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Archives: Aug. 2011

Aug.
31st

Carlson disappointed, awaits shoulder surgery

We had a chance to talk to Seattle Seahawks tight end John Carlson about his shoulder injury this afternoon.

Carlson said he injured the shoulder during Saturday’s practice after Seattle’s first preseason game against San Diego.

“I dove for the ball on one-on-ones, and I think the initial injury was there,” he said. “And I think later in practice I aggravated it blocking.”

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Aug.
31st

Hawks release P Gold, CB Parker

The Seattle Seahawks announced this afternoon that they have released punter John Gold and cornerback Ron Parker.

Seattle re-signed receivers Chris Carter and Patrick Williams to replace them on the roster.

Also, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is reporting that running back Clinton Portis will visit Seattle this week, fueling speculation that Marshawn Lynch’s ankle injury is more serious than we’ve been led to believe.

Carroll said that Lynch could have played last week if it were a regular-season game, so I view Lynch’s injury as more of a maintenance issue until told otherwise.

And I think

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Aug.
31st

Morning links: O-line a work in progress

Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable discusses the state of his offensive line in my story today.

Cable makes no excuses for his unit’s poor play. He says one rookie, offensive guard John Moffitt, is playing well. And he will try to get his other rookie, offensive tackle James Carpenter, up to speed by the team’s regular-season opener against San Francisco in 11 days.

But if that doesn’t happen, Cable is not shy about using other options, including reserve tackle Breno Giacomini.

“By the time we get ready to go for San Francisco we’ll do what’s best for us to win that football game,” he said. “If that means he’s (Carpenter) is able to come along in the next few weeks to get himself right – and I can get him right – then that’s what we’ll do. If not, then we’ll find someone who can, or we’ll double-team it or triple-team it. Who knows? But we’ll do what it takes to win the football game.”

John Boyle of the Everett Herald has a nice feature on Cable and his return to the Pacific Northwest. Cable’s a 1982 Snohomish High grad.

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Aug.
30th

A statue for Walter Jones

Now you can see former Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones whenever you want.

You just have to make a trip to Sea-Tac Airport.

Tuesday afternoon the Seahawks held an unveiling for a new, 8-foot bronze statue of the legendary Seattle offensive tackle. The statue sits out front of the team’s new restaurant at the North terminal of the airport, called the Seattle Seahawks 12 Club – named after Seahawks 12th Man.

The new restaurant is a joint venture between the Seahawks and HMSHost, a dining and shopping company for travel venues.

Jones’ likeness stands in full pads, ready

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Aug.
30th

Carroll: TE Carlson to have season-ending shoulder surgery; Carpenter and Giacomini split reps at RT

There’s lots of stuff happening today, so let’s get to it.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced the tight end John Carlson will have season-ending shoulder surgery to replace a torn labrum, and will be place on the injured reserve list.

Carlson has missed the last two preseason games with the hopes that he could avoid surgery, but know will have to spend the final year of his rookie contract rehabbing from shoulder surgery.

The move makes you wonder what the Seahawks knew about Carlson’s health when they signed free agent tight end Zach Miller during the first week of training camp.

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Aug.
30th

Morning links: Gurode to visit Hawks

Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode (65) during an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

ESPN’s John Clayton is reporting that Andre Gurode, recently released by the Dallas Cowboys, will visit Seattle this afternoon.

Clayton reports that Gurode has generated interest from six teams.
The five-time Pro Bowler was let go by the Cowboys after declining to restructure his $5.5 million base salary for 2011.

However, with the Seahawks recent struggles up front, the 33-year-old would add some much-needed experience. A natural center, the Seahawks could plug him in the middle and move Max Unger to right guard. Or they could plug in Gurode at center and move third round pick John Moffitt to the bench.

Gurode played for Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable while he coached at Colorado, and also played some guard for the Cowboys before moving to center in 2006.

Here’s some background on what happened with Gurode in Dallas.

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Aug.
29th

Seahawks cut roster down to 82 players

The Seattle Seahawks remained busy today, cutting down to 82 players in anticipation of tomorrow’s deadline by the league to get down to an 80-man roster.

The Seahawks released WR Brandon Smith, LB Neal Howey, DL Teryl White, WR Chris Carter, WR Patrick Williams, FB Ryan Travis, CB Jesse Hoffman and OL Zach Hurd.

Seattle still has to cut two more players before Tuesday.

Aug.
29th

Hawks trade Kelly Jennings to Bengals

The Seattle Seahawks announced this morning that they have traded cornerback Kelly Jennings to the Cincinnati Bengals for defensive tackle Clinton McDonald.

A first round pick (31st overall) by Seattle in 2006, Jennings played in 78 games with 43 starts, with 200 tackles and 47 passes defensed, including a career-high 13 in 2010.

But overall during his career in Seattle, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound corner had struggled with making plays on the ball, with just two career interceptions in five years.

The Seahawks also appear to be pleased with the overall depth at cornerback, with CFL product Brandon Browner

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