December 12, 2013 at 4:06 PM
Seattle's participating report for Thursday's practice is out, and aside from linebacker K..J. Wright --- out six weeks or so after surgery on his foot on Wednesday --- the only Seahawks to not take part in any fashion were TE Zach Miller, WR Percy Harvin and CB Brandon Browner.
Miller is listed as having a rib injury. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did not meet the media today, and did not mention that injury earlier, so it's unclear the severity or whether Miller might miss Sunday's game against the Giants.
Browner was not expected to practice this week while battling a groin injury and not expected to play.
Carroll had held out some hope that Harvin might be able to practice this week. That he has not practiced yet, though, makes it that munch more unlikely that he will play against the Giants.
Center Max Unger, who did not participate on Wednesday due to a pectoral injury, was a limited participant today.
Everyone else was listed as a full participant, including players who sat out on Wednesday such as CB Richard Sherman (foot), RB Marshawn Lynch (shoulder), WR Doug Baldwin (neck) and LB Mike Morgan (knee).
As for the Giants, the most notable injury situation revolves around DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who did not participate in practice today and said afterward he didn't know if he will play against the Seahawks.
SCRUGGS, SIMON BACK TO PUP: Also today, the team has moved rookie CB Tharold Simon and DE Greg Scruggs back to the Physically Unable to Perform list, so they will not be able to play this season.
Each went on the PUP list to start the season --- Simon battling a foot injury and Scruggs rehabbing an ACL injury suffered in the off-season.
The team was able to bring each off the PUP list for three weeks or practice, after which they had to either be put on the active roster or back on PUP.
So each will now be on the PUP list until after the season, when rosters will again expand.
December 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM
Here is some video of what Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman had to say today during his weekly Thursday meeting with the media:
December 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was driving to the VMAC this morning when his phone rang --- 6:15 or 6:30 a.m. he estimated.
"It’s from Arlington, Texas,'' Wilson recalled today. "I’m like, who is calling right now? Anyway, I pick up and it’s Jon Daniels, the GM from the Texas Rangers. He said they drafted me today.''
Wilson, who spent two years playing in the Colorado Rockies' organization, said he didn't even know he was eligible to be taken in today's Rule 5 Draft.
"It's a pretty cool thing,'' Wilson said. "It’s my third time being drafted in baseball, so it’s a blessing for sure. At the same time, my focus is on football. Mr. Daniels and I talked about that, obviously. They knew that, but they just wanted to let me know that they got my rights from the Colorado Rockies. Anyway, it’s a blessing for sure but my focus is on football and what we are doing here.''
The Rangers later said they selected Wilson primarily hoping he might do some motivational speaking to young players during spring training. Wilson said that's something he'd be willing to do.
"Yeah definitely talking to their players and going down there,'' he said. "I’m sure I will go down there for spring training and talk to some of their players and hang out some. It would be kind of a cool experience. But that’s down the road. I’m trying to win a game this week and we’ll see what happens from there.’’
You can see what Wilson had to say about being taken by the Rangers in the video below:
December 12, 2013 at 7:57 AM
No, there's no worry that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will up and decide to play baseball again (remember that he spent some time in the Colorado Rockies' organization).
But that didn't stop the Texas Rangers this morning from taking Wilson in the Rule 5 Draft.
As this story explains, though, the Rangers' plans for Wilson are more off than on the field.
As the story states:
In truth, the more practical application of the Wilson draft is as a motivational speaker. The club would like to get him to spring training to speak with younger minor league players. Essentially, the Rangers paid $12,000 for a motivational speech.
“Everything you see and read about him, we think he’d have a positive message for all our guys,” (assistant general manager A.J.) Preller said. “The make up and the way he goes about his business, to have him part of the organization is something we really like.”
Wilson joins an ever-growing list of football talents the Rangers have acquired or drafted in recent years. While they did once trade for Heisman Trophy winner Rickey Willams, in the last five years they have drafted Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, Florida State quarterback (and likely Heisman Trophy winner) Jameis Winston and now Wilson.
