It was pretty typical Friday practice for the Seahawks. There was some music playing. Mike Williams caught passes, Charlie Whitehurst threw some incompletions, Ken Norton yelled a lot and the Seahawks worked in shorts and shells.
Perhaps the biggest concern is the status at right corner back position where normal starter Kelly Jennings has been out with a hamstring issue and his backup Walter Thurmond has missed practices after taking a shot to the head in last week’s win over Arizona.
Neither practiced on Friday, but Jennings did work out after practice, trying to get his hamstring in shape.
Head coach Pete Carroll wouldn’t rule either out for Sunday. Then again Carroll wouldn’t rule out anyone for Saturday, including Brandon Mebane (calf), Brandon Stokley (oblique) and Russell Okung (ankle), despite none of them practicing either.
“We’re going to hang on to the bitter end to find out,” Carroll said.
If Jennings and Thurmond can’t go, which appears likely, Carroll said Roy Lewis would start at corner in their place. The former Husky has been solid as the nickel back all season. But he has played more than Nate Ness or Kennard Cox this season.
Lewis said if he were to start, he’d still slide back inside in the nickel package with Nate Ness taking over at the corner.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’ve got to concentrate on playing first through third down on defense,” Lewis said. “It’s a different mentality. Since the season, I’ve been mainly inside. I’ve become a third down expert. Now, it’s a whole different dynamic. The vision changes, the technique changes and the mental game changes.”
The other news is that offensive lineman Chester Pitts had what Carroll called “by far his best week” of practice.
“I would love to see him play in this game,” Carroll said. “It’s about time Chester plays now. He’s going to dress in this game. We are looking forward to getting him. He deserves it by the way he works. He’s finally feeling really confident about what’s going on.”
Ben Hamilton will still start at guard on Sunday, Carroll said.