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Archives: Oct. 2009

Oct.
30th

Friday practice report: Hawks ready for Cowboys

The Seahawks worked out for about an hour and a half this morning in preparation for the team’s game against Dallas inside the team’s practice facility in Renton.

The team announced that linebacker Lofa Tatupu has been officially placed on the injured reserve after having surgery to replace a torn pectoral muscle, ending his season.

“I knew for a couple days it was coming, so I was prepared for it,” Mora said. “It’s unfortunate, but you’ve got to just keep marching on.”

Cornerback Marcus Trufant has been placed on the active roster, filling Tatupu’s spot.

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Oct.
29th

Seahawks Insider Podcast 10-29

Who’s drinking the Seahawks Kool-Aid this week heading into Sunday’s game at Dallas? Should the Seahawks’ brass have been more prepared for Walter Jones not playing this season? And is Jones the greatest Seahawks ever?

What are the Seahawks chances of getting a road win this week? We tackle those questions and others in this week’s Seahawks Insider podcast, which you can check out here.

Oct.
29th

Thursday practice report: Tatupu has surgery, likely ending his season

Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones will soon have company on the injured reserve list.

A day after the Seahawks made the announcement that Walter Jones had been added to the season-ending, injured reserve list with a knee issue, the team announced Linebacker Lofa Tatupu is having surgery on his torn, left pectoral muscle performed by Dr. James Andrews in Alabama.

Tatupu will likely be placed on the season-ending, injured reserve list, making room for the Seahawks to place cornerback Marcus Trufant on the active roster. The Seahawks do not have to make the roster move until Saturday.

Second year player David Hawthorne will start in place of Tatupu at Dallas on Sunday. The Texas native also returns to his old stomping grounds, having grown in nearby Corsicana.

Hawthorne said he’s expecting about 35 family and friends at the game.

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Oct.
29th

Morning links: Paying homage to Mr. Jones

Jim Bryant/AP
Jim Bryant/AP

With the team’s announcement that Walter Jones was placed on the injured reserve with a knee ailment, ending his season, local writers paid homage to the Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle with the possibility of this being his last season.

Dave Boling of the TNT:

When he arrived in 1997, he was the best lineman on the field with his first step. He ran the 40 in the 4.6-second range at well over 300 pounds. He had a dancer’s feet and a wire-walker’s balance. I’ve been in attendance at almost every down he’s played for the Seahawks, and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen him off-balance.

At times early in his career, on those “reach” plays toward the sideline, he might block the entire side of an opposing defense, sealing off the end first, scraping off him to flatten a linebacker, and then hustling up the field to scare the wits out of a safety who dared try to support the run.

Most often, though, it was somewhat less spectacular – more a matter of rendering an opponent invisible. Former Seahawks defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes talked about coaching against Jones, and how demoralizing his play was. Rhodes claimed it was as if Jones would bring his opponent to the park in a little sandwich bag, take him out of the bag, humiliate him for 60 minutes, and then put him back in his little bag before showering up.

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Oct.
28th

Walter Jones: ‘I still want to play this game’

Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones talked with reporters this afternoon about the team’s announcement that he had been placed on the season-ending, injured reserve list because of his surgically repaired left knee.

And Jones didn’t exactly give a retirement speech, when asked about the prospects of possibly playing again next season.

“My next step is to continue to keep working and try to get back. I still want to play this game. I still have the love. I like the competition. I still want to go out and compete with the guys, so that’s my No. 1 goal right now, is to continue to keep doing what I’ve got to do to get back on the field for next year.”

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Oct.
28th

Wednesday practice report: Life goes on without Walter

First, a couple things to tidy up from this morning’s press conference.

Seattle added linebacker Anthony Heygood to the practice squad, an outside linebacker out of Purdue.

Running back Louis Rankin is on the active roster, giving the Seahawks four running backs available. The UW product looked good returning kicks while in Oakland, so that could be a role he might serve for Seattle if he remains on the active roster for Sunday’s game.

But, of course, the news that most players were talking about was Walter Jones being placed on the season-ending injured reserve list for the second straight year.

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Oct.
28th

Mora press conference: Walter Jones placed on IR, done for the season

Well, the move the Seattle Seahawks were anticipated to make for weeks finally happened today, as head coach Jim Mora announced that cornerstone offensive tackle Walter Jones has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list today.

Jones has been out for over a month rehabilitating his surgically repaired left knee, but the pain continued to the point where he could not make it back out to the field.

“After much deliberation and evaluation and soul searching between the team, the medical staff and Walter Jones, it has been determined that the best thing to do for Walter, for this football team and for his future is to put him on injured reserve,” Mora said during the opening of a half-hour long talk with reporters this morning. “So we’re going to do that today.”

Mora said he does not know if Jones will return next season, and did not rule out the possibility that Jones will have another surgery to try and stabilize the knee.

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