So no, no worry that Wilson won't show up for the Seahawks' game Sunday against the New York Giants.
Here's more from SI.com.
UPDATED --- Here's a press release from the Texas Rangers with quotes from team officials explaining why they took Wilson.
And here's a story from NFLcom that quotes Wilson's agent as saying he "couldn't imagine a scenario'' where he actually decides to try baseball.
Wilson is scheduled to meet the media today for his regular Thursday press conference during game weeks, and undoubtedly will be asked about being taken by the Rangers today.
December 12, 2013 at 12:09 AM
While there was a lot of focus on penalties coming out of the San Francisco loss, the reality is that the Seahawks have been among the league leaders all season in getting flags.
They rank second in penalties this week with 104 behind only the 106 of Tampa Bay.
So it's not as if the team can just magically eliminate penalties.
The more realistic path, as the Seahawks prepare for Sunday's game against the New York Giants, is understanding what was called and why and trying to limit those that are the most preventable.
One example is the offensive pass interference called against Golden Tate late in the first quarter Sunday that wiped out a completion on third-and-five and led instead to a sack and then the punt that was blocked that resulted in a field goal and an early 6-0 lead for the 49ers.
Tate said Wednesday that play is an example of the kind from which the Seahawks can learn a lesson.
"Looking back at it, I think it could have gone either way,'' he said. "I think here at CenturyLink that might not be called. But after looking at it I think the separation that we had was kind of why they threw it, I think, because he was 2-3 yards away from me when we bumped, or whatever you want to call it. But it's something I've got to work on. I've got to find a way to play within the rules so it's not even a question. It would have been sad if that would have been late in the fourth quarter on a crucial third down play and I caught the ball but pushed off. So I've got to find a way to fix it and move forward.''
Now for some links. ...
--- Joshua Mayers notes that Eli Manning has historically fared pretty well against the Seahawks;
--- Here's our notebook with a lead item on Perrish Cox;
--- Here's our weekly Seahawks' fantasy tip;
--- Seahawks.com recalls that Tarvaris Jackson was Seattle's starting QB the last time Seattle played the Giants;
--- Seahawks.com also says a lot has changed since then;
--- The Seahawks will raise 12 Flags to celebrate fans on Thursday;
--- Update on Marshawn Lynch's DUI trial from ESPN.com (upshot --- nothing really new other than that the trial won't happen until after the Super Bowl);
--- Reuters says the Seahawks are hoping their trip to MetLife Stadium is a dress rehearsal for the Super Bowl;
--- NFL.com says Peyton Manning may have again distanced himself from Russell Wilson in the face for NFL MVP;
--- Wilson, though, is up to No. 4 on NFL.com's weekly QB rankings;
--- Giants defensive end Justin Tuck says the Seahawks are a team that will embarrass you if you are not ready "and then laugh at you about it'';
--- The New York Daily News has more on Tuck's comments;
--- The New York Times says the Giants will focus on winning what they can even though they are out of playoff contention;
--- The Wall Street Journal notes that the Giants have taken down their Super Bowl countdown sign;
--- Here is the Giants Wednesday injury report from ESPN.com;
--- The Associated Press has some stats and notes on the game.
--- Finally, Jeron Johnson, now out for the season with a hamstring injury, Tweeted this Wednesday afternoon:
December 11, 2013 at 7:35 PM
Here is this week's Extra Points video where Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks discuss Seattle's game Sunday against the New York Giants, and other matters concerning the Seahawks:
December 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM
Here are highlights of what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media today:
Opening statement:“Well we’re looking forward to seeing this weekend underway. A good start to go to New York. Big match up for us. Big, big time part of this finish of the fourth quarter of the season. We’ve got to make sure that we’re ready and right to go. It’s one of those trips we’ll leave a couple of days early and make our effort as we have throughout the season and hopefully we can do this really well. We look at the Giants, we see a team that’s really, really transitioned from an early part of the season to the last seven games. These guys have been going in a whole different fashion. Their defense has been playing great, they’ve been getting the football and getting it that much better than they did early in the year, when they were having some problems with the turnovers and now they turned that around and they’ve shown to be very effective.So it’s a big deal to us. We got to go get this thing done and it’ll be a cool trip going out there, MetLife Stadium. Yeah it’s my first time. It’d be kind of fun.”
