has third-and-1.

And this is the time of year when everyone starts talking about how a team must be able to run the ball to win the playoffs when the weather gets cold and defenses turn stout.

But how true is that old adage about the importance of running effectively as it relates to postseason success?

It's a question I wanted to ask in the column I wrote for today's paper, but I quickly realized that I wasn't going to have time to do the necessary research. I did last night before I went to bed, and now while my flight is delayed out of Cleveland, I'll take a stab at beginning to answer that question.

Seattle currently averages 93.4 yards per game, which ranks No. 24 in the league before the Monday night game between Chicago and Minnesota. The Seahawks average 3.6 yards per carry, which is the third-lowest average in the league.

Here's the Super Bowl participants from the past seven seasons with their regular-season rushing averages both by game and per carry, which shows that a dominant running game is not some sort of prerequisite for postseason success:

 
Year
 
Team
Rush yds.
per game
NFL
rank
  Rush yds.
per carry
NFL
rank
2006 Indianapolis 110.1 15   3.8 23
  Chicago 119.9 18   4 16
2005 Pittsburgh 138.9 5   4.1 12
  Seattle 153.6 3   4.7 2
2004 New England 133.4 7   4.1 18
  Philadelphia 102.4 24   4.4 10
2003 New England 100.4 27   3.4 30
  Carolina 130.7 7   4 17
2002 Tampa Bay 97.3 27   3.8 28
  Oakland 110.1 18   4.3 13
2001 New England 112.1 13   3.8 24
  St. Louis 126.7 5   4.9 1
2000 Baltimore 113.1 11   3.8 25
  N.Y. Giants 111.1 15   4.2 11

Now, this is not some sort of backhanded way of saying Seattle will make the Super Bowl. Let me repeat that, using bold-face type to make sure I'm not misunderstood: I'm not saying Seattle will make the Super Bowl.

What I am saying is that the frequently uttered assessment about the importance of running the ball in terms might be overstated as it relates to postseason success.

Of the past 14 Super Bowl participants, five ranked in the top 10 in rushing yardage per game during the regular season, seven ranked in the teens and three were in the bottom third of the league in that category.

A successful running game certainly appears to help a team go on a postseason run, but it doesn't appear to be some sort of prerequisite.

The Patriots won the Super Bowl in a season when they averaged 3.4 yards per carry, third-lowest in the league during the regular season. Tampa Bay won a Super Bowl in a season the Bucs didn't average more than 100 yards rushing per game in the regular season.

Game discussion

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 10:52 AM

This is an absolute slugfest ... between the punters.

Ryan Plackemeier vs. Jason Baker trading haymakers in the first quarter in which the two teams combined for seven punts and a total of three first downs. The Seahawks gave up a 54-yard completion to tight end Dante Rosario. It looked like Julian Peterson tried to jam him at the line either that or he expected Rosario to engage him on a block. Instead, Peterson was left chasing Rosario down the field on the longest offensive play allowed by the Seahawks this season. All that progress was negated when John Kasay's field-goal attempt got pushed to the left by the kicker.

The first play of the second quarter showed the difference in the Seahawks defense this season. The Panthers tried a flea-flicker, the running back taking the handoff and then lateralling the ball back to Matt Moore who threw deep for Steve Smith. The trick play has been the bane to this defense. The Super Bowl. The halfback pass for a touchdown against Minnesota last season. Well, this time not only was cornerback Marcus Trufant true to his assignment, sticking with Smith but Deon Grant wasn't fooled for a minute. He broke up the pace and very nearly intercepted the pass.

Halftime synopsis Seattle hasn't been shut out in the first half since the fifth game of the season when the Seahawks were held scoreless for four quarters in Pittsburgh. The Seahawks finished that game with 144 yards of total offense. They currently have 111. The Seahawks have 18 yards of rushing offense and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has 11 of them on a second-quarter scramble. Shaun Alexander carried four times for a total of 1 yard in the first half.

Third-and-one: It's more like third-and-done for Seattle. The Seahawks have ran the ball twice on third-and-one with two different backs and had two different negative plays. Maurice Morris lost one on third-and-1 to end Seattle's first possession of the game. Alexander just lost six to end Seattle's first drive of the second half. Left guard Rob Sims was beaten by Panthers tackle Kris Jenkins on the third-quarter play.

Post-game recap: The Seahawks gave up 13 points in the fourth quarter, the second-most they've allowed in that period all year. They gave up 14 in the final period of an overtime loss to Cleveland.

The Seahawks didn't have a sack in the game, and they're now 0-4 in games in which they fail to get to the opposing quarterback. Don't pin that entirely on the pass rush, though, because Carolina didn't have Matt Moore just drop back and sit in the pocket while his receivers ran deep routes. This was about quick drops, quick release and quick routes.

The loss, combined with Green Bay's victory over St. Louis, ends any chance Seattle has of earning a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs. The Seahawks are now tied with Tampa Bay with the third-best record in the NFC. Seattle owns the tiebreaker edge over the Bucs by virtue of a head-to-head victory in the season-opener.

I'll be getting to work on our newspaper coverage of the game and check in here later.

Russell will play

Posted by Jose Romero at 8:52 AM

Looks like Brian Russell, one of the Seahawks' starting safeties, is going to play today. He was questionable with a lower abdomen injury and didn't practice Thursday or Friday, and was a game-time decision.

Russell was just on the field running and backpedaling, and is not on the inactive list.

The Seahawks inactives today are WR D.J. Hackett, CB Josh Wilson, DE Jason Babin, OL Mansfield Wrotto, OL Ray Willis, WR Courtney Taylor, DL Ellis Wyms and Charie Frye is the third QB.

Testaverde inactive

Posted by Jose Romero at 8:41 AM

The Panthers have made QB Vinny Testaverde inactive after he didn't practice all week, so Matt Moore will start at quarterback for Carolina against the Seahawks today.

Moore, a rookie who was undrafted out of Oregon State, moved past David Carr on the team depth chart. He's played in six games this season and is 14 for 32 for 166 yards, no TDs and 3 interceptions. His quarterback rating is 21.1.

