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Gallery, Rice and Hawthorne on the practice field

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm with 11 Comments »
September 14, 2011 3:29 pm

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll discussed his team’s upcoming contest against Pittsburgh on Sunday, saying the game was another challenge his team needs to meet head on.

“It’s a matchup that we need,” Carroll said. “We need to just keep taking on these tough, difficult situations on to see what we can make of it.”

It looks like he’ll get some key players back to help in that task. Offensive guard Robert Gallery, receiver Sidney Rice and linebacker David Hawthorne all suited up for practice today.

With Gallery back, rookie James Carpenter moved back to right tackle and worked with the first unit there, with Breno Giacomini taking reps at right tackle with the second unit.

Carroll would not commit to Carpenter starting at right tackle for Sunday’s game, saying he wanted to see how he looked throughout the week, along with how Gallery got through the week.

Rice also was in full pads today for the first time in three weeks, but was a limited participant in practice. Rice went through individual work at the beginning of practice and looked comfortable catching the ball, but did not participate in team drills.

“He ran around a lot and caught a lot of balls today,” Carroll said. “What that means, I don’t know. But it’s better than not seeing him do it, and so it was good to have the legs back there, and I know he felt good to be back in there with his teammates.”

Hawthorne was full-go working with the first unit defense and says he feels ready to go, coming back from a knee issue.

“We’ll work our way through the week and see what that means,” Carroll said. “We got to see how these guys who have been out respond tomorrow, and can they come out and practice at full speed tomorrow. So we’ll take it one day at a time.”

Seattle players who did not practice today for Seattle include rookie offensive tackle Jarriel King (ankle), fullback Michael Robinson (ankle), defensive end Dexter Davis (hip), cornerback Byron Maxwell (ankle) and linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring).

Seattle adjusted his practice and meeting schedule by moving everything up a couple hours, which he hopes will help better prepare his team for playing in the Eastern time zone on Sunday.

“This is a big deal for us,” Carroll said about the earlier practices and meetings. “We’re going to have three big weeks to go to the East Coast. And I want to get our guys to learn how to do this and be comfortable with the format.”

Carroll praised Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his ability to make plays outside the pocket.

“He’s such a big, strong guy that he can just shed the rush,” Carroll said. “You have to really work to get him down. And he does not give up on a play. He won’t throw the ball away. He won’t waste a play – he’s going to go find something to do with it, because he’s been so good at it.

“And so, boy, there’s a big play just waiting to happen with him. He’s a very, very volatile football player that we have to a great job with in coverage, we have to stay on top. And then we have to stay alive on our rushes so we can get to him and hopefully keep him from making those types of plays.”

For Pittsburgh, receiver Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring), linebacker James Farrior (non-injury related), offensive guard Chris Kemoeatu (knee), defensive end Aaron Smith (non-injury related) and receiver Hines Ward (non injury-related) did not practice.

Cornerback Curtis Brown (ankle) and cornerback Bryant McFadden (hamstring) were limited participants.

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  1. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Gallery is instrumental in establishing the aggressive mentality across the line, I hope he’s back.

    But come on Rice, all the talent in the world is useless if he can’t get on the field…

  2. BobbyAyala says:

    Pete, you need this matchup like a hole in the head.

  3. When Big Ben takes off running, hope Hawthorne or Kam, or ? is there to keep him outta the end zone.

  4. i never did hear what the injury to Rice’s shoulder is – is it a sprain or separation?

  5. princeaden says:

    How is it that Sean Locklear can start and play all year as a Rookie for a Superbowl team and do quite well from what I remember ? And I am watching our 1st and 3rd round picks from this year, not to mention Okung, getting abused and making some guy named McDonald look like Reggie White. This, along with a few other personnel moves I’ve seen make me question just how good Pete and JS are at talent evaluation. Just sayin’.

  6. Palerydr says:

    The only thing Gallery is aggressive in seeking is his paycheck.

    If we win only 1 game this year then let it be this one. I hate the Steelers I won’t even draft them for my fantasy team.

  7. Soggybuc says:

    Because it’s much easier to hide a rookie lineman on a very good veteran line with strong tight ends to his side and a FB like Mack Strong to pick up his mistakes while he’s playing on an offense that was quick paced and left little time rushers to get there anyways after Holmgren spent 6 years re making the roster into something that was able to compete for a championship.
    Just saying

  8. princeaden, Sean Locklear never started any games as a rookie.

    If Gallery is healthy for Sunday’s game, I hope they look at a line of
    Okung, Gallery, Unger, Moffitt, Polumbus

    If Gallery is out, then
    Okung, Carpenter, Unger, Moffitt, Polumbus

    With Carp getting his second week of practice and second game at LG, he should be okay there. But I don’t think he should be trusted with pass pro at RT. He’d not ready to stop Woodley along with Palumalu’s S blitzes. Polumbus has the most experience at pass pro of any of our OTs.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    ACIB – Are you not aware Gallery was widely considered “soft” up until last year? He may be coachable. He may understand the scheme. He may even be a better than average guard (at his best). But for aggressive mentality, I’ll take Okung or Mofitt over him everyday of the week.

    If Gallery starts then Carp has to play RT. No need to hide or coddle him. He was drafted to play week one at RT and that was delayed. Nice to know he’s got the versatility they thought he may have, but he was selected in the 1st to play RT (and IMO should only be moved upon total failuer). I like Polumbus as a reserve but no way (again IMO) he gets the nod over Carp’s potential 1st start at RT.

    (However, if Gallery cannot go and Carp goes to LG, I hope to hell Polumbus starts at RT over Breno. He was a inept as I suspected and frankly “knew” he would be last week. ((nothing personal, I’m sure he’s a charming fellow. Still…))

  10. Welcome back, Duke.

    For now, I like Carp at LG. I just doubt it benefits the team to start him at RT, yet. I’m kind of hoping to see him get another game at LG instead of Gallery. I was watching replays and he improved a lot there just through the course of one game last week. That was after only 3 practices. Maybe he and Okung can work together to open some holes for Lynch this week. I know they’re paying him RT money, but for now, I’d keep him doing what he can do best, and LG may be that.

    Sure as heck hope Rice plays. That could really open things up.

  11. Welcome Back Duke! Where ya been? All ok with you, I hope….

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