On Perrish Cox being active on the roster: “Yeah well that’s because of Jeron Johnson opens up a spot for us. So we liked Perrish [Cox] before and now we’ve got a chance to keep him in here. So we got him.”
On if Johnson needs surgery: “No. He’s just got a bad hammy.”
On if DeShawn Shead will focus more on playing safety: “Yeah he will do that. We’ve prepared him to do that all year long and he’ll focus his time inside. So that’s why we went and got the corner, if that makes sense to you.”
On if Johnson’s hamstring injury any worse than the last hamstring injury he had: “It’s his other leg. So for whatever reason, he’s just had a real susceptibility to his hamstring thing. It’s substantial so he’s going to be done.
On the approach of getting prepared to play a game in potentially bad weather: “It’s going to be pretty cold. It’s going to be like what it is here. We’ve had pretty cold weather here so that we can get a chance in it. So I don’t think it’s going to be that much of a change, depending on how much precipitation and all that. We’ll just wait and see. We saw that the league made it. We survived this weekend, with record setting touchdowns. Probably had a lot to do with the fields and the weather and all that. So we’re on it. We’re on it in areas that we can. We won’t be hosing down the field. We’re not doing that.”
On the timeline of Wright's surgery: “The surgery was this morning. I haven’t heard what happened. We don’t know any updates on that yet, but it was supposedly this morning in North Carolina.”
On if Harvin will practice: “He won’t practice today. He’s rehabbing.”
On what will happen to Harvin at this point: “It’s week-to-week. We’re trying to figure this thing out and when he gets out on the practice field, then it’s truly day-to-day and we’ll see how he responds. So as of today, he’s not going. He won’t be going, he’s rehabbing. That means that he’s running in his rehab work and we have to see if he can tolerate it and come on back and give us a couple of days work. We’ll have to make sure that he’s right. So we’re going to take our time and I know it seems like, ‘How can you take your time when you’re this close to the end of the season?’ But, we still have to do that to take care of him.”
On if Harvin’s response to his injury has changed: “It has fluctuated. He has gone back and forth, where he’s gotten close and then it got aggravated a little bit. Just hasn’t quite got over the hump where he’s really clear. He has a whole lot of new movement in that hip that he hasn’t had before and he’s trying to become accustomed to that.”
On Unger's injury status: “Max [Unger] went through the walkthrough today. He won’t practice this afternoon.”
On if Unger will make it in time for the game: “We think he’ll make it. We’ll get him back after hopefully tomorrow or Friday for sure.”
On if he has any problems with playing in the Super Bowl in bad weather: “No. I think the game of Football has always been subject to weather and conditions and settings and all that. We don’t know what it’s going to be like, but it might be classic. It might be a classic setting for a great match up. We’ll see what happens.”
On if bad weather favors one side of the ball better than the other: “Yeah I think bad weather favors the guy with the ball in his hand, if he can keep it. There’s an issue about taking care of the football, but you saw it plainly last week. A lot of big plays, a lot of runs that showed that the tackling was suspect and the field conditions really favored the offense. I don’t know how you can look at it anyway. That was an all-time record at 104 touchdowns.”
On Malcolm Smith's progress as an NFL player: “Yeah he’s been a really steady part of our team and whenever we’ve called on him the highlight of playing time, he’s always played well. He’s given us play at two linebacker spots and in nickel, he’s been a core special teams guy throughout. I don’t know if he’s exceeded expectations of the seventh round pick, but we certainly have seen him rise up and really be a crucial member of our football time for quite a while now. So when he steps in, it doesn’t affect our thinking in any way. We can do everything that we want to do, he has great experience in the system and he can do a lot of stuff because he’s a good blitz guy as well as a coverage guy.”