If the Seahawks do what they've been doing defensively with the sacks and quarterback pressure and turnover-forcing, this could be a blowout today.

December 14, 2007

Some Shaun Alexander tidbits

Posted by Jose Romero at 12:28 PM

-The Seahawks are 48-17 when Alexander scores one or more rushing TD.

-Alexander has 31 career rushing touchdowns in December, third-most all-time in the NFL and first among all active players. Emmitt Smith had 34 and Marshall Faulk 32 in December.

Russell questionable for Sunday's game

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 12:02 PM

S Brian Russell did not practice on Friday because of an abdomen injury. He is considered questionable for Sunday's game in Carolina. Russell missed the final two days of practice this week.

WR D.J. Hackett and CB Josh Wilson are out, which is not surprising. Those two players were ruled out as early as Wednesday.

Tackle Tom Ashworth returned to practice after missing two days with illness. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game. Other players who are probable: RB Shaun Alexander (wrist), DT Rocky Bernard (groin), S Mike Green (knee) and OT Floyd Womack (hamstring). Bernard is the only one of those players who did not practice on Friday.

For Carolina, WR Keary Colbert is considered doubtful after not practicing this week because of a knee injury. The Panthers listed G Jeremy Bridges, WR Dwayne Jarrett and QB Vinny Testaverde as probable. Testaverde did not practice.

Friday at practice

Posted by Jose Romero at 11:47 AM

Safety Brian Russell sat out with what a slight lower abdominal pull that has affected Russell in the past. Russell will be further evaluated and his playing status will be determined prior to Sunday's game.

It wasn't clear when Russell suffered the injury. Without him in practice Friday, the Seahawks used Jordan Babineaux and Mike Green in his place with the starting defense.

DT Rocky Bernard also didn't practice with a groin injury but is expected to play.

OT Tom Ashworth returned to practice after illness kept him out the past two days.

Game balls from last week's win went to CB Marcus Trufant on defense, RG Chris Gray on offense and RB Josh Scobey on special teams.

The Seahawks captains took time to present Holmgren with a framed photo montage of moments from last week's win, which made Holmgren the head coach with the most wins in Seahawks history.

"I gotta find a place for it," Holmgren joked. "The porch of the nursing home."

December 13, 2007

Thursday practice attendance: Gray, Russell sit out

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 3:25 PM

Tackle Walter Jones and safety Mike Green returned to practice on Thursday while guard Chris Gray and safety Brian Russell sat out the workout.

Wide receiver D.J. Hackett was watching practice from the sidelines, but he will be out for this week's game. Same for Josh Wilson, who was out with a quadriceps. Tackle Tom Ashworth was not at practice. He missed Wednesday's workout because of illness.

Thursday practice attendance: Gray, Russell sit out

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 3:25 PM

Tackle Walter Jones and safety Mike Green returned to practice on Thursday while guard Chris Gray and safety Brian Russell sat out the workout.

Wide receiver D.J. Hackett was watching practice from the sidelines, but he will be out for this week's game. Same for Josh Wilson, who was out with a quadriceps. Tackle Tom Ashworth was not at practice. He missed Wednesday's workout because of illness.

Update with explanations

Out: WR D.J. Hackett (ankle) and CB Josh Wilson (quadriceps).

Did not practice: T Tom Ashworth (illness), DT Rocky Bernard (groin), G Chris Gray (team decision) and S Brian Russell (abdomen).

Limited practice: S Mike Green (knee).

For Carolina:

Did not practice: WR Keary Colbert (knee) and QB Vinny Testaverde (team decision).

A view of the VMAC

Posted by Jose Romero at 1:09 PM

Seahawks players and coaches will visit the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, which is being built for the team in Renton, tomorrow afternoon on their way to the airport to go to North Carolina.

Coaches and players will walk through the indoor practice facility and view the outdoor practice fields. It will be their first visit to the complex, which is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2008 and will be the new Seahawks training and operations facility.

Hasselbeck's Decembers to remember

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 10:51 AM

One of the readers (12thmanforlife) asked about Matt Hasselbeck's career numbers in December. Well, being the closeted math nerd that I am, I've started breaking those down.

Now this may be a little bit pedantic for some, but it is kind of interesting because Hasselbeck has indeed been at his best in the second half of the season. The statistics are broken down by month. The "December" category includes the two regular-season games Seattle played in January in this time frame.

   
Comp. pct.
Pass yds.
per game
 
TDs
 
INTs
Passer
rating
September 61.3 211.8 29 16 87.6
October 57.3 206.5 24 22 76.3
November 61.6 234.5 37 17 89.6
December 62 238.9 46 27 89.4
December 12, 2007

Hasselbeck's SuperAd

Posted by Jose Romero at 6:25 PM

NFL.com has an ad campaign that lets fans vote on which player's personal story will run as a Super Bowl commercial. Matt Hasselbeck's story about when he knew he hadn't yet arrived in the NFL is one of nine finalists.

View it here http://superad.nfl.com/vote.php?vlf=&vt1=&vt2=&vt3=&vt4=&vid1=&ov1=&ov2=

Hasselbeck was pleasantly surprised to hear that his story had made it through to the finals.

"I really didn't have much of a story to tell," Hasselbeck said. He was watching teammate Nate Burleson going through some fan mail, and told Burleson a fan mail story of his own.

Burleson suggested Hasselbeck enter that story in the NFL's contest.

"Mine, I don't know if it's really heartwarming, mine's more making fun of myself," Hasselbeck said.

Practice attendance

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 4:19 PM

WR D.J. Hackett (ankle) and CB Josh Wilson (quadriceps) are out.

Did not practice: T Tom Ashworth (illness), DT Rocky Bernard (groin), S Mike Green (knee) and T Walter Jones (team decision).

Coach Mike Holmgren said during his press conference that anyone who got the day off was getting "a cookie" which is coach-speak for having a reprieve. Green and Bernard played last week despite missing practice time.

