Seattle Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne practiced for the first time this week in Seattle’s 90-minute walk through inside the VMAC on Friday.
Hawthorne appeared to move okay during team drills. He’s listed as questionable on the team’s injury report. However, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll expects his starting middle linebacker to play on Monday against St. Louis.
“We think he’s going to be all right,” Carroll said. “He looked okay today. I think it was a good effort to rest him, to get him strong for the week.”
Hawthorne said getting the added time off his legs during the week helps to get ready for game days.
“I think it helps out a lot,” Hawthorne said. “With my situation time is key and the most time I can get off and just let my body heal is always a positive.”
Hawthorne said he’s been dealing with his left knee injury, a medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain, since he suffered the injury against Minnesota in the team’s second preseason game.
Hawthorne missed Seattle’s season opener at San Francisco because of the issue, but has started 11 straight since then, leading Seattle in tackles for a third straight season.
Hawthorne also has three interceptions and a sack to his credit. The TCU product said he re-injured the knee a few weeks ago against Washington when he took a hit to the knee, having to leave the game but later returning.
“When I’m out there I ain’t even thinking about it,” Hawthorne said. “I get the adrenaline going, and I just go. It’s a situation where it ain’t going to get no better until I get a chance to completely rest. So I’m just grinding through it, and I’m willing to do that for the boys. And if I can go, I’ll go.”
Hawthorne, who’s been wearing a bulky brace to protect the injury, said he doesn’t expect to have to have surgery after the season is over.
Along with Hawthorne, defensive end Raheem Brock (calf), cornerback Kennard Cox (hamstring) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (illness) are questionable.
Hawthorne, Brock and Maxwell all were full participants in practice, while Cox was limited.
Carroll said that Maxwell, who’s been inactive the last two weeks recovering from pneumonia, will get an opportunity to play
For St. Louis, quarterback A.J. Feeley (right thumb) and kick returner Quinn Porter (abdomen) both did not practice and have been ruled out.
Defensive tackle Fred Robbins (back) and fullback Brit Miller (knee) did not practice and are questionable.
Quarterback Sam Bradford (ankle) and defensive end Chris Long (ankle) were limited participants and are listed as questionable. And offensive tackle Mark LeVoir (chest), defensive end Eugene Sims (ankle) and tight end Lance Kendricks (non injury related) are probable.
According to a report from the Associated Press, Bradford took half of the snaps in practice today, with recent addition Kellen Clemons taking the other half with the first unit.