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Mike Williams, Obomanu game-time decisions

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm with 33 Comments »
December 10, 2010 3:15 pm

For the third straight day wide receivers Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu did not practice. Williams did some work with trainers along the sidelines before the 45-minute workout, and both were spectators during today’s walk-through.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said both will be game-time decisions.

“We have to plan like he’s not there,” Carroll said. “And fortunately guys have practiced well. Ruvell Martin has done a nice job in that spot, and Golden Tate has had a nice week, too. I think Ben is going to have a chance to play in this game, also.”

Martin and Golden Tate will be counted on to fill in if Williams can’t go. Carroll also said that defensive tackle Colin Cole, who practiced all week, will play on Sunday. Offensive lineman Chester Pitts (ankle) did not practice all week and is doubtful for Sunday.

Linebacker Lofa Tatupu (knee) returned to practice and should play on Sunday.

It appears that of the two, Obomanu is the more likely to play down in San Francisco.

“He’s got stitches in his hand and they’re going to be there on game day,” Carroll said. “You just got to see how it works for him, and the little device that they’re putting on his hand works out for him and all of that. They’ve been experimenting all week, and everybody feels good about it. I think he’s going to play.”

Carroll said that Williams ran a little more last week than this week on Friday.

Here’s the full injury report:

Chester Pitts (ankle) did not practice and is doubtful.

Mike Williams (ankle) and Ben Obomanu (hand) did not practice and are questionable.

Matt Hasselbeck (left wrist), Colin Cole (ankle), John Carlson (hip), Roy Lewis (knee) Chris Clemons (ankle), Matt McCoy (head) and Lofa Tatupu (knee) were full participants in practice and are probable.

San Francisco: K Joe Nedney (right knee) and OT Joe Staley (fibula) are out.

RB DeShawn Wynn (ankle) and CB Williams James (concussion) are limited participants and doubtful.

CB Nate Clements (knee), LB Parys Haralson (ankle), DT Aubrayo Franklin (groin) are questionable.

OT Anthony Davis (back), WR Josh Morgan (shoulder), CB shawntae Spencer (ankle), TE Delanie Walker (ankle) and RB Brian Westbrook (non-injury related) are probable.

Notes from practice
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  1. Williams a game-time decision? I’m stunned!

    How about we just line up Williams as a decoy to open up the field for everyone else.

  2. CaliSeahawker says:

    Probably the biggest game of the season for the Seahawks. To be without two of their top wideouts would be maddening! We need this game, in order to have any chance at the playoffs. Sadly, I don’t see it happening.

    I’m crossing my fingers for this one – perhaps the absence of Gore plus having Cole back means the potential for stuffing their running attack is pretty good. It may be up to Alex Smith and the passing game. to get the job done foe SF. Hoping we don’t get raped by Davis lol.

  3. Without Big Play Ben and Williams, another 50 QB rating for Hasselbeck could be around the corner. Where is Jimmy Clausen when you need him to bail the Seahawks out?

  4. hawkfan777 says:

    Yes, Hasselbeck will continue to suffer with a poor QB rating without having his starting receivers. Peyton Manning has really been struggling lately (11 interceptions in his last 4 games). His last game was his best in his last 4 and I am sure that the Titans missing their starting CB’s may have helped.

    Maybe consistency with your offensive line and wide receivers actually makes a difference. Who would have thought?

  5. chuck_easton says:

    “Game time decision” is Carroll speak for “no friggen way the dude is suiting up on Sunday, but if I tell you that now the other team can game plan for it”.

    Name one game this season where a player that was a ‘game time decision’ on Friday played on Sunday? I can’t think of one.

    Looks like we’ll be without BMW and Obiwan on Sunday.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    “Where is Jimmy Clausen…”? Lol. They’re facing Alex Smith. Alex Smith, of more career ints than TDs… That should be plenty enough for the ‘Hawks to take advantage of.

    And Vernon didn’t “rape” anyone week one (nice game but well contained). I see no reason that should change this weekend.

  7. Peyton Manning gets Reggie Wayne. Matt Hasselbeck gets Deon Butler. Lets bitch about how Matt sucks some more.

  8. A 50 QB rating at home with good pass protection against the worst team in the NFL is beyond bad. Hasselbeck looked just as bad as Jimmy Clausen out there.