Carolina did not rule anyone out of the game. Three players did not practice: G Jeremy Bridges (tooth), WR Keary Colbert (knee) and QB Vinny Testaverde (team decision). As an editorial aside, it might be more accurate to list "age" as the reason for the 44-year-old Testaverde's absence from practice, but the Panthers announced it as a team decision so we'll stick with that.

Seahawks have a trick up their Steve

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 3:24 PM

Steve Smith didn't single-handedly carry Carolina into the NFC Championship Game two years.

He used both his hands to put the Panthers in Seattle back in January 2006, catching 12 passes for 218 yards and scoring twice to beat the Bears.

Coach Mike Holmgren had one contribution to the Seahawks' defensive game plan for the conference championship game, giving defensive coordinator John Marshall a non-negotiable element of the plan.

"I'm not going to tell you how to do it - because you know how to do it - but I don't want this young man beating us in the game," Holmgren said he told Marshall. "And I would like him to get banged on every play."

The result was a defensive game plan in which linebacker Kevin Bentley lined up at least half a dozen plays directly opposite Smith at the line of scrimmage with the intention of manhandling him early.

The result? Smith led the Panthers with five receptions but that added up to 33 yards.

"It was crazy, but it was effective," Carolina cornerback Ken Lucas said of Seattle's game plan. "You wouldn't think that they'd have put three or four people on one guy and that work. It was a hell of a game plan."

Smith has 745 yards receiving this season, which ranks No. 30 in the league. Is he still the kind of player who commands the extra attention the Seahawks dedicated to him two seasons ago?

"I think he does," Holmgren said. "That's me. He is an excellent, excellent player who can beat you by himself almost."

Marcus Trufant, NFC player of the week

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 2:00 PM

Marcus Trufant's career-high three interceptions and first NFL touchdown earned him the award as the NFC defensive player of the week this week. It's the first time Trufant earned that award and the second consecutive week a Seahawk defensive player was recognized. Lofa Tatupu was the NFC defensive player of the week after intercepting three passes in Philadelphia.

Trufant is also a candidate for the Home Depot "Neighborhood MVP" finalists. Here's a link to the video on NFL.com that details Trufant's contributions. The volunteer work is being done on a playground at West Seattle Elementary.

Here's a link to where you can vote from among the finalists.

D.J. Hackett, Josh Wilson out for this week

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 1:05 PM

Coach Mike Holmgren said WR D.J. Hackett and DB Josh Wilson are recovering quicker than expected, but both will miss htis week's game. It will be the third game Hackett missed since reinjuring his right ankle. Wilson will miss his second game because of a pulled quadriceps.

December 11, 2007

Playoff synopsis

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 7:15 PM

As the records stand now in the NFC, the Cowboys and Packers would have a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs, the Vikings would play at Seattle in one wild-card game and the Giants would play at Tampa Bay in the other wild-card game.

No. 1 seed: Dallas (12-1)

Remaining opponents: vs. Philadelphia (5-8), at Carolina (5-8), at Washington (6-7).

The stretch run: The Cowboys are 12-1 for the time in franchise history and they are in control of the chase for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

No. 2 seed: Green Bay (11-2)

Remaining opponents: at St. Louis (3-10), at Chicago (5-8), vs. Detroit (6-7).

The stretch run: The Packers' head-to-head loss to Dallas means the Cowboys must lose at least twice for Green Bay to have a chance to become the No. 1 seed.

No. 3 seed: Seattle (9-4)

Remaining opponents: at Carolina (5-8), vs. Baltimore (4-9), at Atlanta (3-10).

The stretch run: Seattle is guaranteed at least one home playoff game and would earn a first-round bye if it catches Green Bay in the standings. That's because the Seahawks would hold the tiebreaker edge of having a better conference record if they're tied with the Packers.

No. 4 seed: Tampa Bay (8-5)

Remaining opponents: vs. Atlanta (3-9), at San Francisco (3-10), vs. Carolina (5-8).

The stretch run: The Bucs close out the regular season with games against three of the four lowest-scoring teams in the conference. Tampa Bay needs at least two losses by Seattle for the Bucs to improve to the No. 3 seed in the NFC.

No. 5 seed: New York Giants (9-4)

Remaining opponents: vs. Washington (6-7), at Buffalo (7-6), vs. New England (13-0).

The stretch run: Giants' playoff seeding is pretty well secured. They can't win the division and have a two-game lead on the Vikings for the fifth seed so it's pretty safe to pencil the Giants in for a trip to Tampa Bay to play on wild-card weekend.

No. 6 seed: Minnesota Vikings (7-6)

Remaining opponents: vs. Chicago (5-8), vs. Washington (6-7), at Denver (6-7).

The stretch run: Three NFC teams are 6-7, one game behind Minnesota. One of those is Washington, which plays at Minnesota next week in a game that could decide the conference's final playoff berth.

Jeff Robinson replaces Boone Stutz as Seattle long-snapper

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 3:05 PM

The Seahawks released Boone Stutz today, the team just announced. It signed Jeff Robinson.

Stutz's first snap with Seattle was low, skipping past punter Ryan Plackemeier on a play that turned out to be the first touchdown in New Orleans' victory in Seattle. And on Sunday, he snapped high on an extra-point attempt the Seahawks missed.

Robinson is 37 and was born in Spokane. He most recently played in St. Louis in 2005. Here's a link to his profile on Yahoo.com.

The Seahawks sack-dance king

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 11:26 AM

Steve Goodman is from up in Mountlake Terrace, and he was inspired by Jerry Brewer's column from Monday's paper on Patrick Kerney and he left this little ditty as a voice message that I converted to an mp3.

Here's a link to Brewer's column on Kerney, who leads the NFL with 13.5 sacks.

Mike Holmgren, cleaning up in Green Bay

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 10:47 AM

A fine, fine former copy editor at The Seattle Times forwarded me a link to this clip, which includes Mike Holmgren sweeping floors, Reggie White as coach and Brett Favre getting called "Bert" by Holmgren. It's from a movie called "Reggie's Prayer."

December 10, 2007

Don't forget about Big Walt

Posted by Jose Romero at 8:45 PM

I did when I first blogged about the Seahawks' Pro Bowl candidates. My apologies and way to call my attention to it by the readers.

