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Archives: Nov. 2012

Nov.
30th

Trufant doubtful; Rice questionable

A couple new injury situations cropped up Friday as the Seahawks prepared to fly to Chicago for Sunday’s game against the 8-3 Bears.

Veteran nickel back Marcus Trufant was listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury, while receiver Sidney Rice was added to the injury list as questionable because of a calf that tightened up. “Marcus, at the end of practice yesterday, felt his hamstring,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We took a look at it and he’s got an issue there we’re going to have to deal (so) with we put him down as doubtful at this time. We’re really surprised

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Nov.
30th

The 5 spot: Bears in focus


Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, left, and wide receiver Brandon Marshall watch players warm up before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune was gracious enough to take the time and answer five questions on the Chicago Bears as the Seahawks prepare to travel to the Windy City for the third straight year.

McClure is an excellent source of information on the Bears, and you can follow him on twitter here, or get his insight and others at The Chicago Tribune’s web site.

McClure answers five questions on the Bears below.

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Nov.
30th

Morning links: Stopping Brandon Marshall


Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) gives a stiff arm to Minnesota Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson (24) in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The focus of my story today was how the Seattle Seahawks will defend one of the most productive receivers in the league in Chicago’s Brandon Marshall.

Marshall is among the league leaders in receptions (81), and yards (1,017). His 124 targets dwarf the second-most targeted receiver on the team, Earl Bennett (40). And at 6-4 and 230 pounds, Marshall will be one of the most physical receivers Seattle cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman face this season.

“I’m impressed about their swagger, and they present some challenges just because of that, Marshall said. “I’m excited about the matchup and getting this opportunity to compete against them.”

However, Browner and Sherman have done a good job of limiting talented, big receivers this season, holding Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald (four catches for 63 yards), Dallas’ Dez Bryant (three, 17) and Detroit’s Calvin Johnson (three, 46) all under 100 yards receiving.

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Nov.
29th

Bryant, Hill miss second day of practice

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant (foot) and linebacker Leroy Hill (ankle) did not practice for a second straight day today, as the team worked out inside today.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told us on Wednesday that if Bryant can’t play, Alan Branch would move outside to defensive end, and rookie Greg Scruggs would take Branch’s place at defensive tackle.

“Alan’s played some of the same techniques that Red did last week,” Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “And he’s practiced it through the week, and all the way up through the season, because we’ve had to have a

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Nov.
29th

Russell Wilson’s birthday; Leon Washington honored

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson turns 24 today. But the rookie out of the University of Wisconsin said he didn’t ask for anything special.

“Just to relax, go to practice – that’s about it,” Wilson said. “Not too much. I don’t really like too much. I just like relaxing, hanging out.”

Wilson understands he’ll face a tough challenge on the road against an experienced, physical Chicago defense at Soldier Field.

Wilson played at Soldier Field last season while at Wisconsin against Northern Illinois, so he’s familiar with the stadium.

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Nov.
29th

Seahawks Insider pick ‘em – Week 13


Seattle Seahawks' Heath Farwell (55) and Brandon Browner, left, celebrate Browner's interception in the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 30-20. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

We’re heading down the backstretch of the season. And with five games left, Dudlbger1 leads our Seahawks Insider pick ‘em contest with 118 correct, followed by JazBadAzz with 117 and Webb_master12 and Wabubba67 are two back at 116.

I’m still trying to make it to the first page of the leaderboard, with 104 correct on the season.

JazBadAzz and Wabubba 67 led Week 12 with 14 correct last week. I was much further back, predicting nine correct for a third straight week.

Check out the results and get your picks in here.

Nov.
29th

Morning links: No distractions for Sherman


Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman carries the ball in the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Seattle. After a series of significant injuries to teammates Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond, Sherman is now being rewarded as the first-team cornerback for their upcoming game against the Cincinnati Bengals scheduled on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

In my story today, while reporters huddled around Richard Sherman’s locker with a Seahawks media relations person looking on, the Seattle cornerback remained up-beat about playing this weekend at Chicago.

Sherman said he won’t let the possibility of a four-game suspension for his alleged violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy serve as a distraction.

“Not at all,” Sherman said. “It doesn’t affect me at all. It happens like that a lot. There’s always a misunderstanding and mishaps, and all you can do is continue to go about your job the same way you’ve been going about it and let things play themselves out.”

And others like Golden Tate are following Sherman’s lead.

“Honestly, I personally don’t have time to think about, ‘What if we do have guys? Or what if we don’t have guys?’ ” Tate said. “I’ve got to prepare myself to help this team win, and that’s the only thing I’m focusing on. I pray for the best for the situation for those guys, and that’s the only thing I can really do.”

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