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Archives: Aug. 2008

Aug.
30th

Logan Payne quotes

WR LOGAN PAYNE

(On the injuries to wide receivers…) I was just hoping that I didn’t take a shot to my rib. We’ll be all right, we have a good group. Bobby and Deion are getting healthy, so they will get back. We just have to suck it up until we get this thing right.

(On having so many wide receivers….) I think we have a great group. Across the board, probably the best group that I’ve been a part of since I’ve been in the league, and it’s only been a couple of years. From top to bottom we have a lot of guys that can play. We just have to get everybody healthy and get this thing going.

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Aug.
30th

Mike Holmgren quotes

opening…) Well, preseason is over. Tomorrow, we have some difficult decisions to make, I think it is fair to say, particularly at wide receiver, because Ben Obomanu, he got hurt. We just have to see. We are going to meet tomorrow morning at the facility. We are going to have preliminary talks tonight, and then we will sleep on it and bang it around a little bit more tomorrow.

(On Ben Obomanu’s injury….) He has a broken clavicle. So, it’s a tough one. He got off to such a great start, I feel bad for him. He hadn’t touched the ball much in the preseason, but he was very much in our plans, and knew all the positions, he’s a very steady guy, and he got off to a great start tonight, it was too bad. But, it happens, unfortunately.

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Aug.
29th

Postgame wrapup — Ben Obomanu suffers broken clavicle

First and foremost, all the dynamics we previously discussed were thrown into disarray because Ben Obomanu suffered a broken clavicle that may have ended his season. Mike Holmgren said Obomanu was a candidate for IR but the decision will be made today. It moves everybody up a notch, meaning that Logan Payne is likely in, though Holmgren was not willing to rule out Michael Bumpus, who led the team with three catches and 53 yards.

It also probably puts Justin Forsett on the roster because if Forsett is not the return man it was probably Obomanu. Without him, I don’t know who they would go with back there. It wouldn’t be Courtney Taylor if he is starting at flanker, and the ranks start to get thin at that point. If you read the game story I posted earlier, Holmgren had a quote about Forsett’s chances and was complimentary of his ability to overcome his start.

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Aug.
29th

Game story

Here is the unedited version of my game story and notes that I just filed for tomorrow’s News Tribune:

By Frank Hughes
Frank.hughes@thenewstribune.com

How’s this for an indication the Seattle Seahawks were in a relatively meaningless preseason game on Friday night?
Trailing by 10 points early in the third period, Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin allowed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to attempt a 66-yard field goal.
When Janikowski came up short by 10 yards, it gave the Seahawks the ball in Oakland’s territory, whereas a punt would likely have pinned the Seahawks inside their own 20.
Field position?
Overrated.
Final score?
About the same.
Yes, the Seahawks won their third of four exhibitions by a 23-16 margin before 67,163 ready-for-the-regular-season fans at Qwest Field. But this game was more about staying healthy and getting a full chance to evaluate the players fighting for the final roster spots.
The Seahawks didn’t do so well on the first front even though they didn’t put many of their front-line players in the game.
They lost wide receiver Ben Obomanu to a broken clavicle that knocked him out of the game in the first quarter and may have ended his season. Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said Obomanu is a candidate for the injured reserve, thought that determination will come today.

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Aug.
29th

quickie roster speculation

Here’s a dirty copy of the Boling column for Saturday morning looking at the roster issues. Note, the game isn’t over so we have no final score.

BOLING SATURDAY

Okay, now that the jayvee game is finished – Seattle’s reserves beat Oakland’s reserves ?-? – we can get to the real issue: Who’s going to be on the Seahawk roster when they land in Buffalo for next week’s regular-season opener?
This won’t be easy. But that’s a good thing.
Maybe it’s irrelevant to how a team will fare in the long run, but it seems that one measure of the strength of a team’s roster is the quality of the players who can’t make it.
It’s fair to expect that some good players aren’t going to be around after today’s final cut.

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Aug.
29th

First-half wrapup

There has been some pretty good play and some not-so-good play, but overall I would say that the guys who need to make a good impression are feeling the pressure of the occasion. Justin Forsett fumbled a punt; Logan Payne dropped a ball; Jason Babin nearly jumped offsides, but then it was reversed.

T.J. Duckett has probably solidified a spot with his big first quarter, which included a 24-yard touchdown run and 40 yards on four carries. But it is going to be an interesting decision tomorrow, especially regarding Forsett.

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