"Big Walt" would of course be left tackle Walter Jones, who goes to the Pro Bowl every year. He's probably going to be there again as one of those guys on the offensive line whose play is so dominant year after year that he gets voted in year after year.

Jones might not quite be as dominant as he was in his younger days, but he is still playing at a high level.

Coach Mike Holmgren's thoughts on Jones:

"A lot's expected of him. The bar is so high with him and...he does make some things look a little easier than a lot of guys. He's very precise with his movements. He doesn't have to waste a lot of time. He's technically very sound."

Holmgren explained how Jones has been limited in practice time lately with a sore shoulder.

"He is a little bit banged up and he's played a long time. but as far as on Sunday how he grades out, he does and excellent job still. He's a talented man so I would say he's having a typical Pro Bowl Walter Jones season."

Mike Holmgren, head coach and hall monitor

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 4:25 PM

I received several e-mails asking about an argument that television cameras captured on the Seahawks sideline during Sunday's game.

Coach Mike Holmgren said there wasn't much to it. It occurred when Darren Krein, Seattle's assistant strength and conditioning coach, was shepherding the team personnel to stay back on the sideliens. during the fourth-quarter skirmish between center Chris Spencer and defensive tackle Darnell Dockett.

"So they're trying to get everyone back," Holmgren said of Krein and Mike Clark, the other strength coach. "And somebody says, 'I'm back.' "

Not back far enough from Krein's perspective apparently and the argument ensued.

"Here we are in the third grade," Holmgren said. "So I went and grabbed them both and told them, 'Be quiet and stay behind the line.' "

Holmgren said that answer should answer any inquiries about the whole thing.

"So you can e-mail those folks back and say I've handled it, you know," Holmgren said. "No recess for the next 10 days."

Of course, squelching a disturbance over sideline protocol is not something Holmgren wants to spend his time doing during a game.

"I did mention " in a nice way of course " to those fellas, I am coaching a game here," Holmgren said. "So let's kind of relax a little. I don't really need this right now."

Playoff positioning clarified

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 4:19 PM

Clinching the division puts the Seahawks in the playoffs and as it stands right now, they would be the third seed and hosting a playoff game against Minnesota, which is 7-6.

Now, Seattle still has a chance to earn the No. 2 seed in the conference, which would bring with it a first-round bye in the playoffs. That would require at least two Green Bay losses, though. The Packers are currently 11-2, the Seahawks 9-4. If they finished tied, though, the Seahawks would hold a tiebreaker edge because of a better conference record.

Both Green Bay and Seattle currently have two losses to NFC opponents. The Packers played three NFC opponents in their final three games, the Seahawks play two conference teams. For the Seahawks to even have a chance at tying Green Bay, the Packers must lose at least two games, which would guarantee that Green Bay finishes with a worse NFC record than the Seahawks.

Seattle could fall to the fourth seed behind Tampa Bay, but for that to happen the Seahawks would have to lose at least twice. The Bucs are one game behind Seattle, but the Seahawks' season-opening victory over Tampa Bay would give Seattle the tiebreaker advantage should the Seahawks and Bucs finish with identical records.

Seahawks to try out long-snappers, punters

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 3:07 PM

Coach Mike Holmgren just finished with his Monday press conference, and he said no roster changes have been made, but the Seahawks will be trying out punters, long snappers and defensive backs among other positions on Tuesday.

Long-snapper Boone Stutz had a good game for the most part, Holmgren said, until the missed extra-point attempt.

Holmgren said defensive back Josh Wilson and wide receiver D.J. Hackett are recovering quicker than expected, but he gave no timeline for the return of either. He said no one suffered injuries in Sunday's game that will entail missing the next game at Carolina.

"I'll start off by happily saying we're about as healthy as we've been all season," Holmgren said to begin his Monday press conference.

That's the personnel update, I'll be back in a little bit with a few news updates.

December 9, 2007

Pro Bowl voting

Posted by Jose Romero at 7:32 PM

There was a lot of talk in the locker room after the game about getting QB Matt Hasselbeck into the Pro Bowl. It got me to thinking about some other possibly deserving Seahawks.

Hasselbeck -- 62.3 completion percentage, 24 TDs to 10 INTs, 91.9 passer rating.

MLB Lofa Tatupu -- Has been to the past two Pro Bowls. 94 total tackles to lead the Seahawks. 4 INTs, 9 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles.

DE Patrick Kerney -- 13.5 sacks leads the NFL.

WR Bobby Engram -- Leads Seahawks with 76 catches for 929 yards and has 5 TDs.

CB Marcus Trufant -- 7 INTs (second-most in the NFL). 68 total tackles is second on the Seahawks.

LB Julian Peterson -- Went to Pro Bowl last season. 9 sacks, 2 INTs, 13 hurries, 4 forced fumbles.

Please feel free to make a case for these guys or anyone else. Fan voting online at NFL.com ends Tuesday.

Game discussion

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 1:02 PM

The Seahawks turned an interception by Deon Grant into a 3-0 lead, failing to score after they got the ball as far as the Arizona 3. Shaun Alexander was tackled for a loss of 2 yards on second and goal.

Seahawks got their first pressure on Kurt Warner the second possession, Julian Peterson knocking him down after forcing a quick pass to tight end Leonard Pope.

The Seahawks took a 10-0 lead on Nate Burleson's 7-yard touchdown catch, which is the exact opposite of what happened the first time around against Arizona earlier this season. The Cardinals jumped out to a 17-0 lead in that game before Seattle scored 20 consecutive points.

One note worth mentioning: Seattle's first offensive play from scrimmage was a pass to Nate Burleson. The Seahawks have started with a pass on their first play in every game since the season-opener against Tampa Bay.

Second-quarter update: Hasselbeck passed for his second touchdown of the game, giving him 22 this season. The franchise record for touchdown passes in a season is 32. Hasselbeck's career high is 26, which he set in 2003.