    Unless Big Play Ben can go on Sunday, I doubt Hasselbeck even manages a 60 QB Rating. He needs a stud like Obomanu to look good.

  9. The Seahawks always dominate the bottom tier of NFL QBs but I wouldn’t quite put Alex Smith in that category – he’s inconsistent enough to pull a fast one on the Seahawks.

  10. “A 50 QB rating at home with good pass protection against the worst team in the NFL is beyond bad. Hasselbeck looked just as bad as Jimmy Clausen out there.”

    In the 2nd half? When the Hawks outscored Carolina 28-0? I think your hate is skewing your objectivity. And we all know that QB rating doesn’t always accurately reflect how the QB’s game played out.

  11. ” . . but I wouldn’t quite put Alex Smith in that category – he’s inconsistent enough to pull a fast one on the Seahawks.”

    This I agree with – I think that when Smith doesn’t make early mistakes, he can be a very accurate/efficient QB. We’ll see . . .

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Hass was 7 of 14 for 108 and a pick in the second half. His passer rating (not QB rating, there is no such thing) was likely lower in the second half.

    After nearly 6 seasons, Alex Smith still gives some the illusion of a competent starting QB in the NFL. I have no idea how.

  13. MattandCindy says:

    I know I’m gonna hate being the only guy who thinks the ‘Hawks will win, and then they blow it…but I’m doing just that . Besides the home field advantage, I really don’t see any other problems THEY can pose against US. It’s US, especially on the O side of the ball, that really hurt ourselves. Just like any other team, there’s potential for a big play at any time (A. Smith will be letting fly on Sunday). That being said, It’s just my opinion that they are in such a state of havoc and disarray on the field, and upstairs in the FO, that they are vulnerable to a trouncing from a visiting team.

    Even without our german luxury automobile, I think it’s a blue and green daisy cutter heading for San Fran this Sunday.

  14. MattandCindy says:

    P.S. – I didn’t mean the ONLY guy who thinks we’ll win…I just haven’t seen any super positive comments regarding this weekends game.

    You guys are all awesome (there’s a select few who are truly remarkable in they’re knowledge and insight…I’m sure you know who you are). I don’t post alot, but I check the comments at least 3 times a day. Thanks for all your knowledge dropping, guys.

  15. MattandCindy says:

    Okay, one more thing. I just came to realization that Matt Cassel is really not gonna start this week, and he’s my fantasy starter. It’s a 16 team league, and my waivers processed Wednesday. All I could get was Drew Stanton…and my backup has been Garrard (but I have Hillis, Chris J, Bradshaw, Lloyd and Wayne as starters! 11-2 baby!!!) Anyways…

    Who do I start at QB??? It’s the first week of the Playoffs. I’m scared, and in need of advice.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Garrard or Stanton? Garrard.

  17. MattandCindy says:

    4 word answer. Nice.

  18. It’s good for the Seahawks that Matt Cassel isn’t playing this weekend, because if KC loses to the Chargers, they will need to beat the Rams the following weekend to keep the Chargers at bay.

    As for the Niners, as long as the Seahawks can keep their running game in check (and with Cole back, that seems likely), Alex Smith will have a hard time. If turnovers are equal, I don’t see the Niners winning.

  19. pabuwal. why the hard on for #8?
    it’s like a nagging wife.

    It’s gonna be tough for the hawks this week. hope for the best.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    MattandCindy – Lol, I could elaborate about how conservative the Lions were with Stanton last week and how the Packers have the leagues best pass defense since week 9 (180 yards per game) and that Javid Best’s toe is a question… Then there’s the Raiders who are a bit more hit or miss fantasy-wise and are traveling cross country, and the Jags need a win to stay atop the south. If it were me, I’d go Garrard. (That said, Stanton will probably drop 300 and 2 TD on the Pack, lol)

    I’m in the first week of the playoffs in my league too, and I can’t decide to go Ivory or Woodhead as my flex player… I’m open to suggestions.

  21. MattandCindy says:

    Duke – Did you notice my answer was 4 words as well? lol

    I think I will go Garrard and cross my fingers. Hopin the rest of my team can carry him if needed. Stanton has potential, but I need some “right now” stats.
    Funny thing is….I totally got Ivory as my flex this week. I couldn’t decide between him and Malcolm Floyd.

    Thanks Duke. Ur friggin’ awesome.

