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Archives: Sep. 2009

Sep.
30th

Wednesday practice: Wilson on the road to recovery

Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said during this morning’s press conference that cornerback Josh Wilson was a quick healer.

And he wasn’t joking. Wilson, who suffered a high ankle sprain against San Francisco just over a week ago, seemed to be moving well during practice today. He was a limited participant in practice.

“Every day you go out there and see what you can do, and every day it’s gotten better,” Wilson said about his ankle.

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Sep.
30th

Injury updates: Is Walter Jones done? Hasselbeck still not ready.

AP photo
AP photo

It was a pretty standard news conference with injury updates, Peyton Manning compliments, meandering answers, but it was our own Eric Williams, who may have asked one of the more interesting questions and received one of the more intriguing answers, concerning Walter Jones.

Eric: Is there concerns that you won’t see him on the field this season, or do you feel ultimately that he will make it back on Sunday at some point this season.

Mora: I hope so. It’s just,  you know, I hope so. I don’t know. I mean I can’t tell you the thought doesn’t cross your mind. But I think we have to give him some time. I think he’s earned that. He’s had a distinguished career. He’s exhibited toughness his whole career.No one can question his commitment to this game, it’s really beyond reproach. We just have to be patient and let him work through this, and then make the best decision for the team when we feel its necessary. Right now we feel the best thing to do is keep working, keep pushing, push a little, back off a little and listen Walter cause nobody how he feels but him.”

That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement or a guarantee that Jones will return to the field for the Seahawks.

So what brought this question on?

Well, Mora mentioned that they were going to give Jones some days off this week because there is still some soreness in the left knee that he had recently had scoped.

He was asked on Monday if Jones had suffered a physical setback, but Mora wouldn’t characterize the knee pain as a setback.

“He hasn’t, he hasn’t, as a matter of fact he’s doing well,” Mora said. “I had a long talk with Walt, Monday evening and he still has some pain in that knee. So we’re going to give him a couple days of rest this week. I don’t want to characterize it as a setback because it’s not. It’s just more the process of rehabilitation. As Walt goes out there to practice, what he does is he tries to judge what point in the game he is through practice. When he gets to play four, I’m in the third quarter, how do I feel?

Frankly when he gets to that part of the practice, he starts to experience some pain that’s difficult for him to overcome right now. We know that Walt has some medical limitations that we try to have to overcome. We feel like its in the best interest of Walter to give him a little rest here because he’s been working really hard. We’re hoping its a positive outcome.”

So what does that mean exactly?

Basically, it means that Walt can’t make in through a practice without the knee starting to bother him. And let’s be clear these aren’t full practices. He does individual work and some team work, but not nearly the amount of reps a normal starter or even a key back-up would do.

Then there is the fact that he is carrying about 20 to 30 pounds of extra weight on his frame. It can’t help the rehabilitation. Also because the knee is bothering him, it hinders his ability to condition and lose that weight. Had he been healthy at the start of training camp and practiced on a normal basis, that weight would have been gone by now. But since he can’t condition, it’s going to be difficult to get anywhere near game condition because of physical limitations.

It’s why some people began wondering if we are going to see Walt again in the near future. The prevailing thought by most in the media workroom is that there’s good chance we won’t see him again.

When asked if Walt was discouraged because of the pain, Mora gave a standard answer:

“He was only discouraged in the fact that he can’t be on the field helping this team win, cause that’s his goal. In terms of being discouraged of how he felt physically, maybe a little, but not where he was just in the tank. But more of a concern of, ‘I want to get right because I want to be on the field helping my teammates win.’

Ok, let’s go for some mildly better news.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is probably not going to play this weekend. Mora said Hasselbeck feels better and is making progress, but there is one small problem – it hurts when he takes a deep breath.

“The holdup quite simply with Matt is that he can’t run yet,” Mora said. “When he takes deep breaths, there is pain. When you’re a quarterback you have to run a little bit and when you’re in a game you have to take deep breaths, so that’s the holdup there. As soon as he moves through that, we’ll start moving working him back in there.”

Mora later admitted that both Jones and Hasselbeck will not play against Indianapolis

OK, let’s get to the other injuries because there is still about eight other guys to list.

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Sep.
30th

Colts DE Freeney out for Hawks game

That’s the story from Indianapolis Star reporter Mike Chappell. He reports that Indianapolis defensive end Dwight Freeney will be out at least two weeks with an injured right quad.

Colts head coach James Caldwell was a bit less forthcoming concerning his star defensive end, saying that the injury is a day-to-day issue for Freeney. Rahaeem Brock would replace Freeney in the starting lineup.

The Colts might be down four starters total on defense against the Hawks on Sunday. Safety Bob Sanders has not played this season, still rehabilitating from off-season knee surgery, and is not expected to play on Sunday.

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Sep.
29th

Hawks release RB Moore, LB Williams, sign RB Rankin to PS

According to a report by Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com, the Seattle Seahawks have released running back Devin Moore and linebacker Thomas Williams from the practice squad, and added former University of Washington product running back Louis Rankin to the practice squad roster, leaving one spot available.

Moore, a University of Wyoming product, flashed a quick burst through the hole and ran tough for a smaller back during preseason play, but had trouble in pass protection.

Williams. a fifth-round selection by Jacksonville in 2008, was signed to the team’s practice squad when they trimmed down to the final, 53-man

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Sep.
29th

Seahawks-Colts statistics

2009 Stats Seahawks Colts
Record 1-2 3-0
Total Yards Gained 1,075 1,226
Total Offense (NFLRank) 358.3 (10) 408.7 (4)
Rush Offense 112.0 (15) 86.0 (26)
Pass Offense 246.3 (12) 322.7 (1)
Points Per Game 19.0 (t20) 24.0 (9)
Total Yards Allowed 944 954
Total Defense

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Sep.
28th

Mora softens on his remarks on Mare

Seahawks head coach Jim Mora softened his stance on kicker Olindo Mare a day after blasting the 14-year veteran for missing two kicks in the team’s 25-19 loss to Chicago on Sunday.

“I have very high, high expectations for Olindo, and it’s because of the work that he’s done in this league,” Mora said. “He’s been an outstanding kicker, and he’s done a lot of great things for us. I think I let the emotion of the game get to me in my answers about Olindo.

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Sep.
28th

Monday Morning QB chat transcript

Monday Morning QB will begin at 9 a.m. this morning.

Sep.
27th

Mora: Mare’s missed kicks not acceptable

Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said the Seahawks have a small margin for error with nine projected starters for the 2009 season not on the field at the end of the game for his team.

He praised quarterback Seneca Wallace, saying he played admirably under the circumstances, keeping plays alive with his legs but making some costly mistakes that could have extended drives for the Seahawks.

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