People like to say that a player is "unconscious" when he's in the midst of an incredible performance. I've never understood that. Unconscious in my mind applies someone who's not engaged, unplugged and otherwise out of it. So some might say Hasselbeck is unconscious. Not me. He is hyper-conscious right now. The guy has completed 13 of 15 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns. His passer rating right now is 158.3, which is perfect.

Great third-quarter outtake: It appeared refrees were going to penalize Darnell Dockett for a low hit on Hasselbeck. Instead, the flag was picked up and the referee turned on his microphone to explain there was no penalty for a low hit because the quarterback jumped in the air. Well, Hasselbeck was standing right next to the referee and offered a quick response that was carried through the stadium because the mic remained on. "I jumped so he wouldn't take my knee ..." Hasselbeck said and then the microphone was cut off.

Fourth-quarter thoughts Patrick Kerney has put together his third three-sack game of this season and he has 10 sacks during Seattle's five-game winning streak. Josh Scobey tackled punter Mitch Berger in the end zone for Seattle's first safety since 2003.

Marcus Trufant has a career-high six interceptions this season, and he scored his first touchdown on Sunday, returning his fourth-quarter pick 84 yards.

Post-game recap: The Seahawks did score on a safety, but that was last year's playoff game. Those aren't recorded as regular stats, but Kenneth makes a good point. They did score on a safety last season in the playoffs. I'll check in after the game with some thoughts.

Larry Fitzgerald active, Anquan Boldin out

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 11:49 AM

WR Larry Fitzgerald warmed up at Qwest Field so expect him to be active. And just as I typed that we got the list of inactive players for Sunday's game. Fitzgerald is active, returning to the lineup after missing last week's game with a groin injury. Anquan Boldin, however, is out. He suffered a dislocated toe in last week's game.

Seattle's inactives: WR D.J. Hackett, CB Josh Wilson, DE Jason Babin, G Mansfield Wrotto, T Ray Willis, WR Courtney Taylor, DE Baraka Atkins and QB Charlie Frye (emergency quarterback).

Arizona's inactives: S Bhawoh Jue, FB Tim Castille, FS Aaron Francisco, G Elton Brown, WR Anquan Boldin, DE Bo Schobel, DT Ross Kolodziej and QB Tim Hasselbeck (emergency quarterback).

Oliver Celestin will start at strong safety in place of Francisco for the Cardinals and Bryant Johnson will start at wide receiver in place of Boldin.

Seattle Southwest

Posted by Jose Romero at 11:27 AM

The Cardinals' roster features five former Seahawks, and two ...quot; defensive end Joe Tafoya and strong safety Oliver Celestin ...quot; are starters because of injuries.

Other former Seahawks with the Cardinals are backup defensive linemen Chris Cooper and Rodney Bailey and injured wide receiver Jerheme Urban.

Tafoya and Bailey were with the Seahawks during the Super Bowl year, as was Urban, who began his career with Seattle in 2003. Cooper made the team out of training camp in 2006, and Celestin appeared in 13 games last season.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt called Tafoya and Celestin "fantastic." The two were mainly special teams players in Seattle; Tafoya has helped fill the void left by the season-ending injury to star defensive end Bertrand Berry and Celestin is in for strong safety Adrian Wilson, another star who is on injured reserve.

"Joe's done a very good job in his role in what we've asked him to do," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "You know he's going to be in the right spot. You know that he's going to work as hard as he can to make the play, and Oliver's the same way."

Whisenhunt called Tafoya and Celestin "character guys" and players he can count on.

The Cardinals also have a former Seahawks assistant coach, defensive backs coach Teryl Austin.

December 7, 2007

Boldin, Fitzgerald questionable

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 2:51 PM

Seattle

Out: WR D.J. Hackett (ankle) and CB Josh Wilson (quadriceps).

Probable: RB Shaun Alexander (wrist), DT Rocky Bernard (groin), S Mike Green (knee), LB Will Herring (hamstring), T Walter Jones (shoulder) and C Chris Spencer (oblique).

Arizona

Out: DT Ross Kolodziej (quadriceps) and S Aaron Francisco (calf).

Questionable: WR Anquan Boldin (toe) and WR Larry Fitzgerald (groin). Both were limited in practice.

Probable: WR Jerheme Urban (heel) and QB Kurt Warner (elbow). Both practiced on Friday.

Game balls

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 1:45 PM

Coach Mike Holmgren handed out game balls for Sunday's victory.

Offensive game ball went to Bobby Engram, special teams to Kevin Bentley and his game-saving tackle of Brian Westbrook and defense -- shockingly enough -- went to Lofa Tatupu.

Chris Spencer returns to practice

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 1:38 PM

Center Chris Spencer returned to practice on Friday and is expected to play Sunday against Arizona. He missed the past two days because of an injured oblique. With his return, Chris Gray returns to right guard. Ray Willis spent some time at right guard during practice this week, but that was more to rest Gray than prepare Willis for time this week.

Safety Mike Green missed his second consecutive practice because of a sore knee, but he is expected to play Sunday said coach Mike Holmgren.

Walter Jones did not practice -- which is not unusual -- but is expected to be fine to play.

WR D.J. Hackett and CB Josh Wilson are the only two players Holmgren said are out for Sunday's game.

December 6, 2007

Brother to brother

Posted by Jose Romero at 5:23 PM

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt guaranteed his team would see a lot of Hasselbeck this week in practice. How could he not? Tim Hasselbeck, younger brother of the Seahawks' Matt, is their No. 3 quarterback.

Matt Hasselbeck said he'd take phone calls from Tim this week, but there would be no talk about football.

"It's a dangerous situation," Matt said while wearing a T-shirt that said 'Don't Hassel the Hoff.' "I can't even tell my mom about injuries because it goes right down the chain."

Practice attendance

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 3:35 PM

Did not practice: C Chris Spencer, CB Josh Wilson, DT Rocky Bernard, S Mike Green and WR D.J. Hackett. Hackett is in a plastic walking boot, not on crutches, which is a positive sign that he could be back before too long. He hasn't been officially ruled out of this week's game, but it's not very realistic to think he'll play. Coach Mike Holmgren said after the injury he would miss at least two weeks. This is the second week since the injury.

