Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I hope you enjoy a day of eating turkey, watching football and giving thanks for all the good things in your life.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes about someone thankful for a second chance after a season-ending knee injury last season – Seattle Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant.
The Texas A&M product is Seattle’s recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award this season, given to the player who “exemplifies commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage and is recognized as a source of inspiration in the locker room.”
Bryant also has emerged as one of the team’s charismatic leaders on defense.
Boling: Bryant has been winning over people for a long time. Here’s a stunning sign of respect: He was voted a team captain at Texas A&M as a redshirt freshman.
He also overcame dyslexia to earn his degree.
He wowed scouts with his toughness the week of the Senior Bowl when he got into a scuffle with eventual Bears first-round draft pick Chris Williams. Bryant obviously wanted to make it clear he was not going to be pushed around. When asked if the dust-up was a case of “boys being boys,” he said: “Nah … I was trying to break his facemask; I think I almost broke it … I know he had a headache for about two days.”
Here’s my story on Seattle safety Kam Chancellor and his thoughts on his second fine for a helmet-to-helmet hit against St. Louis. Chancellor didn’t want to discuss how much the fine was, but according to the new CBA the fine for a second offense on a helmet-to-helmet hit is $40,000. The league usually announces the fines on Friday, two days after notifying the player.
You can listen to Chancellor talk about the play with Bob Stelton, Dave Grosby and Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle in this audio clip. It’s about 45 minutes in.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com notes that Chris Clemons is Seattle’s first NFC Defensive Player of the Week winner since Michael Mccrary in 1996 in Wednesday’s practice report.
ESPN’s Mike Sando likes the Seahawks over Washington 16-10.
Brian Burke writing for the New York Times Fifth Down Blog gives Seattle a 56 percent win chance.
ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard breaks down Justin Forsett’s 22-yard touchdown run.
Mike Jones of the Washington Post writes that Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson is looking forward to playing against his former team.
More Jones: He writes that Lynch is the offensive player to watch for Seattle.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune, Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times and KJR’s Hugh Millen and Mitch Levy talks about the Seahawks upcoming matchup in this audio link.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com takes a closer look at Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is moving up the draft board after a strong performance against a good Oklahoma defense last week.