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Friday practice: Walter Jones questionable for San Francisco

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 18, 2009 at 3:00 pm with 12 Comments »
September 18, 2009 3:00 pm

The Seahawks practiced for a little over 90 minutes in final preparation for their game at San Francisco. The team will fly down on Saturday, and is flying on Saturday for most of their away games, with only one game in the Eastern Time Zone.

Mora was noncommittal on most of the guys listed on the injury report, saying that Walter Jones (knee), Deion Branch (hamstring) and Brandon Mebane (calf) likely will be game-time decisions.

Mora did say that defensive tackle Red Bryant, who was not active for last week’s game against the Rams, will be active this week and should see some time. The Seahawks apparently want to use Bryant’s big frame inside against Frank Gore and the 49ers running attack, as this game may prove to be a Rock ‘em Sock ‘em affair.

Mora also said linebacker Lofa Tatupu (hamstring) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (back spasms) will play on

Houshmandzadeh did not practice the first two days of the week, but did practice on Friday, and said some of the rules of his new team are taking some adjustment to get used to.

“I’m good,” Houshmandzadeh said about how he feels heading into Sunday. “I cold have probably gone yesterday (Thursday). They told me, ‘Don’t.’ So I’m good. I’m all right.”

“It’s different here,” Housh later went on. “When you feel like you can practice and they tell you don’t, as compared to where you feel like you can’t and in some places they try to make you practice, so it takes a little to get used to.”

According to the official report, Leroy Hill (groin) and Marcus Trufant (back) are out. Lofa Tatupu (hamstring) and Brandon Mebane (calf) did not practice and are listed as questionable.

Wide receiver Deion Branch (hamstring), cornerback Travis Fisher (hamstring), tackle Walter Jones (knee) and center Chris Spencer (quad) were limited in practice and are questionable.

And both Houshmandazadeh and safety C.J. Wallace fully participated in practice and are listed as probable.

For San Francisco, LB Ahmad Brooks (knee), DE Justin Smith (elbow) and CB Marcus Hudson (knee) all fully participated in practice and are probable.

If Mora does decide that Jones is ready to go, he’ll have an interesting decision to make juggling the offensive line. As we’ve talked about, the plan initially was to move Locklear to right guard and keep Ray Willis at right tackle. But rookie Max Unger has been playing solid at right guard, so it will be interesting if they decide to replace Unger with Locklear. But I think Locklear is one of your five best linemen right now, so you have to find a place for him.

“We haven’t really talked about it that much because I don’t think we anticipated early in the week Walt being where he is,” Mora said. “But we’ll list him as questionable and we’ll see. We’ve got to make the right decision there with Walt. We can’t be greedy.”

If I were a betting man I would suspect Jones won’t play on Sunday, but we’ll see.

Mora also said if Mebane can’t go, then Bryant, Craig Terrell and possibly Michael Bennett will play on Sunday.

Mora also said he expects a physical, intense game on Sunday.

“I think it will be a slug fest, I really do,” Mora said. “I think it will be a tough, gut-grinder-type of game. That’s the kind of team they are and that’s the type of team we are. It’s as division game, and it’s important for both of us, even though it’s early in the season. So I think it will be a fun game to watch. If you like hard-hitting football, down-and-dirty football, this would be a good game to watch.”

Notes from practice
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  1. According to Captain Obvsious (me), this certainly isn’t good news on Mebane.

  2. AggieHawk says:

    Great Post Erick,
    One question. How much of the Senecat (wildcat) do you think the Hawks will throw at the 9ers?

  3. AggieHawk: I think it depends on the flow of the game and the situation. We could see Seneca in there for a couple plays if they feel the offense needs a spark, or they might not use him at all.

  4. princeaden says:

    I’m looking forward so some hard hittin, down and dirty football. I agree with Mora that this should be more smashmouth and less finesse and I can’t wait. How cool is it that the Hawks are now taking on the persona of a physical, line of scrimage team. I find it quite refreshing. I love this team and I love this coaching staff. GO HAWKS!!!!!!!

  5. A slug fest might be fun to watch but that’s how our players get hurt. I’d take a finesse O fest (by the hawks) instead.

    The 9ers were in the Cards backfield pressuring Warner all day last sunday.
    I hope our O line is ready.. If Walt is ready to play, Why don’t they start last week’s line and only bring him in if Hass is getting harrassed from that side.. Save him if you can.

  6. nmseafan says:

    We will send so many big bodies in at DT, a seeminingly endless stream that we will wear down the 9er’s O-line eventually. Plus our speed off the edges ! Heck I’m not even playing and I’m licking my chops !

  7. nmseafan says:

    Of course they will likely do the same to us !

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Pistol with a game ball! Atta kid. Mora really didn’t seem into the Q&A there, this afternoon.

    I’m glad Red will be getting some time. It’s time for him to assert himself into the rotation and a great place to start would be helping to shut the door on the 30+ rushes the 9ers will attempt.

    As for finesse; injuries are going to happen regardless. I’d love to see this o-line just blow SF off the line of scrimmage and be able to run right at them. And on D, the ‘Hawks have one of the biggest line in the league now and some of the hardest hitters around, not much finesse there. I’m excited (we all are, it seems).

  9. I’m with you, Duke. This game should be a battle on the line of scrimmage. Both teams have good emerging defensive lines. But I think our offensive line is better than theirs and has a chance to start proving something.

    The other interesting battle I’ll be looking at is our premier receivers against their premier cornerbacks. It will be a test. But since we have Hass at the helm, I’m convinced we’ll win.

  10. I think AZ is going to go 0-2 in Jax and after we beat SF — people are going to say the mighty SF win in AZ was overrated… just me… We are better than SF and we are going to prove it on the road. They have no realistic chance of winning XLIV, but I think “we” do. We just need to remain relatively healthy.

  11. I think they’ll use the SeneCat at least once, but they’ll probably change it from what they did. I’d be expecting the 49ers to be looking for it and rush Hass out on the end, so most likely Seneca will either run with it or just pass it downfield.

    The question is whether they would try it another time and I think it will depend on whether it works the first time.

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