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Rice back to full speed

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Dec. 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm with 33 Comments »
December 14, 2012 3:38 pm

After missing practice Wednesday and Thursday with a foot injury, receiver Sidney Rice not only returned but was back to full speed Friday in the final preparation before heading to Toronto for Sunday’s game against Buffalo. “(Rice) did fine today and made it through practice,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s fine, he went full speed today. He’s got a sore foot but he’s fine, I don’t think there’s any issue with that at all.” Rice was in a protective boot in Wednesday’s practice.

Carroll announced that cornerback Walter Thurmond is out after suffering a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s practice. CB Marcus Trufant (hamstring) is also ruled out, but Carroll said he’s getting closer to a return. Their absences again mean more playing time for Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane. “We’ll play (Maxwell and Lane) in the rotation,” Carroll said. “Those guys did well last week and got extensive play.”

WR Charly Martin is listed as out with a calf injury.

LB Leroy Hill, who has been down with an ankle injury the past two weeks, will start, but his replacement Malcolm Smith also will play, as Carroll said the “competition will continue there. … He has extraordinary speed and it shows up on the field. Malcolm has played very well the past two weeks … he’ll play a lot in this game.” Smith’s speed could be of particular value against Buffalo rusher C.J. Spiller, who is averaging 6.6 yards per carry. “They’re explosive,” Carroll said. “We’ll see Spiller more; he’s got great numbers in the running and passing game; we have to really tune into him. He’s a factor who can really change things.”

The Hawks finished their first week of going through any practice without pads, having reached their limited of padded practices mandated by the collective-bargaining agreement. “It bothers the heck out of us as coaches, but it’s relative,” Carroll said. “Everybody’s basically in the same mode right now. All of a sudden, now,  you’re going to play the game of football and you’re practicing without pads on and there’s something different about that.” The biggest concern Carroll has is that it might lead to a loss of technique by players on the offensive and defensive lines.

Other notables on the injury report for Friday: Kam Chancellor (groin), Red Bryant (foot) and Marshawn Lynch (back/foot) are probable.

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  1. trout_hound says:

    Charlie Martin on IR. Braylon gone. Good thing Sydney is OK. We are getting thin at WR. If someone else gets hurt, we may be bringing T.O. back…

  2. HawkyHann says:

    Walter Thurmond is hurt, again. You have to be kidding. How many games has this guy played in his 3 year career?

  3. Damn Thurmond….that sucks when we are already really thin at CB. Hopefully its not too serious

  4. I cant believe they are letting Hill back in the lineup, Id rather have Smith and his speed.

    No mention of Shermann in days now, was his appeal officially pushed back from today then?

  5. Thank goodness Rice is ok. I’m not a Martin fan but I hate to see any of these guys get hurt and place on IR.

    Is Butler still available??? :-)

  6. Ewalters7354 says:

    Tom, from the looks of it Deon Butler is back! At least that’s what Doug Baldwin’s twitter says.

  7. Is Trufant playing this week?

  8. Really!!! I’d be a happy Seahawk camper if that is true…

  9. Dave Boling says:

    Seahawks clarification: Charly Martin is officially listed as out with a calf injury.

  10. Is there anyone more injury prone than Thurmond? Pretty ridiculous that he can never stay on the field.

  11. Dave, so no IR for Martin? Anything about the Deon Butler sighting reported by DB? We going to see Kearse this weekend?

  12. mindnbrad says:

    Would like to see Butler back. I have always liked him. Would be a great story if he came back and significantly contributed.

  13. sluggo42 says:

    I heard Martin is on IR, he done!

    Dion butler would be great,

    I think smith plays a lot over hill, the need for speed!

  14. kinger12 says:

    Really just diminishing returns on Thurmond – 22 games, 5 starts – since 2010 played 14 games in his first year, 6 in 2011 and now just 2 in 2012 and looks tenuous at best for the rest of the year.

    Not dissing the kid but just a tad fragile. Between WR and Corners we need some help! Hopefully the youngs one can pull it together

  15. Ewalters7354 says:

    I agree it’s very disappointing seeing Thurmond get injured so much.Dude is a baller when healthy. I believe he’ll play his rookie contract out and be gone soon after if he doesn’t start playing consistently.Reminds me of Atari Bigby when he was with the Pack.That guy stayed hurt.

