Seneca Wallace was back. After Mike Holmgren said all week he didn’t expect Wallace to be able to do much because of a pulled groin, Seneca was out there and working with the scout team. He actually looked very mobile. Seneca said he has been doing a lot of rehab this week and the groin got better in the process. Obviously the hope is that they don’t need him.
Leonard Weaver also got some reps today, though it sounded to me like Holmgren will likely not let him play. Holmgren said with the way the inactive list is, it would be hard to keep Weaver active and then have him either get hurt or realize in the game that his ribs are keeping him from playing well. Similar situation with Deion Branch last week. Owen Schmitt got most of the reps in practice this week. I spoke with him a little after practice, and he said the main thing is that he was able to bully people when he was at West Virginia. Here, he is blocking a 280-pound defensive end coming off the edge and he is not bullying anybody. He said the biggest thing he has learned is that the guy with the pads lowest to the ground usually wins.
Deion Branch spoke after practice as well. He said he is not in as good of shape as he was in the New York game because he was training like he was a distance runner. He said the heel injury has forced him to train in the pool and on the stationary bike, but they are not the same. Holmgren said that if Branch gets winded and has to come out of the game, Courtney Taylor will fill in behind him at flanker.
Practice was kind of light-hearted today. A lot of whooping and hollering, which makes watching it a lot more enjoyable. There was a string of plays in which Jordan Babineaux, Kelly Jennings, Brian Russell and then Jennings again made back to back to back to back interceptions or knockdowns, some nice plays that enlivened the proceedings. Of course, it was not Boldin or Fitzgerald they were defending, so that may change things on Sunday.
Holmgren was asked afterward if this was a must-win. “I think it’s time to put a label on the game,” Holmgren said, admitting that it was a must-win.
There was kind of a funny moment on the sideline where color analyst Brian Baldinger approached one of the Seahawks’ PR folks and asked if Jordan and Jonathan Babineaux were brothers. When PR said they indeed were, Baldinger asked him what’s up with the discrepancy in size. Jordan is 200 pounds. Jonathan, a defensive lineman for Atlanta, is 288.
It looks like Floyd Womack will start at right guard, though Ray Willis may get some plays there during the game on Sunday.