Update: Green sat out practice with a knee injury.

Arizona's practice: DT Ross Kolodziej (gesundheit, quadriceps), S Aaron Francisco (calf) and WR Anquan Boldin (toe) did not practice. WR Larry Fitzgerald was limited with a groin injury. But everyone can stop holding their collective breath over the status of the other wide receiver. Jerheme Urban fully participated in practice.

From the NFL personnel deparment

Posted by Jose Romero at 3:19 PM

The Seahawks had the following players in for a tryout this week:
Curran, Dan RB New Hampshire
Davis, Tommy DE North Carolina
Hickman, Justin DE UCLA
Holt, Cedrick DB North Carolina
Lucas, Enoka G Oregon
Mitchell, Shirdonya DB Missouri
Underwood, E.J. DB Pikeville

Lucas played center at Oregon. The Seahawks might have been looking for some insurance there with Chris Spencer not practicing this week and Chris Gray the only available backup.


Bobby's photography, and a local event

Posted by Jose Romero at 1:36 PM

I guess Bobby Engram is a shutterbug...this from the Seahawks today.

Seattle Seahawks WR Bobby Engram has partnered with Canon to showcase
his talents as a photographer, the team announced today.

Engram has been interested in photography for a while but started devoting more of his free time to learning the craft in the past year-and-a-half.

"My hobby as a photographer is a great non-contact sport," said Engram. "I have a new appreciation for the professional sports photographers who line the sidelines on game day."

Engram teamed up with NFL and Seahawks partner Canon to capture the imagination and excitement of an NFL season off the field with his Canon EOS 5D camera.

"I like to shoot nature because it is beautiful around here. I am constantly taking pictures of my kids and my teammates," said Engram. "I love to take photos of these guys in scenarios and situations throughout the week that fans normally
can't see. Those are the type of images fans will be able to see on the website."

Bobby's behind-the-scenes photos from the 2007 season can be viewed at www.seahawks.com/canon.

Also, my appreciation to Michael Barbre from the 88 Keys Dueling Piano and Sports Bar near Qwest Field. He's been very persistent in trying to get the word out about his event, so here's some info:

WHO: Members of the Sea Gals Dance Team

WHAT: Sea Gals Calendar and Autograph Rally for the Seahawks' AWAY game against the Carolina Panthers

WHERE: 88 Keys Piano & Sports Bar

315 2nd Avenue South, Pioneer Square

Seattle, WA 98104

WHEN: Sunday, December 16th, 2007

9am-2pm


December 5, 2007

Cardinals practice report

Posted by Jose Romero at 6:21 PM

Former Seahawks WR Jerheme Urban was limited with a heel injury.

Now for the guys you really want to know about: WR Anquan Boldin missed practice with a toe injury, and WR Larry Fitzgerald was limited with a groin problem. Those guys are questionable to play at this point, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said today.

"We're going to plan like we're going to have them and then if they don't play, we'll just have to execute with the guys behind them," Whisenhunt said.

Those guys would be Sean Morey, Bryant Johnson and Steve Breaston.

Jim Mora, mentioned as candidate for UCLA job

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 4:50 PM

Seahawks assistant head coach Jim Mora is being mentioned as a candidate for the coaching job at UCLA, which is open after Karl Dorrell was fired earlier this week. The Los Angeles Daily News reported Mora was among the candidates being considered. A link to the story is right here.

Coach Mike Holmgren mentioned in his press conference on Wednesday the Seahawks had been contacted by a college about a member of his coaching staff. He did not say which coach or school, but he did say he was sure it wouldn't be the last inquiry.

Colleges are not required to request permission to contact a member of an NFL coaching staff (NFL teams are required to make that request) but Holmgren said some schools do follow the protocol of notifying the NFL team.

Kerney honored, too

Posted by Jose Romero at 3:30 PM

The NFL is expected to name Seahawks DE Patrick Kerney as the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November. The official announcement should come tomorrow.

Kerney had seven sacks for the month, all in three games. He also had an interception and a forced fumble.

Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren recognized both Lofa Tatupu (NFC Defensive Player of the Week) and Kerney after practice Wednesday, which drew a loud cheer from their teammates.

In practice today, K Josh Brown wasn't present because of an excused absence. CB Josh Wilson, C Chris Spencer, WR D.J. Hackett and DT Rocky Bernard missed practice because of injuries, and LB Will Herring was limited.

Healthy dose of humor

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 2:43 PM

The NFL does the best job of covering itself of all the professional sports leagues. Now, that's not always a good thing for reporters covering the team. For one thing, that's a reason why we're limited to 45 seconds per day of audio from the team.

But the NFL's coverage of itself does open up some very revelatory moments as well. NFL.com posted a 2 minute clip that concludes with a very entertaining snippet from coach Mike Holmgren's post-game address to his team. You have to sit through an advertisement first, but then it starts with a great outtake of Julian Peterson explaining he didn't need sleeves Sunday in Philadelphia. Here's the link to the clip right here.

"I suppose no one cares about me. And my heart. My age. Holy smokes. One thing about this football team, no one can ever say we're not interesting."
-- Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, Dec. 2

Tatupu: NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Posted by Jose Romero at 12:24 PM

The NFL announced today that Seahawks MLB Lofa Tatupu is the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his three-interception performance last Sunday at Philadelphia.

It's the first time Tatupu has received the honor. He's the first Seattle LB to be honored since Chad Brown in Week 17 of 2003.

The Seahawks have had two other NFC Players of the Week this season, both on special teams. They are LB Lance Laury in Week 3 and WR-PR-KR Nate Burleson in Week 7.

Hobbs to active roster

Posted by Jose Romero at 11:15 AM

The Seahawks made a couple of roster moves today, signing CB Kevin Hobbs off the practice squad to the 53-man active roster and adding former Washington State CB Omowale Dada to the practice squad.

Hobbs was on the active roster for four weeks earlier this season after starting on the practice squad, then was released before the Nov. 12 game. He came back to the practice squad on Nov. 14.

