A few quick notes from practice …
Players were in shells and sweats
As Jim Mora said yesterday, CB Marcus Trufant and LB LeRoy Hill were out practicing today with the team. I wouldn’t call it full participation for both, Hill, more so than Trufant.
Tru did some individual work and did some drills on his own on the side, but he also worked in with the second team in 7-on-7 drills and the final 12-on-12 period.
Obviously, he’s a little rusty. But he did show moments of his normal self including a nice job on a little double move by Nate Burleson.
“Going through rehab and going through a long injury is a mental grind,” Trufant said.
He had no specifics about his back injury other than to say it was a lower back injury and that he thought it was just a minor tweak when it first happened. It wasn’t an injury that was nagging and kind of came out of nowhere. He did say that he has to be proactive and do some maintenance to keep the back healthy, including some of the same core strengthening exercises that Matt Hasselbeck must do.
“He’s a quarterback, I’m a DB, so I kind of see myself as a little better athlete at times,” Trufant joked. “But it is same some of the stuff and we had some of the same type of injury stuff. It’s a constant rehab thing.”
Hill looked really good. He participated in just about everything that I saw and was with the first-team linebackers in all group stuff. Perhaps the most impressive thing for me was seeing Hill plant, change direction and go full speed without a moment hesitation. He ran down Louis Rankin with ease on a pitch play and also was right there on a swing pass to the flats.
“I’m just trying to get back as quick as possible,” Hill said. “I wouldn’t exactly put a timetable on it. Practicing today, I felt perfect. I’ll try my hardest to get back maybe next, but we’ll see.”
Teammate Deon Grant joked that Hill is playing better than he did before he got hurt.
How exactly Hill got hurt is kind of strange.
“It was kind of a freak thing,” he said. “Basically I had bad form on a tackle. I’ll try not to do that again. It was odd. I wasn’t touched. It was just something that happened. It just snapped.
There were a good portion of players not practicing. CB Kelly Jennings, DE Patrick Kerney, OL Rob Sims, OL Walter Jones, OL Sean Locklear, LB Lofa Tatupu did not practice, but all were out there watching at the end.
One other noticeable thing is that Matt Hasselbeck is making good on his promise about getting more comfortable with receiver TJ Houshmandzadeh.
“T.J. and I have to get on the same page,” he said. “We have to be automatic. We have to narrow our focus, instead of talking that we could do this or we could do that.”
That was the quote Hasselbeck had after Sunday’s game. Well they worked on it after practice on Tuesday, staying for at least 20 minutes working on those routes and discussing things before each repetition. These guys are still working and haven’t given up.