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Training camp Day 3: OT Jones out with back spasms

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 2, 2009 at 6:55 pm with 8 Comments »
August 2, 2009 6:55 pm

The third day of training camp was a hot one for the Seattle Seahawks, as the afternoon sun beat down on the field and slight breeze could be felt making its way across the field at VMAC.

And the guys appeared to be hurting the most were the cornerbacks, so it’s understandable the Seahawks made the move and picked up cornerback Travis Fisher.

Fisher, who was cut by the Lions during the offseason, as new head coach Jim Schwartz remade the roster, said he’s been working out in anticipation of a team picking him up.

In two seasons with the Lions, Fisher started a total of 21 games, including eight last season. Fisher finished with two interceptions in 2007, but did not pick off a pass last season.

The Seahawks worked him out this morning and signed him to a one-year deal today.

“It’s a good opportunity,” Fisher said. “A chance to get out on the field with a great organization.”

So how’d Fisher look? The rust was evident during one-on-one pass drills as he was late coming out of his break a couple times. But at 5-9, 180 pounds, Fisher can flip his hips, and he’s got decent recovery speed. But more than anything, he gives the Seahawk a much-needed body, as the cornerbacks have been getting run ragged in the heat the past three days with Marcus Trufant still on the PUP list with a sore back.

Speaking of Trufant, he’s been working out at the facility in an effort to get his back right and get out on the field.

Well, Walter Jones was supposed to practice today, but he did not make an appearance due to back spasms, and like the rest of us, Jones is day-to-day. But from I understand none of this is knee related.

Defensive end Baraka Atkins was back on the field today and moving well.

We also saw a rarity — T.J. Houshmandzadeh dropped a sure touchdown pass streaking down the middle of the field. Housh wasn’t pleased, taking his displeasure out on the pigskin and kicking the ball out of the end zone.

Safety C.J. Wallace had another nice day, coming up to deliver a blow to fullback Justin Griffith and forcing a sweep play inside, and breaking up a deep ball to receiver Nate Burleson.

Jordan Kent spent some time working on routes after practice with Jeff Rowe, and it paid dividends this afternoon, as he made a couple of nice grabs during team drills.

Punter Jon Ryan looked good during special teams drills, sending several booming punts down field, although he was kicking with the wind.

And Kelly Jennings also had a solid day. Jennings worked on the outside at cornerback today when the defense went nickel, with Josh Wilson moving to the inside.

That’s all for now.

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  1. As long as we don’t expect too much from Kelly Jennings (not counting games we play AZ) I think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised by him this season as a back up CB. I don’t know of too many CBs who are great with broken ribs. Am I saying I want him to start or think he should? No. But I do think he’s going to be a good CB in the role down on the depth chart. I think he’s the best #4 or #5 CB in the NFL.

    I’m not worried about Walt (yet) wrt the back issues. The knee is another story.

  2. kvpHawk says:

    It looks like Kansas City is waiting for the Seahawks to sign Curry before they sign Tyson Jackson the3rd overall pick. Hope Seattle isn’t waiting on The Chiefs. heres a link to their story.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    I agree that Walt has me far less concerned than Tru. Good to hear Wallace had a good day. Improved safety play will certainly help guys like Jennings, so they’re not left all alone.

    Eric, now that Fisher is in the fold will we see Adams move back to safety, or has he surprisingly shown much at corner?

  4. Why do we have so MANY back issues. First Hasselbeck, then Trufant, and now Jones. I know that Jones is only having some spasms, but come on. Are the Seahawks stretching incorrectly or something?

  5. chuck_easton says:


    I think you might just be over reacting there. Three back issues in two years is not ‘so MANY’ back issues. Hasselbeck’s back issue evidently is something he’s had for a long time. Trufant tweaked something. Jones just had back spasms.

    Hasselbeck and Jones are both in their mid 30’s and have been playing professional football for over a decade. They are going to have back issues. Heck, I’m 45 and a lawyer and I can say that I occasionally wake up with a stiff back if I overdid it in the yard or on a weekend bike ride.

    Try pushing your body as hard as these guys do for as long as they have and see if you don’t have issues with a stiff back.

  6. I know that they will have some back issues because they are a little older, but if these guys can’t be on the field (namely Hasselbeck, Jones and Trufant) we’re not going to win.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Don’t for get Chris Spencer and Tyler Schmitt (although in fairness, Schmitt’s may have been injured before the draft.) and I seem to remember Sims with a bad back before his torn pec. In any case, I think there is good reason for ‘Hawk fans to be concerned when a player misses time with a back. uck is right, however, with the pounding a professional football player takes, it’s amazing there aren’t more back issues. But in all fairness, and not to be an alarmist, but recent history with Seahawks and back injuries tells us we’re dealing with more than just a “stiff back” or two.

  8. earther says:

    Dukeshire:But in all fairness, and not to be an alarmist, but recent history with Seahawks and back injuries tells us we’re dealing with more than just a “stiff back” or two.

    Maybe but some of the things said recently by Mora (and about Mora) hint that you may just be dealing with a very cautious head coach. None of the veterans really need training camp except to get into good hitting shape. They don’t need a whole month for that.

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