    Hopefully Maxwell can make it through the game also.He is another that’s made of glass…

  16. sluggo42 says:

    Thurmond just has a hammi, and if its not too bad, he’ll be back just fine

  17. Dave Boling says:

    The Martin thing is a matter of timing and paperwork. Sherman was a full participant at practice Friday, a sign there’s no imminent suspension news. Carroll did not offer any word on the expected length of recovery for Thurmond when asked. The hamstring injury occurred while in coverage and did not involve any contact. It’s possible he bounces back quickly, but it’s absolutely fair to question his durability. It’s also fair to look at how hard (and often) this guy has rehabbed from serious injury. He also flashes a lot of talent in those moments when healthy. Haven’t heard any confirmation on Butler.

  18. JazBadAzz says:

    He are going to pick Ricardo Lockett off the whiners practice squad Monday to fill the wr spot. He will bring all of Harbarf’s little game plans and schemes with him for the game at home vs the whiners! Then dump him again after we win! Hell to the yeah!

  19. JazBadAzz says:

    *We= John and Pete

  20. Rice is always hurt and never plays in any games. He’s brittle. It’s a good thing he never takes any hard hits or he’d break in two. lol

  21. We don’t get to comment right away anymore?

  22. freedom_X says:

    Sometimes chronic injuries pile up on a person because their biomechanics go out of whack compensating for previous injuries. Though Thurmond’s injuries were of the broken bone variety weren’t they?

    Anyway, hopefully Seattle and Thurmond have a good therpaist analyzing his motion to make sure he’s not overcompensating and straining some new body part. That can get you into the vicious injury cycle, especially with tissue based injuries. Not sure a person can do anything about broken bones.

  23. Dukeshire says:

    There is nothing Lockette would be able to offer that the advanced scouting dept. isn’t able to provide. These two teams know one another intimately, at this point.

  24. And Lockette doesnt have to sign with Seattle if they claim him, as far as I know. Right now, he’s got more loyalty to Harbaugh than Carrol. Lockette is gone, get over it.

    I would like to see Butler back, especially since Baldwin hasnt done shit this year.

    Sucks to hear about Thurmond. That changes EVERYTHING. I am officially worried. I was hoping to eat my hat with Seattle winning out.

  25. Palerydr says:

    If you were going to pick up Lockette I would do it the wednesday of the week we play them as he would have knowledge of their specific game plan. I’m bummed that Thurman just can’t seem to stay healthy as I think he has some real promise as a DB. Hopefully Lane and Maxwell can get it done against a bottom half offense. I sure hope they don’t overlook this game cuz they have to win this one to make the next really meaningful.

  26. Ewalters7354 says:

    STTBM, I don’t think one man will end all hope.He only played half of game anyway. So those young guys playing time came at the right time.Not to mention having Sherman locking down the other side.

  27. Ewalters7354 says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Winston Guy playing soon…

  28. You have to sign a player to your active roster to get them off of another teams practice squad

  29. JazBadAzz says:

    Sigh…I was joking about Lockett, he has stone hands and can’t run routes good enough for our team (thats why we cut him)! And Im sure he would love to come back, Doug and him were best friends, besides Harbarf barely plays HOF WR Moss, he will never get a chance to even dress for a game! However I don’t condone bringing him back in! Peace :-)

  30. JazBadAzz says:

    WTF- This blog is screwed!
    Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!

  31. That one didnt come across as I intended. I just meant that Lockette is not coming back–even if Seattle tried to sign him to the active roster, with all the guys we have, he’s better off staying on the PS in San Fran than coming back here, and he likely knows this better than anyone.

    I didnt mean not signing Lockette would hurt Seattle. On the contrary, I think we’ll be fine. I just meant to give up on the idea that Seattle would get Lockette back and pick his brain. Not happening.

    No worries. Im kinda glad to hear butler is back. Dude was looking good, I cant believe no one in the NFL needed a fast slot WR…I dont expect him to save the world, but he can play all the WR positions and has done okay when given the chance. I think he’s a valuable fill-in.

  32. Now if we do have Deon Butler back, and RW finds him a pretty good target, do we start calling this connection the Short Line?

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