First, a couple things to tidy up from this morning’s press conference.
Seattle added linebacker Anthony Heygood to the practice squad, an outside linebacker out of Purdue.
Running back Louis Rankin is on the active roster, giving the Seahawks four running backs available. The UW product looked good returning kicks while in Oakland, so that could be a role he might serve for Seattle if he remains on the active roster for Sunday’s game.
But, of course, the news that most players were talking about was Walter Jones being placed on the season-ending injured reserve list for the second straight year.
Wide receiver Nate Burleson said he had just heard about the news when I talked to him after practice.
“If I didn’t know Walter, I would probably be disappointed because he’s not on the field,” Burleson said. “But I know Walter. He’s a good dude. And I’d rather see him be able to walk around, then to risk something and be another NFL player who 10 years from now can’t play with his child.”
Burleson believes the news gives the team a sense of closure, in terms of knowing that the guys currently on the roster are the ones they’ll have to work with for the rest of the season.
“Now we know that he’s not going to come back,” Burleson said. “Now we can move on and start to really establish what we’ve got.”
Offensive guard Rob Sims said the offensive line will try and go out and live up to the lofty standard Jones set during his career.
“Walt is the heart and soul if this offensive line,” Sims said. “We’re going to miss him, his leadership and stuff like that. But hopefully he can just go get better, and hopefully we can see him next year. He’s still a big part of this team. He’s still a big part of us, and he’ll be around. We’re going to try and play well for him.”
Cornerback Marcus Trufant, who’s been with Seattle for seven season, had this to say about the news on Jones.
“That’s just how it can go sometimes,” he said. “When you play for a long time, when things aren’t exactly going the way you want them to, things like that happen. It’s like that sometimes. I mean your heart goes out to him. I mean, I don’t know. It’s tough, but it happens.”
Offensive tackle Damion McIntosh now steps in to fill the void at left tackle, and says he’ll be ready to go on Sunday. The 10-year veteran says he hasn’t’ faced DeMarcus Ware before, but has a plan in how to deal with last season’s league sack leader.
“I’ve studied a lot of film on him, and pretty much just get myself prepared,” McIntosh said. “And just watch him and watch everything that he does. And other than that just worry about my game, and just be the aggressor, and not be the one that receives all the aggression.”
UPDATE: Here’s the injury report for today.
LB Lofa Tatupu (pectoral) is out.
QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib) did not participate in practice, along with OT Sean Locklear (ankle) and C.J. Wallace (hamstring).
RB Julius Jones (not injury related) and DE Patrick Kerney (groin) were limited in practice.
And OG Rob Sims (ankle) was a full participant in practice.
For Dallas, FB Deon Anderson (illness) and CB Allen Rossum (hamstring) did not participate in practice.
RB Marion Barber (thumb), S Gerald Sensabaugh (thumb) and LB DeMarcus Ware (foot) were full participants in practice.