Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said everyone listed on the injury report is probable except for D.D. Lewis (knee), who is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision.
Mora did not give a clear answer as to who will start the game at running back between Julius Jones and Justin Forsett, saying it depends on which personnel group is being used on the first play of the game.
“We have certain things that we do with certain guys, so it’ll just depend on how we put that together,” Mora said. “You’ll see them, absolutely. I know what your question is: Are we going to see more of Justin [Forsett]? And the answer is yes, absolutely.”
I talked to Forsett for a few minutes in the locker room and he said he feels fine and is ready to go on Sunday. He also said Houston’s front seven is pretty solid, led by Mario Williams, so he expects a physical game on Sunday.
“They’re pretty good,” Forsett said. “All of them are athletic. Mario is big, and he’s got a long reach, so those arms, you’ve got to be aware of them when you’re running. You’ve got to make sure you get you’re pad level down so he won’t reach out and grab you.”
As far as game balls go, Ray Willis got the game ball for offense, Jordan Babineaux go the defensive ball and John Ryan got the game ball for special teams.
And, of course, Friday’s would not be complete without a few words of wisdom from T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Asked about Tiger Woods’ transgressions being played out in the media nationally, Houshmandzadeh, who his married with two children, had this to say.
“If you’re going to mess with somebody, mess with somebody famous,” he said. “They’re going to keep it a secret like you’re going to keep it a secret.”
Houshmandzadeh also talked about what keeps players motivated during seasons where their teams are struggling. And surprisingly it wasn’t the money. He said it’s just fun to play, and you only have a short amount of time to be out there in your playing career.
“It’s fun to play,” he said. “Football is fun because I can remember my rookie year, dude, like it was yesterday. I wasn’t playing, but I can remember everything about it, and now I’m in my ninth year and it goes so fast.
“And so you’ve got to have fun while you’re playing.”
Houshmandzadeh also believes it’s important for Seattle to finish strong, saying it will be a building block for next season, pointing to the fact that his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals, finished 4-11-1 last year, but won their last three games, and now they sit at 9-3 and atop the AFC North.