Seahawks Insider

Archives: Sep. 2010

Sep.
30th

Thursday’s injury report: DE Clemons sits out

Defensive end Chris Clemons (ankle) was added to the Seattle Seahawks injury report today.

Raheem Brock worked at Leo defensive end with the first unit with Clemons out.

And linebacker Aaron Curry (hamstring) returned to practice after watching on Wednesday but was a limited participant.

Also, Sean Locklear (knee), a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, did not practice today.

Marcus Trufant (ankle) did not practice for a second straight day, but did do some light running and back pedal drills after practice and appeared to move okay.

Here’s the full list.

Read more »

Sep.
30th

Carroll on Pitts: ‘We’ll try to get him back out here’

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talked to reporters this afternoon about the team releasing Chester Pitts.

Carroll said the team needed a roster spot this week for a player that knows the team’s system with two new offensive lineman on the active roster in Allen Barbre and Breno Giacomini.

“It’s just an absolute emergency case if those guys had to play because there just isn’t enough days here to get it done,” Carroll said. “They don’t have continuity from the past, like when you see (Brandon) Stokley come in here and he can run the whole offense. That makes sense that he could play right now. The other guys it’s just too much to ask of them.”

Carroll said it’s likely that the team would sign Mike Gibson to the active roster. If that happens, it gives them 10 offensive linemen currently on the active roster, but with Russel Okung (ankle), Sean Locklear (knee) and Ben Hamilton (knee) all nursing injuries, the Seahawks needed the flexibility of another roster spot.

“Chester wasn’t going to make it to the game, and he wasn’t going to be able to play,” Carroll said. “In the situation in we’ve got to make a spot for a guy to be on the roster.

“So we’re hoping Chester is going to get well. He’s just got to get over the hump. He’s close, but he’s not able to go yet. So we needed a spot, and that’s why we had to create that.

Read more »

Sep.
30th

Pitts cut, Gibson added to practice squad

The Seattle Seahawks confirmed that they cut offensive lineman Chester Pitts this afternoon. No player has been added to his the roster at this point.

The team also added offensive lineman Mike Gibson back to the practice squad after releasing him earlier this week. To make room, Seattle let go of running back Chris Henry from the practice squad.

Seattle releasing Pitts, 31, comes as a surprise, as the team had been slowly working him into the lineup since training camp began in August.

Pitts is returning from season-ending microfracture knee surgery last year, and was set to return

Read more »

Sep.
30th

Hasselbeck: 10-game win streak means Rams are hungry

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was asked about his team’s 10-game winning streak against the St. Louis and what that means in terms of his team’s chances for a win on Sunday.

Hasselbeck’s answer was simple – not a lot.

“It probably means that they’re hungry, and we’ve got to be ready,” Hasselbeck said.

Asked further if it means anything to the team that they’ve beat St. Louis five straight times on the road, Hasselbeck had this to say:

Read more »

Sep.
30th

Morning links: Stokley the new Engram?


New Seattle Seahawks receiver Brandon Stokley (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

Our own Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that veteran receiver Brandon Stokley could provide Matt Hasselbeck a reliable target on third-down situations, a role Bobby Engram effectively played for Seattle for a couple years.

Boling:

Boiled down, he’s a reliable slot receiver with good hands and an understanding of what he needs to do. If that sounds like former Seahawks receiver Bobby Engram, then that’s certainly something the Seahawks can use.

Nobody is sure how he will fit into the receiver rotation, with veterans such as Deion Branch and Mike Williams matched up with young guys Deon Butler and Golden Tate, and Ben Obomanu also serving as a versatile special teams player.

But GM John Schneider looks for players who can fill certain niches; and if he finds them, Carroll creates the specific niches for them to fill.

“(Stokley is) a uniquely talented player,” Carroll said. “You’ve heard me say this a lot of times: We’re looking for guys who do special things. We covet that kind of player. And the background he’s had in the system makes him a valuable addition. We’ll learn as we go how he fits in, but we have some ideas already.”

Read more »

Sep.
29th

Hawks injury report: Okung moving OK


Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

He moved around OK.

That’s the short version of how rookie Russell Okung fared in his first practice since suffering a high ankle sprain n the team’s second preseason game on Aug. 21.

Sporting a brace and a heavily taped right leg, the Oklahoma State product got plenty of work in on Wednesday.

Now comes the important part – how his leg responds after his first real work in over a month.

Offensive lineman Chester Pitts also saw some time at left guard during practice and seemed to come through Ok.

Offensive guard Ben Hamilton (knee) did not practice. And right tackle Sean Locklear (knee) was a limited participant in practice. Tyler Polumbus took Locklear’s place at right tackle when he wasn’t in there.

Here’s the full injury report.

Read more »

Sep.
29th

Brandon Stokley: “A guy who is willing to do whatever it takes to win football games.”

Brandon Stokley made his debut with the Seahawks today. His first practice was pretty anti-climactic with some early work and one on one drills. He didn’t participate in any team reps. I’d say the odds of him being active for this weekend’s game in St. Louis are slim and none.

After practice, Stokley was working on route running and getting in out of breaks with Golden Tate and wide receiver coach Kippy Brown. Pete Carroll even took time to sit and watch the two work out.

Here’s some comments from Stokley and his meeting with the media today ..

(On if it was a surprise to get picked up by the Seahawks) “Well, you know, I’m familiar with Jeremy Bates and Jedd Fisch, so I guess that helped the whole situation out.”

(On if the scheme and terminology is the same and if he feels he could walk out to practice and be up to speed) “Pretty much.  I remember a lot of it.  It’s been a year and a half since I’ve been in the system so I have some homework to do but I can catch on to it a lot quicker than if it was a new system.”

Read more »

Sep.
29th

Sam Bradford comments from the conference call


Getty Images

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was the obvious choice for the player conference call with the Rams. The rookie QB has been solid this season for the Rams. Sure there have been a few passes he’d like to have back, but I think he’s exceeded expectations thus far. The talent was apparent. But the poise he’s shown this season in games and in the pocket have been pretty amazing. Realistically, the Rams are a different team with him at quarterback. In past years, you could hit Marc Bulger a few times and he would be gun shy. But Bradford gets right back up and seems unaffected.

Here’s the transcript of his conference call …

(On getting the first win last week) “Obviously, everyone after our game on Sunday was extremely excited.  We’ve been close the first two weeks but really just hadn’t been able to finish a game, hadn’t been able to get over the hump.  To be able to go out and finish a game and get a win, obviously, it was a great feeling.”

(On taking snaps under center now at St. Louis) “You know, to be honest, I think a lot of people underestimate the amount of snaps that I took under center in college.  My first year at Oklahoma, the first year that I played, we were under center more than 50 percent of the time.  It’s something that I am comfortable with, it’s something that I have done.  I think the more that I’ve been with the St. Louis Rams, the more comfortable I’ve become with it.  But at the same time, in this west coast offense here, we do a lot of things out of the shotgun.  It’s not like we’re primarily under center.  I’m comfortable doing both things and I think our coaches do a good job mixing it up.”

Read more »