The Seattle Seahawks had four players watch practices from the sidelines due to injuries this afternoon.
Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (ankle), cornerback Brandon Browner (hamstring), defensive tackle Jordan Hill (biceps) and safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring) did not practice today.
Defensive ends Chris Clemons (knee) and Cliff Avril (hamstring), along with offensive lineman Michael Bowie (shoulder) and receiver Sidney Rice (knee) were limited.
Tight end Luke Willson (oblique) was a full participant in practice.
For San Francisco, running back LaMichael James (knee) is the only person listed on the injury report. James did not practice.
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell talked about facing San Francisco’s defense with defensive tackle Justin Smith, who did play in the last game between the two teams in December because of a torn triceps injury.
Smith had surgery to fix the issue this offseason.
“He makes a huge difference,” Bevell said. “I feel like he’s one of the leaders over there. He’s been playing a long time. He’s very savvy with his technique He gets a great push. He does some really nice things with the games with Aldon (Smith), and now they’ve moving Aldon around, and they’re moving Ahmad (Brooks) around as well. So he’s able to help those guys and free them up.”
Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright said he expected to see more traps and counters the second time his team faced the 49ers last season, particularly because they worked so well against Seattle’s defense.
“They actually didn’t run it that much, which was kind of surprising,” Wright said. “But we still prepared for it. We scooted up our linebackers and said ‘Hey, if they run this trap we have to make sure that we scoot up, and make sure we get to down hill when they get to down hill.’”
Wright also said he looks forward to the festive atmosphere at CenturyLink Field.
“I enjoy that,” Wright said. “I enjoy people getting hyped up for our games. It gets up hyped up to. But at the same time, were not going to get too hyped up. We have to still play with poise, play under control and make sure we play good, sound defense.