Wednesday notes: Get ready for Wolf Grey
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Hey guys. I'll be filling in for Danny today and here are a few notes from Seahawks practice Wednesday, which included a midweek news conference with coach Pete Carroll.
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--- First off, as expected, the team will wear Wolf Grey for Sunday's game against Buffalo in Toronto. It's the first time Seattle will have worn its new third uniforms from April's redesign and only the second time an alternate jersey has been worn at all (Sept. 27, 2009, against Chicago in these). "It's our one chance we can do it, so we picked this game out a long time ago," Carroll said Wednesday of the Wolf Grey.
--- Sidney Rice suffered a bruised foot, apparently in Sunday's game, Carroll said. The injury was somewhat of a surprise, and the receiver's status is uncertain going into the weekend. Carroll said X-rays and an MRI didn't reveal any serious damage, but Rice is currently in a boot due to the soreness. Charly Martin was mentioned as someone who could see an increased role but that there could also be some shuffling within the receiving corps.
--- Cornerback Marcus Trufant was not set to practice Wednesday due to his hamstring injury.
--- Carroll said linebacker Leroy Hill (ankle) should be back to full speed but noted that the situation is now a competitive one between Hill and Malcolm Smith, who has started the past two games. They will split time in practice.
--- Another ongoing competition is J.R. Sweezy and John Moffitt on the offensive line.
--- This, of course, will be Marshawn Lynch's first game against his former team. Carroll explained that the Seahawks had pursued the running back for several weeks from the Bills before the teams eventually agreed on a trade back in 2010. So what eventually made the deal go through? "I think (GM John Schneider) just wore them out," Carroll said with a laugh.
--- The team has exhausted all its padded practices, so players won't be wearing pads in drills for the rest of the season. Carroll noted that it will require a bit of a transition.
--- This weekend will be Seattle's last road game of the regular season, which was one of Carroll's first notes from the news conference: "We want to end this on a good note, the road season. We had some troubles earlier, and coming off the last time we were out, we know we can do this."
--- Carroll had lots of praise for Bills running back C.J. Spiller, saying he was someone he had recruited years ago and considered drafting here in 2010. "He was one of the great players we ever came across and, boy, he has really torn it up," Carroll said. "As they build the offense around him, and he'll get even more activity now (with Fred Jackson injured), that means that you have a chance for them to score on every play -- run or pass."
--- The Seahawks are making a point of celebrating the 12th Man on 12/12/12. You can check out their Twitter account for pictures from around the practice facility and more.