On after seeing the Giants struggle with turning the ball over and has experienced running back issues is the reason why he emphasizes the run: “Well I don’t know. I can’t speak for them. I know that when you turn the ball over, they were like negative sixteen or something after six games or something like that and you can’t win. They know that, Tom [Coughlin] knows that, and that’s the big issue. Whatever got them to that, that’s the problem and they fixed it. Since then, they’re plus three. So they’ve really turned that thing around. But in our philosophy, our approach is to have a balanced attack, where you can rely on the running game. That serves many issues and that’s one of them. If the ball is hard to throw and catch and the wind won’t let you do it or the rain won’t let you do it, where are you going to go when you don’t have a running game or you’re not committed to it? So that’s always the thought in my mind. I don’t know how they’re thinking about it, but that’s how we’ve always can justify the makeup in the formula that we have.”
On the running game the past few weeks: “We’re starting to run the ball with commitment, which is good. We hurt ourselves. We had a pretty good day just with the two plays that we’re called back. That would’ve lead to other stuff. So I think we’re fine. I think we’re in good shape. Marshawn [Lynch] continues to run hard and run tough, the guys up front are targeting well and are playing hard. I have no problem with what’s going on. I think we still have a lot of confidence in that we can run the football and that we will continue to.”
On why Robert Turbin was returning kicks rather than Jermaine Kearse: “Ball security. Ball security is most concern to us right now. We can’t Jermaine enough turns to get him experience back there. He’s only had a few preseason games to put him back there. Whenever we put him back there the balls go out of the end zone so much with the kicking format that you can’t get a guy ready for that. Turb [Robert Turbin] handles the ball in traffic all of the time. It’s more important to us because the ball is coming out on the 20 yard line all of the time, it’s about there. Until you have something really special. When Percy Harvin is back there it’ll be different. He’s been the best in the history of the game in his years that he’s been around so he’ll certainly be a different factor. Right now we want to make sure we take care of the ball.”
On Brandon Browner's situation: “We don’t know anything league wide, but he won’t make it back to full go this week, but he’s trying. He’s trying this week in hopes that maybe next week he’s ready to go.”
On Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane: “I really love the way they’ve played, I think they’ve done great for us. Our expectations were that they could play and that they’ll hold up their end of it, and they’ve done all of that. Matter of fact they were both very productive in the game, and they’re getting some turns, the ball is going away from Richard Sherman so they are getting some extra turns. Maxwell hung tough and played really well, and sure enough Jeremy had three big plays for us in the game. They’re doing terrific and I really think it’s part of the system and these guys have been with us long enough that they’re really our guys and they play with the style and mentality that we want. It’s a real god sign of depth in a program.”
On Dan Quinn: “He’s done a great job. I think he’s done a fantastic job. We’re holding up our end of it, we’re hard to score on, we’re doing great in the turnover game, we continue to play really consistent ball and utilizing our talents. We have a pretty good pass rush so I think he’s done a great job. He had a lot to measure up to because Gus Bradley had done a fine job for us as well. At this late part of the year we are kind of what we are. We’re keeping the points down and we’re pretty tough to throw the ball at, so I’m really fired up and he’s doing a great job.”
On Dan Quinn’s coaching approach: “He’s very aggressive and his style with the players and his expectations of how they have to play to play in our system. He’s very technique oriented, really discipline, he just has all of the right elements to make a good football coach. He’s done a great job.”
On managing personnel in bad weather: “Well you do what you have to do and it’s always about taking care of the ball. Field position becomes huge and it depends on what kind of weather day it is. The wind can really be the most commanding factor when it’s really rolling. It’s the concern for the football in both directions that can really turn the game. You saw a lot of balls on the ground being kicked around and stuff, guys scoring with turnovers last week too. That’s kind of how it goes.”
On Paul McQuistan and James Carpenter: “They’re both going to play again. They both did an admirable job. James is going to start again. We had false starts on a couple, so James starts a couple and we’ll see how that goes. We’ll just continue that competitive situation for those guys, but they played solid.”
December 11, 2013 at 4:38 PM
Here is some video of what Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith had to say to the media today:
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