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Trufant doubtful; Rice questionable

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Nov. 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm with 32 Comments »
November 30, 2012 1:45 pm

A couple new injury situations cropped up Friday as the Seahawks prepared to fly to Chicago for Sunday’s game against the 8-3 Bears.

Veteran nickel back Marcus Trufant was listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury, while receiver Sidney Rice was added to the injury list as questionable because of a calf that tightened up. “Marcus, at the end of practice yesterday, felt his hamstring,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We took a look at it and he’s got an issue there we’re going to have to deal (so) with we put him down as doubtful at this time. We’re really surprised that popped up; it’s going to be really hard for him to get back from that.”

Rice was limited through the last third of practice on Friday. “We held him out at the end of practice today,” Carroll said. “He felt his calf tighten up a little bit, so we limited his work at the end of practice. We just have to see what happens tomorrow, but we think he’s okay.”

Walter Thurmond would be expected to step into Trufant’s role as the third cornerback in the nickel defense. The impact of Trufant’s injury status could be compounded by the results of the pending appeal of suspensions of cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. If Sherman and Browner are taken down for four games for violations of the league’s ban on performance-enhancing drugs, the Seahawks’ secondary could soon face a critical manpower shortage.

Two other key injury concerns will be evaluated up until game time Sunday. Defensive end Red Bryant (foot)  and linebacker Leroy Hill (ankle) are listed as questionable. “(Bryant) did not do much today,”Carroll said. “We’re going to take him all the way up to game time; he’s dying to play. “Leroy Hill ran and changed direction and had a legitimate workout today, so we’ll check him out tomorrow and all the way up to game time to see how that goes.”

Earlier in the week, Carroll said that if Bryant can’t go, tackle Alan Branch would move to end and rookie Greg Scruggs would jump in at tackle. On Friday, he was more vague, suggesting that there would be a rotation up front.

Carroll was asked if his defense had a chip on the shoulder after last week’s fourth-quarter letdown at Miami. “Yes .. .we were disappointed how we played, particularly at the end of that game. These guys are very sincere about it, it’s a very serious group, with a lot of pride. I expect we’l l play very hard in this game.”

The Bears injury report for Friday ruled out receiver/returner Devin Hester (concussion) and guard Chris Spencer (knee). Receiver Ashton Jeffery (knee) was listed as doubtful. Key players considered probable after limited participation earlier in the week include: RB Matt Forte, LB Lance Briggs and CB Charles Tillman, all with ankle injuries.

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  1. aldenroche says:

    I hope Thurmond shows flashes of his 2011 self.
    We need help in the nickel package, big time.

    And his Bel Biv Devoe haircut will look sharp on the sidelines…

  2. Are these guys hurt or are they injured. There is alot on the line with this game. It didn’t have to be that way but….. they blew it in Miami, St Louis and Arizona. I would think that a pro athlete would do whatever to get in the game. “Money for nothing and chicks for free”. I guess

  3. If Rice doesn’t play, we’ll get beat by a couple of TDs. Just a gut feeling. So much for being competitive. He’s a 1,100 yard, 8-10 TD guy easy w/a good QB (or a 3rd-10th year Russell Wilson) and if Bevell/Cable/comPete or whatever he/she/it have planned on “offense” to ensure we suck, will do (again)…

    Of course, our “defense” has become defenseless, too. You can go to heck if you think that I hate the Seahawks from this post. I’m just being realistic in thinking we suck if winning a Super Bowl is the objective. Nevermind… we have plenty of fans who are happy never winning a Super Bowl as long as we can finish around .500 all the time as long as we’re in competitive games all the time. Derrr… Yes. I’m becoming mad/cynical at this “new” organization, too. There’s too much past of never winning the big one to not be (even though it’s not their fault).

    Time to get some players suspended and have a bunch of penalties again this weekend, too. We’re also on the road. Have fun… or something.

  4. abqhwkfn says:

    So is it time to start talking about next year yet? Or can we still get in the playoffs? I think we can. I think the biggest threat is Washington. Tampa and Minnesota have tough schedules.. I’m interested as to how this team responds to end this season.. Do they have some fight in them? Or will they just fade away…

  5. I’d keep thinking playoffs with the Rams and Cardinals still on the schedule but I’d like to see the Defense take the next step. To me, their bottom line performance is the same as we saw the final 8 games last year.

    BobbyK – watching football is supposed to be fun. You are my age and you are sounding like a grumpy old man over there.

    I do fear we can be seeing a repeat of the Erickson years – a college coach with a GM who did a spectacular job in rebuilding the young talent, a team that played the elite teams very tough on the road with close losses at KC, Denver and NYJ but a team that could never take the next step over 8-8. Also a team done in by sloppy, undisciplined play. I also thought the Seahawks were close to near-elite in those days.

  6. HawkyHann says:

    Next man up for Sidney. He’s hurt, again. Weird. Is it Braylon Edwards time?

  7. HawkyHann says:

    Where’s Russell Martin? We need him..

  8. Pabs–Watching this coaching staff bumble around with such a wealth of talent is anything but fun. I agree with Bobbyk.

    The injury news about Rice is just more Dog Poo Icing on the Horse Poo cake this season is turning into. Ive been waiting for 30 years for next year, and it never comes.

    Hopefully Thurmond can be better than Trufant has been. Bryant hasnt been doing much, but I doubt Branch can adequately replace him. Losing Bryant–even an injured, gimpy, half-speed Bryant that we’ve seen thus far this year–is gonna hurt.

  9. freedom_X says:

    I’ve heard that Rice’s injury isn’t a super serious one. If the report was accurate, he’ll probably play Sunday.

    If Rice could stay healthy maybe he’d be that guy who would be good for 8-10 TD’s a year. Problem is, he’s been healthy exactly one year out of 5 (with this season yet to be determined.)