Dada was in training camp with the Seahawks this year before being released Sept. 1.

December 4, 2007

Supersub Mac is back...to free agent status

Posted by Jose Romero at 10:51 PM

The Seahawks waived reserve FB Fred McCrary Tuesday, according to the NFL Network and the team Web site.

Seahawks.com also said Josh Scobey, a former special teams standout with Seattle in 2005 and 2006, has been re-signed. Scobey takes the place of S C.J. Wallace, who was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury he aggravated Sunday in Philadelphia.

Here's a profile I wrote about Scobey two years ago.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/seahawks/2002682287_hawk14.html

When McCrary joined the Seahawks Oct. 9 following the placement of Mack Strong on injured reserve in October, he said the words "Supersub Mac is back."

McCrary was used exclusively on special teams the past three games with the emergence of David Kirtman as the backup fullback.

Scobey, who turns 28 next Tuesday, was released Sept. 25 by the Buffalo Bills. A special teams captain for Seattle in Super Bowl XL, he played in 28 games for the Seahawks, returning 76 kicks for 1,641 yards (21.6 avg.) with a long of 53. Scobey also had 35 special teams tackles.

Originally drafted in the sixth round (185th overall) by the Arizona Cardinals, he has played in 55 career games.

December 3, 2007

Pro Bowl pair might miss game

Posted by Jose Romero at 10:01 PM

In a week where the Arizona Cardinals could really use their Pro Bowl receivers, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, there's a chance one or both might not play Sunday against the Seahawks.

This according to the Arizona Republic. http://www.azcentral.com/sports/cardinals/articles/1203boldintoe.html

The Seahawks can clinch the NFC West title, their fourth in a row, with a win Sunday over Arizona.

C. Spencer oblique injury, expected back

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 2:42 PM

Center Chris Spencer missed Seattle's final two series after suffering an injury to his oblique. Coach Mike Holmgren said he's not sure Spencer will be able to practice on Wednesday, but said the recent history of that injury on the team leads him to believe Spencer will be able to play on Sunday against Arizona.

"He gets to be the oblique player of the week," Holmgren said of Spencer.

Matt Hasselbeck suffered an oblique injury against St. Louis before the bye. Then Patrick Kerney suffered it and then Lofa Tatupu last week against the Rams. All three players missed some practice time, but none were forced to miss a game.

"Our training staff has done a nice job," Holmgren said. "You've got to rest it a little bit, and then they came back and play. And they've all come back and played."

Cornerback Josh Wilson suffered a pulled quadriceps in his right leg during the game, which Holmgren said was the most significant injury the team suffered Sunday. Safety C.J. Wallace reinjured the knee that was hurt earlier this season.

Linebacker Will Herring is expected back for this week's game, which will help bolster the Seahawks special teams. Left tackle Walter Jones missed three plays because of pain in his knee. Holmgren described it as a tweak. Jones returned to play the final three quarters. He said there was no indication the injury will affect his availability for next week's game.

Floyd Womack played three positions during Sunday's game. He replaced Jones at left tackle for three plays in the first quarter. He stepped in for Rob Sims at left guard and played right guard the final two series of the game when Chris Gray moved to center after Spencer was injured. Holmgren said Womack will continue to be part of the rotation.

Eagles quarterback was more than a quarter bunk Sunday

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 1:50 AM

I've said this from day one. In any team I have every coached: The quarterback plays well we have a chance to win. We don't always win, but we have a chance to win. If the quarterback has one of those kind of funky days, we have no chance to win.

That's how important that position is.


    -- Seattle coach Mike Holmgren

Holmgren said those words months ago before he ever got an eyeful of that abomination of a game A.J. Feeley authored in Philadelphia on Sunday and Eagles coach Andy Reid could find himself saying "Amen" to that appraisal after Sunday's game. No one would blame him for choosing other four-letter alternatives, either. Not after that kind of game.

One week after Feeley played as well against New England as anyone has all year, he was absolutely awful. And he was as big a reason Seattle won Sunday in Philadelphia as anyone.

Matt Hasselbeck played an overall pedestrian game. He completed 10 of his first 13 pass attempts and then only nine of his next 21 [Editor's note: A bleary-eyed Danny O'Neil posted this morning that it was nine of his next 13. The post is corrected to account for his simple mistake. Hard to believe, but math was once considered his strength. He has regressed, however, to the point he now refers to subtraction as addition's tricky little friend and he botches simple half-by-half statistical calculations. Our apologies.] He passed for a couple touchdowns, but was picked off once.

Linebacker Lofa Tatupu played a great game with three interceptions, and deserves praise for reading the quarterback on those three picks. Feeley deserves a huge chunk of blame, though, because Tatupu didn't have to do much more than raise his arms to pick off those balls.

Seattle scored touchdowns off Feeley's first two interceptions, which were the reason Seattle led by four points at halftime despite having only 138 yards of offense. Feeley's final interception came with Philadelphia in Seattle's red-zone and 11 yards away from the game-winning touchdown.

Feeley's performance is a big reason why quarterback controversies are usually pretty silly. People have been speculating that Donovan McNabb's career may have run its course in Philadelphia and there are plenty of people in that city who have complained about his performance this season.

And yes, the Eagles have a second-round pick waiting in the wings, but Feeley's status as a backup shows Reid must feel Feeley -- and not Kolb -- gives the team a better chance to win. Then he goes out and turns that must have Eagles fans pleading with McNabb to come back.

"Lost that Lovin' Feeley," read the headline on the back of the Philadelphia Daily News, which is that city's tabloid.

Hard to top the first three paragraphs of the Daily News' game story for the sheer disdain:

It wasn't the dumbest loss of the season.

Hard to top the season opener at Green Bay for that honor. Losing solely because you can't field punts, well, that trumps just about anything else that might come up.

But this was close, this dagger-to-the-guts, 28-24 Eagles setback to the Seattle Seahawks that occurred because A.J. Feeley hit Seattle linebacker Lofa Tatupu in the chest with passes not once, not twice, but three times, the last on third-and-7 from the Seahawks' 11 with 14 seconds remaining. On the final pick, Feeley was trying to hit Reggie Brown, as he had for a touchdown a week earlier at New England, but Feeley failed to notice the 242-pound linebacker standing between them. (Feeley also threw a third-quarter pick to linebacker Julian Peterson, perhaps mistaking him for Tatupu.)

