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Ex-Hawk Colin Cole could start for Panthers on Sunday

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 6, 2013 at 10:53 am with 34 Comments »
September 6, 2013 10:53 am
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole (90) before an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010.
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole (90) before an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010.

Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports that former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole could start against his old team when Seattle travels to Carolina on Sunday.

Cole would start in place of Dwan Edwards. The 6-3, 305-pound nose tackle questionable heading into Sunday’s game due to a thigh injury.

Cole was one of the surprise final roster cuts in 2011. A two-year starter for the Seahawks, Cole never fully recovering from a serious ankle injury, and did not participate in Seattle’s training camp his final season.

Money also was an issue, as Cole was set to make $3.75 million in 2011, and the Seahawks had replaced Cole with Brandon Mebane at nose tackle.

Cole sat out the 2011 and 2012 seasons recovering from his ankle issue.

According to Person’s report, 11-year veteran safety Quintin Mikell likely will start in place of expected starter Mike Mitchell, who’s doubtful with a calf injury. Mikell played the last two seasons in St. Louis before signing with Carolina in free agency.

Rookie running back Kenjon Barner (foot) and cornerback James Dockery (thumb) have been ruled out for Sunday.

Receiver Domenik Hixon (hamstring) and starting left guard Amini Silatolu (hamstring) are questionable.

Person reports that if Silatolu can’t play, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera indicated that he would use a two-person rotation of recently signed offensive lineman Travelle Wharton and Chris Scott at left guard.

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  1. Just saw tweet from MRob (sorry-couldn’t copy it) excited about opportunity in Tennessee. Said “God is Awesome – when one door closes another opens up”

    Happy that he seems to be healthy enough to entertain other opportunities. Will be interesting to watch how it unfolds. Tennessee at Seattle Oct. 13 will be fun with Locker and potentially MRob returning.

  2. WiscCory says:

    LVHawk – I have to admit that you’re on your a-game when it comes to tracking Seahawks on twitter.

    Great for M-Rob. I hate the idea that the RealRob report has shifted to the Titan’s locker room and airplane.

  3. abqhwkfn says:

    After watching the Broncos game last night I think its fair to say Hawks will have to be able to score points quickly to compete in the NFL this season. Im not sure we have the horses to do that. I am still not sold on the passing game. Particularly at WR. Where do our explosive plays come from? And will RW have enough time in the pocket to push the ball down field?

  4. abqhwkfn says:

    I know our brand of football is ground and pound, use play action and play solid D. But can we win a shootout? And is it safe to say that there will be plenty of shootouts in the NFL this year? Particularly in the NFC with teams like GB, ATL, NO, Philly… Just wished I had a better idea of where the points are going to come from for Seattle.

  5. sluggo42 says:

    Ab, you’re not sold on rice, Tate and Baldwin, with kearse and will and Stephen and miller?

    Huh… I am

  6. abqhwkfn says:

    Sorry. Ive seen enough of Rice and Tate to know they are good but not great. Stephen I haven’t seen enough to pass judgement. Miller is solid as they come, but in no way can he be defined as explosive. Who else you got? And do you think those guys you mentioned are on par with Julio Jones, Calvin Johnson, Jimmy Grahm, Randall Cobb, Victor Cruz, Brandon Marshall, Dez Bryant? Sorry. I havent seen anything that tells me they are.

  7. abqhwkfn says:

    I hope I am wrong. But I definitely have concerns.

  8. abqhwkfn says:

    One of our young guys will have to have a breakout year for this unit to be formidable.

  9. Hawkjitsu says:

    abqhawk – Are you even a Hawk fan? Just seems like you came here to naysay. Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time some random guy gets picked on like the back brace kid in high school for no reason.

  10. abqhwkfn says:

    Yes. Im a huge fan. Been around this blog since the Sando days. I just voice my opinion. Sorry if your upset by that.

  11. Hawkjitsu says:

    I didn’t mean any disrespect…although the “I’ve been here since the Sando days” comment doesn’t really have any bearing. I have not been here since then, but my opinion counts just as much as anyones. Which is to say, NOT AT ALL!

  12. banosser says:

    So Manning lights up a poorous Ravens defensive backfield and now we’d have to score 50 to beat him… don’t think so… The Hawks DBs are light years better than the Ravens were last nite..

    News flash.. if the Hawks can advance to the SB.. and if they by chance actually happen to win it… IT WILL NOT BE EASY…

  13. Gotta agree with banosser, Seahawks secondary is on a different level than Baltimore. On a different level than most of the league for that matter. Ravens peaked last year and won it all, good for them. But now they need to rebuild. Manning’s one of the best ever and he has some very good weapons, but he would never hang 49 on this Seahawk defense.

  14. RDPoulsbo says:

    I’ll agree that the Hawks aren’t built to come from behind, which is why it’s extremely important that the D plays well and they establish the run early. If they can do that, they force the safeties to move up into the box where Wilson and the WRs can take advantage and throw over the top.

  15. Ravens also seemed to be gassed in the 3rd quarter. Looking at it now – that was a pretty tough home opener. Elevation combined with starters not fully getting up to speed in pre-season condition wise was telling. Anyone seen a weather report for Carolina?

  16. RDPoulsbo says:

    I think the lesson learned last night is that Flacco isn’t worth the 6 years, $120.6M contract. Not when the team has to gut every other position to pay that out.

