The Seahawks breezed through a pretty crisp, hour-long practice inside the team’s facility today.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck made it through the entire practice without incident. In fact, I thought he looked more mobile today than Wednesday and appears to be coming along, doing some short roll outs and moving well inside the pocket.
It appears that Hasselbeck was cleared by Dr. Stan Herring Wednesday night and should be a go for Sunday, but no official word has come down from the Seahawks.
Running back Julius Jones, who sat out Wednesday, returned to practice today. Koren Robinson, who usually sits out Wednesday’s practices, was back in uniform as well. It was interesting to see Robinson, Bobby Engram and Deion Branch working with the first unit. That’s a little bit better three-receiver set than Billy McMullen, Keary Kolbert and Courtney Taylor — which Seattle rolled out against St. Louis earlier this year.
It certainly bodes well for Seattle heading into Sunday. Now they have to get some consistency.
I talked to Defensive Coordinator John Marshall about what the team needs to do to stop Arizona’s passing game. Marshall said the game plan is pretty simple, but hard to execute because of all the talent Arizona has on offense — Seattle must get pressure on Kurt Warner and be physical with Arizona receivers Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston.
Seattle linebacker Julian Peterson echoed Marshall’s statement, saying defensively the Seahawks must get to Kurt Warner or he’ll just sit back and pick them apart.
Listen to the conversation with Peterson here.
Players sitting out included Seneca Wallace (groin), C.J. Wallace (hamstring), Patrick Kerney (shoulder), Red Bryant (ankle), David Hawthorne (calf) and Leonard Weaver (ribs).
The Hawks were a bit thin, so practice squad quarterback Travis Lulay got some reps on scout squad offense as a wide receiver, and scout squad defense as a free safety.
Seattle also worked on the 2-minute drill with the first team offense going against the first-team defense at the end of practice.