    I think an elite receiver needs to help a mediocre QB (see Larry Fitzgerald) as opposed to being dragged down to a mediocre QB’s level. Most, if not all, top WR’s produce good numbers no matter who the QB is.

  10. DanielleMND says:

    Someone keep BobbyK away from sharp objects if the Seahawks lose.

  11. I like Sidnet Rice. Like him a lot. He’s got a ton of talent. But that said, I think we need to find a #1 receiver in the draft next year. (or #2 if Tate continues to grow.) Then maybe a LB and DT/OG.

    Sheesh…here I am talking next year’s draft…what’s that say for our current state? Been a rough week to be a Seahawk fan. :)

  12. Rice sounds like he’ll be okay to play. but in any case, its seriously time for Doug Baldwin to step up and play like 2011.

    Meanwhile… watch Brandon Marshall on Sunday. He is the WR Carroll and Schneider should have signed when they first came to Seattle. Prototype for the big physical split end we need. What we once hoped Mike Williams could be. Unfortunately, Chicago has him signed through 2015.

  13. I said over and over last week that the Miami game was worrisome. Any team that is struggling will experience a bounce at some point and put up a good fight on a mediocre or marginally-good team. That happened to us last week. Things converged against us and we were exposed as being marginally good, or worse, mediocre.

    The Bears are coming off a win and are probably a little too cocky, and conversely we are angry and embarrassed about the loss to Miami. To me this is a setup for the Hawks having the mental edge going into the Bears game. And for a roller-coaster team like the Hawks, it is all about mental edge. What else can account for the home vs. road performance?

    Anyway, I am feeling better about this game than the Miami game.

  14. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Rice has been healthier than last year and has contributed a ton to this team. He’s been very consistent and it looks like he and Wilson are developing better chemistry each week. That sideline catch last week when Wilson was on the run to his left was incredible. He’s only two TDs away from his career best when he had 8 in 2009 with Mr. Favre. He should easily get 8-10 TDs this season.
    We need him this game and it sounds like he has a tight calf. Should be able to go.

  15. God we need this game Sunday. Probably more than any other this season. Scares the hell out of me.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Like to see the defense take the next step…?! I pray you meant offense there, and you’d like to see the defense return to the form they showed earlier in the season. My god, are you serious?

  17. adamtoth says:

    Maybe its good that Bryant is out. Other teams have just been running the ball opposite of where Bryant lines up, and we haven’t been able to stop the run. With Bryant out, maybe our D will be less predictable for the Bears, and screw up their game plan.

  18. Screensmoke says:
  19. The Bears are pissed that Trufant is not playing…

  20. pabuwal says:

    Duke must be a member of the Defense’s PR firm.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    pabuwal must not have a clue about the symbiotic relationship between offense and defense. Moreover, he’s the most blindly apologetic person on this blog for the offense.

  22. confucious says:

    Duke, Time to take a look in the mirror. This defense has been figured out. You stated “marginal talent” on the line and linebacker positions if memory serves. There is truth to that. Others talk Bradley’s scheme etc. There may be truth to that. I’m sure you know better than I. But, in a evolving season, the offense is clearly gaining strength while the defense is on the decline.

  23. How did Richard Sherman become the best corner in the league (don’t say PEDs)? Even Pete Prisco is calling him that. Not sure if he’s quite that good.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/pete-prisco/21203265/week-13-matchups-marshall-ventures-to-sherman-island-

  24. Dukeshire says:

    Con – As you note, I have been critical of he defense, but that doesn’t mean that the offense is exempt from criticism. And while they may be playing better, just look at last week. 14 points. There is miles of room for improvement across the board. But I’m not throwing the defense under the bus completely when they are not as bad as being purported here.

  25. Dukeshire says:

    Did you guys hear about this tragic story, this morning? So sad. Wow.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/sns-tsn-abn-suicide-kan-20121201,0,3436635.story

  26. SandpointHawk says:

    25-year-old linebacker Jovan Belcher

  27. confucious says:

    Duke, understood. After watching miami run over the front seven like a mack truck, it is hard not to question the rating/effectiveness of the D. Had this been an anomaly, it would be an easier pill to swallow. The “O proponents” on this blog may be a bit vocal this week, but it is hard to question why. One thing that may plague this roller coaster season is veteran leadership. I don’t envision Hill or Tru as being that vocal. I’ve seen flashes of excellence from both the O and D this year. Perhaps a steadying focused influence may due these youthful players some good.

  28. confucious says:

    Terrible story. I can’t help but think steroids and the like. Pardon. But when seau does the same thing and you’ve got browner and sherman taking something for the “edge”. I don’t know. I guess when the edge is worth millions, you do anything.

  29. Sad story in Kansas City. Maybe the league should let that team reschedule Sunday’s game. I’m sure Belcher had close friends on the team who deserve a couple days off to deal with this.

    As for our D? I still say youth is the main culprit. Young teams rarely win on the road, it takes the kind of discipline and edge that only veterans have. The more young players you line up next to each other, the less chance you can win on the road. Irvin, Wagner, Wright, Chancellor, Thomas, Sherman — average NFL experience = 1.5 years. There is a lot of risk when they are all on the field together that at least one of those guys will make a critical mistake on any given play. Young players do that.

    Good news is this crew will only get better. They already know they can win at home. Now we get to watch how well they learn to win on the road.

  30. sluggo42 says:

    Damn, that is some sad news… It’s just wrong in a few different ways… God Bless that baby…

  31. Confucius–Seau didnt murder his baby’s mother. This guy did. Seau can be forgiven, I suppose, but this prick makes wish I believed in hell. Terrible thing. I cant believe KC will play this game Sunday. THATS messed up.

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