We’ll start with the news on Patrick Kerney, whose shoulder is more seriously injured than initially thought and who will be heading to Birmingham to be examined by Dr. James Andrews, who did the surgery to repair the labrum in Kerney’s shoulder in the offseason. (Is it just me, or is Dr. Andrews making a killing off the Seahawks this year? He should just move to Seattle and become their team doc.)
Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said the medicine that Kerney had taken during the game last week, when he injured the shoulder, started to wear off as the week progressed, and that’s when Kerney’s shoulder became increasingly sore. Holmgren said they will know more on Kerney next week.
He said he actually watched Baraka Atkins more this week than he did Lawrence Jackson and Darryl Tapp, mostly because the latter two already have played and know what is expected of them. Atkins has been inactive six of the seven games and this will be new to him, for the most part.
Leonard Weaver did not practice again because of a sore foot, though he did some running off on the side. Holmgren said a pile of bodies landed on Weaver’s foot in the San Francisco game. He said Weaver will be a game-time decision, but even if he can play Owen Schmitt will get increased time and have a bigger role.
Lofa Tatupu also is a game-time decision. He had a helmet on at practice but did not participate. He has the strained groin.
The team practiced inside today because of the rain, and Holmgren said they are likely to be inside for the rest of the season. He said he prefers the natural grass, but you can get stuff done inside that you can’t outside with inclement weather. Believe me, this inside is far better than the bubble that the team had at the old place.
Offensive coordinator Gil Haskell said he thought Seneca Wallace looked very crisp today. I think Koren Robinson also has looked increasingly spry. He has made some cuts this week in the open field that I have not seen him make in his previous weeks. He seems to be getting in better shape every day. You can see why they liked him so much early in his career.