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.
After two practices of sitting on the sidelines to rest sore ribs Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was back in action today and says he’s ready to play on Sunday.
Hasselbeck says with a new offensive system in place this season he hasn’t taken a look at last year’s film, where the Seahawks lost 34-9 on Thanksgiving and he was sacked seven times.
Hasselbeck also talked about Walter Jones ending is season by being placed on the injured reserve list on Wednesday.
“Those of us that got to talk to him yesterday feel his optimism also,” he said. “He’s not giving up. He’s not quiting. He’s not retiring. He’s committed to playing football again.”
Hasselbeck also talked about what Seattle needs to do to get a win on the road against Dallas. The Seahawks are 2-8 in their last 10 games on the road.
“We’ve got to run the ball,” he said. “We’ve got to be balanced. And if we’re just assignment correct, that’s part of it. But then the other side, they’ve got guys that can play.
“DeMarcus Ware is arguably the best pass rusher in the game right now. They’ve got great cover corners. They’ve got a Pro Bowl safety. That’s great against the run and also great against the pass. They’ve got experienced linebackers. They’re a big, big team. They’re what you think of when you think of one of those 34 (3-4 defensive front) teams.”
Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said what makes the Cowboys offense, ranked No. 2 overall in the league, so tough is the team’s ability to give defenses multiple looks from different personnel groupings.
“That’s what so difficult,” he said. “Sometimes teams will come out maybe in a standard personnel grouping and give you one or two looks. They might have 15 different looks out of one personnel group. So that’s what makes them so multiple and presents a challenge for us.”
Bradley said in order to combat that, the defense needs to simplify its rules in order to get lined up correctly so they can play fast and focus on their assignment.
Here’s the injury report.
LB Lofa Tatupu (pectoral) is out.
T Sean Locklear (ankle) and S C.J. Wallace (hamstring) did not practice.
QB Matt Hasselbeck (ribs), G Rob Sims (ankle) and DE Patrick Kerney (groin) were full participants in practice.
For Dallas, CB Allen Rossum (hamstring) did not practice.
RB Marion Barber (thumb), Gerald Sensabaugh (thumb) and DeMarcus Ware (LB) were full participants in practice.