  22. Dukeshire says:

    Actually, I didn’t. lol, well played, sir.

    I wish Pierre Thomas wasn’t coming back this week, would be a no brainer then. And even though Payton says he doesn’t want to cut into Ivory’s carries because he’s played so well, we all know how much weight coaches comments carry in these situations.

    Good luck whoever you decide on.

  23. I’m actually more concerned about Lofa’s health than Williams. With Cole back, the Seahawks should be focused on stuffing the 49ers running game and forcing Alex Smith to try to win the game, and that spells death for the 49ers. But Lofa is a big part of that plan and if he is hobbling on that knee then I have some concerns there.

    As for our WRs, we shouldn’t need that much from them if our D does its job and our O line and running game take one more step forward after their good progress last week.

    I agree with the poster who said just put BMW out there to draw coverage. Do the same with Obo. We have two good TEs we can be throwing to in Carlson and Morrah, Matt is getting comfortable with Brandon Stokley, and we have a healthy O line, Michael Robinson, and two good RBs to lead the rushing attack. The WRs should not have to make a lot of plays down field.

    I don’t see the Seahawks losing this game as long as the front seven solidifies and shuts down the 49ers need to run the ball.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    I’d like to see Siavii move to LDE a bit in place of Blamer, now that Cole is back. He’s a real liability up front as a starter. And until they can keep at least one side of the line from being collapsed or otherwise blown off the ball, they’re going to have trouble slowing nearly any rushing down.

  25. chuck_easton says:

    Actually this might be the weekend for Balmer to play. Pride is a big motivator for NFL players. He’s going up against the team that gave up on him and labeled him a bust. He will want to show them they made a mistake.

    If any weekend is going to be big for Kentwan this is the weekend.

  26. MattandCindy- I’d look to see if Kitna is available in your league. Samuel and Justice are both out for the Eagles so it turns into a decent matchup for him.

    Duke- I’d start Ivory unless it’s a ppr league, in which case I might start Woodhead. I’m starting Westbrook at my flex position, which I think is a (sad but true) good start. You might also consider James Stark or Ryan Torain if they are available.

    Anywho, that’s my humble two cents worth.

  27. Dukeshire says:

    Corn – It is a ppr league, that’s my dilemma. Woodhead’s been a pretty decent play in the flex because of that. I’ll probably go with him simply because no matter what Thomas’ role will be Sunday, he’ll take at least some carries away. Both Start and Torain are gone.

    Thaks for the input. It’s the playoffs, time to overthink everything… lol

  28. Dukeshire says:

    Chuck – I hope you’re right. That would be a real bonus.

  29. chuck_easton says:

    As someone who does not live in Seattle I can say that the rest of the world is writing us off completely.

    In yesterday’s paper the writer made this comment “does the NFL really want to subject the rest of the Country to a Seattle play-off game?” in picking SF to win.

    In today’s paper another writer picked Vernon Davis as a definite Fantasy player to have this weekend because “he’s going to be huge in leading SF to their play-off run”.

    Comments like this makes me want to have the team just go out and KILL the 9rs tomorrow.

  30. MattandCindy says:

    Cornutt – No Kitna available. For some reason this year just about everyone has 2 QB’s on their roster…and with 16 teams, that’s slim pickings. Thanks anyway though, man.

    chuck – Where do you live?!? Where is this bad, bad place that says these bad, bad things? It hurt my heart to just read YOUR comments…the article would probably turn me into a vicious tornado of teeth and fingernails.

    Anybody got any suggestions on either Sidney Rice, Malcolm Floyd, or Deion Branch for a WR3? ( Matt’s team is fine. My team needs help!)

  31. Dukeshire says:

    For what it’s worth, I’m starting Rice. He was targeted only 6 times last week but caught 5 including 2 TDs. And I think his role grows these last few weeks. And if Harvin, who is doubtful, doesn’t go, I think it’s a no brainer. Floyd would be my second option, especially considering Gates, Jackson and Naanee might all be inactive. The Pats spread it around so much it’s hard for me to get a good feeling about any of their receivers.

  32. Dukeshire: “I’d like to see Siavii move to LDE a bit in place of Blamer”

    Kentwan “Blamer”, huh? Think you’re being a little harsh on the guy? ;-)

  33. Dukeshire says:

    Lol, What’s up Freudian slip? That’s funny. And I do blame him…

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