  17. tealskin says:

    Just because Ravens’ defense sucked last night doesn’t mean Peyton is going to light it up every week or that defense no longer matters. Think you’re being an alarmist a little too early in the season. Like before the first game!!! Let’s wait and see how this plays out. Rice, Tate, Baldwin, Kearse, and Williams (and Harvin) are potentially a pretty formidable corps. Bigger issue is the Oline in my opinion.

  18. Report in Tennessee after MRob visit says he sill NOT be signing anything today

  19. “will” NOT

  20. dirtbiker_joey says:

    Actually, I read an article somewhere online that said Manning was just lucky. Luckiest quarterback in the NFL last night!

  21. banosser says:

    Doesn’t matter what Manning, or any other team does, if the Hawks don’t win 10am starts… especially this first one in Carolina

  22. I think Tate, Rice, and Baldwin are a fine wr corps. Sure, no Calvin Johnson there, which would be nice, but Tate is going to break out this year, and so is Baldwin. Rice is a polished, good WR. And Kearse is really playing well–lets hope that carries over to the regular season.

    Stephen Williams is a pretty interesting extra reciever, and is certainly better than having a Jacoby Jones. Im excited to see what these guys do this year.

    And, there’s Miller and Willson to think about as well.

    I think Seattle throws the ball a lot more than most people expect this year–especially early in the game. I think if they need to, they can and will sling the rock. Expect LOTS of fourth quarter running though to salt away wins!

  23. tealskin says:

    Banosser, Don’t think the first game is must win but a good indicator of what needs work. Don’t know what the staff is doing differently to prepare for those early games. Preseason early practices aren’t the answer.

  24. montanamike2 says:

    I think we have an awesome WR core considering we are a run oriented team. Speaking of the run game, we are super deep there. O-line is suspect though. They had to dumb down the playbook for him in his third year,(Cam), while Wilson has mentally outgrown him as a rookie. The sophomore slump comes from other teams studying a rookie QB and then figuring him out. Wilson is already ahead of everybody in that aspect.
    Cam is physically gifted, while Russell is smarter and more diligent.

  25. I will be surprised if we see significantly more passing, even though I do have confidence in our weapons (Rice, Tate, Baldwin, Kearse, Miller). The MO for this team has always been pound, pound, pound, take an occasional shot, pound, pound, pound some more, and wear down the defense. It looks like a slow start, but the defense is worn down and demoralized by the second half, which is where the ‘Hawks do their damage and close out the game. I don’t expect that to change much.

    Win or lose this weekend, it will not determine the season.

  26. “Luckiest quarterback in the NFL last night!”

    No way, Flacco is much luckier than Manning. He landed on a team with superior talent, especially on defense, and leveraged that talent into a big time contract that far exceeds his own average talent.

  27. Hawkjitsu says:

    OrrObb – Could not have even come close to saying it better. Perfect.

  28. I’m worried about our O-line more than anything. Russell needs time and this is a pretty strong front seven. I think their secondary is suspect if we can give Russell the time for receivers to get into their routes. I know you can’t put too much emphasis on what happens in the preseason but our O-line was porous and that scares me nonetheless.

    Also, call me crazy but having our seasoned Leo’s out for this one is concerning as well. I’m worried about containment on newton on the edge.

    Other than that, I’m cool….ha!

  29. freedom_X says:

    I don’t see how Michael Robinson signs before Tuesday. I don’t think Tennessee wants or needs him so badly that they will guarantee his contract for the year if they sign him before then (per league rules.)

    If that’s the case, then Robinson likely feels Seattle burned its bridges with him and isn’t interested in coming back. Of course, if the Titans sign him this week, guaranteeing his contract, Robinson could hardly refuse an offer like that.

  30. emperorzook says:

    for game day weather report goto

  31. Blaming Flacco for his receivers getting bumped off their routes as he threw the ball is silly. And the playcalling for Balts offense was pathetic–two screens in a row, lots of dumpoffs mixed in with home-run shots on third down…very conservative and Denver seemed to know what was coming all game.

    A sad performance by the coaching staff of Balt more than a bad game by Flacco.

  32. freedom_X says:

    If the playcalling fails, it’s “conservative.” If it works, it’s “creative.” Look at the composition of Denver’s pass plays in that game. They did very similar things. But Denver (Manning) executed and Baltimore (Flacco) didn’t. Denver went 78 yards on the “unimaginative” bubble screen reviled by Seattle fans ever since Bevell showed up.

    Flacco is a top-15 QB, top 10 if you want to push it, IMHO. He’s not his self-described “elite” or top-3 (salary) in my view. At best, he’s maybe a Matt Hasselbeck who can stay healthy. Maybe. Let’s see if he can singlehandedly carry an offense on his back, vs. being a QB that’s been able to get on a hot streak a few times late in the season.

  33. MoSeahawk12 says:

    The Ravens D suffered last night. The talk all offseason was that they had rebuilt their D on the fly and wouldn’t miss a beat. They gave up seven passing TDs last night. Last year it took until week ten for them to give up their seventh of the season. I think they misjudged the value and leadership of Ed Reed. The safeties were late on several of those throws last night.
    Our secondary is a much better unit and only two days to see what they can do again the Panthers.

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