As far as Monday's menu, Holmgren will hold his press conference at 2:15 as usual, but I expect the players will get the day off after winning on the road for the second consecutive week.

In the meantime, I'll leave you the audio file of what has to be my favorite quote of this season so far. It's an mp3 file of linebacker Leroy Hill talking about Seattle's strength in goal-line situation. With that, I leave you until this afternoon.

December 2, 2007

A few more things from the game

Posted by Jose Romero at 5:44 PM

Some stuff I couldn't fit into tomorrow's notebook, for your reading pleasure...

-Josh Wilson was on crutches in the locker after the game. He pulled his right quadriceps early in the game and did not return.

-LT Walter Jones is fine. He missed a few plays early in the game but said he just had to walk it off.

-Not sure exactly what C Chris Spencer's injury is, though Holmgren said it was his oblique (back) muscle that forced him out of the game late.

-Did you see when Matt Hasselbeck tried to hit Tom Ashworth in the back of the end zone on the Seahawks' first series of the game? Ashworth is a backup tackle who has lined up at tight end before with the Patriots, his former team, and has one career TD catch.
"Tommy went up gracefully for the ball, he can do that," coach Mike Holmgren said. "He's got good hands, and then Matt was throwing for the back pylon and it was close. But Tom has caught passes before in this league and he'll probably catch another one hopefully this season."
Wouldn't that be interesting?

-Eagles WR Kevin Curtis apparently knows the Seahawks well from his four previous NFL seasons as a St. Louis Ram. He caught six passes for 111 yards including a touchdown.

-Eagles RB Brian Westbrook said he felt he was hit late on his long punt return near the end of the game.

- Lincoln Financial Field recently got a new grass surface, and Holmgren was quite satisfied with how it held up in the sleet and rain Sunday.
"I thought the field was in great shape. Someone needs to get a pat on the back for that," Holmgren said. "This field, I thought, allowed the players to play. There might have been a little bit of slipping and sliding but not much. It was cold and kind of nasty but both teams, we could play a football game."
Eagles players were satisfied with the field conditions, but Hasselbeck said the footing was tough though he'd seen worse.

-Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, the National League MVP, was in attendance and got a standing ovation when showed on the big screen.


-Eagles LB Takeo Spikes is a crazy dresser. He had a chinchilla hat and coat on for a TV appearance, something that maybe Zsa Zsa Gabor would wear.

Game discussion

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 10:35 AM

The Seahawks scored 14 points the first 10 minutes of the game, their most in any opening period this season. The previous best was 10 points against San Francisco on Nov. 12.

Lofa Tatupu intercepted two passes in the first quarter, meaning in the five quarters he's played in Philadelphia in his career he has three interceptions and one touchdown. He returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown during Seattle's 42-0 shutout in 2005.

Update: Left tackle Walter Jones left the game toward the end of the first quarter. Trainers were looking at his left leg on the sidelines. He's now back on his feet. Floyd Womack replaced Jones during the Seahawks' final series of the first half.

Jones has missed some practices the past couple weeks, but that has more to do with his sore shoulder. Jones returned to the field for the first play of the second quarter.

Second-quarter update: Josh Brown just missed a 40-yard field-goal attempt, the fifth attempt he missed in the past four games. The snap looked good on the kick, but Brown missed it wide left.

Womack for Rob Sims: Floyd Womack replaced Rob Sims at left guard during Seattle's second possession of the second quarter.

Tough quarter for Kelly Jennings: He was beaten by Kevin Curtis for one touchdown and penalized for pass interference on a play in the final 2 minutes of the second quarter, setting up first-and-goal for Philadelphia.

Goal-line stand: With first-and-goal at the Seattle 1, the Eagles tried to go through Seattle's defense, running up the middle with Brian Westbrook. No gain. Then the Eagles tried to go over Seattle's defense, throwing a pass toward tight end L.J. Smith at the back of the end zone. Incomplete. The Eagles tried to They tried to go over it when Westbrook leaped toward the end zone only to be stopped just short. Finally, Philadelphia tried to go around Seattle, running Westbrook wide to the right only to be stopped short of the goal line.

The Seahawks made their third memorable goal-line stand of the past two games. They held the Rams to a field goal last week after St. Louis got the ball as far as the Seattle 1 and then forced a turnover on downs on St. Louis' potential final possession. Then came the first-half stand that kept Seattle in front.

Rob Sims starts second half: Sims, not Womack, was at left guard to start the second half. Bobby Engram fumbled the ball on Seattle's second play from scrimmage.

Post-game conclusion:

Chris Spencer was out the final two series with an injury to his oblique. Chris Gray replaced him and Womack came in to play right guard after that injury.

McNabb, two other starters out for Philadelphia

Posted by Danny O'Neil at 8:42 AM

Donovan McNabb is inactive for Sunday's game, missing the second consecutive game because of ankle and thumb injuries. The ankle is the issue, specifically, his lateral movement. A.J. Feeley will start his second consecutive game at quarterback.

Two other starters are out for Philadelphia: defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley and strong safety Quintin Mikell are both inactive. Kimo von Oelhoffen will start at tackle in Bunkley's place and J.R. Reed will start at strong safety.

No surprises on Seattle's inactives. QB Charlie Frye is the emergency quarterback, WR D.J. Hackett, FB David Kirtman, DE Jason Babin, LB Will Herring, G Mansfield Wrotto, T Ray Willis, DT Howard Green are inactive for Seattle.

Philadlephia's inactives: McNabb, Mikell, RB Tony Hunt, G Max Jean-Gilles, G Scott Young, DE Victor Abiamiri, DT Montae Reagor and Bunkley.

Feeley will start at quarterback with Kevin Kolb as the backup. The Eagles did not designate an emergency quarterback so McNabb is not going to be in uniform.

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