What started out as an unlikely occurrence appears a strong probability, as Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora told reporters today after practice that offensive tackle Sean Locklear will likely play on Sunday against Detroit for the first time in six games.
Locklear has been out since suffering a high ankle sprain against San Francisco on Sept. 20, and was a limited participant in practice the first two days of the week. But he was a full participant in practice today, and is listed as probable for Sunday.
“I felt pretty good in practice, but once you get out there, it will take you a little bit to get acclimated to the speed, full-speed and contact, stuff like that. But it will take a couple plays before you’re probably back to close to how you were playing before you got hurt.”
The training staff loosened the reins, allowing Locklear to participate in team drills. Ben Obomanu (oblique) also practiced, meaning for the first time this season the Seahawks had everybody available on the active roster out on the field.
Mora said that Locklear probably will not start, but might be used in a rotation similar to how the team handled Marcus Trufant and Leroy Hill in their first games of the season last week.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh also talked to reporters today about some of the perceptions of him being portrayed after his reaction to some frustrating plays were caught on TV against Dallas.
Houshmandzadeh again reiterated that’s the way he’s always been, and that he’s an emotional player who expresses himself outwardly when he’s frustrated, and that he’s actually gotten a lot better over his playing career, including time at Oregon State and Cincinnati.
He believes part of the public reaction to his actions on the field is a feeling out process between himself and fans in Seattle.
“Obviously, it’s a feeling out process, a little bit like boxers in the first three rounds of a championship fight,” he said. “You kind of feel each other out. But we’re losing. If we were winning, I wouldn’t be a problem because I wouldn’t be doing it. And it’s just different. I’ve done it my whole career. And it’s not great. I’m not like saying it’s acceptable or it’s OK. But I’ve done that, they’ve seen it.
“It’s just emotion. I love to win. I do not like to lose. And that’s just how I express myself. I mean, why would I be happy about punting the ball and walk to the sideline with a smile on my face? Why would I want it? I just outwardly expressed how I felt inside. That’s it.
Houshmandzadeh also described his play as ‘terrible’ so far this season.
“As of right now I’m not doing anything, for whatever reason” he said. “You can print whatever you want – why is it the case. But I don’t know why it is like that. But I can’t do nothing about it now. It’s over with, as far as the first seven games. All you can do is try and do better.”
Here’s the injury report.
For Seattle, Ben Obomanu (oblique) was a limited participant and is questionable. S Jordan Babineaux (hip), QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib), LB Will Herring (shoulder), T Sean Locklear (ankle) and CB Ken Lucas (neck) were all full participants and are probable.
For Detroit, FB Jerome Felton (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (knee) and RB Kevin Smith (shoulder) were limited participants and are questionable, although Johnson likely will play and Smith might be out there as well.