December 5, 2013 at 7:37 PM
December 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM
Seattle's injury report for Thursday is out, and it raises a few more doubts about whether either Brandon Browner or Percy Harvin will be able to play Sunday against the 49ers.
Each was listed as not participating in Thursday's practice. That comes a day after Browner was able to go on a limited basis on Wednesday.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, in his Wednesday press conference, had indicated that Thursday would be a key day for each, saying that with Browner they would want to see how he responded to practice, and with Harvin where he was after sitting out last week and then doing some running on Wednesday. Carroll does not talk to the media on Thursdays.
Also out today were linebacker Bruce Irvin (thigh) and QB Tarvaris Jackson (ill).
TE Kellen Davis (neck) was limited while RB Marshawn Lynch and WR Golden Tate (hip) were full participants.
As for the 49ers, they got some good news today with starting left tackle Joe Staley back at practice.
The only player not participating for the 49ers today was guard Mike Iupati.
December 5, 2013 at 3:53 PM
The officiating crew for the Seahawks-49ers game Sunday will be headed up by none other than Clete Blakeman, as reported by FootballZebras.
And if you've heard that name a lot lately, it's because that's the crew that handled the controversial Carolina-New England game a few weeks ago.
Blakeman hasn't done a Seattle game since the loss at Miami last year. His crew also handled the win over the Patriots last season.
The Seahawks are 1-4 in games officiated by Blakeman's crew since 2008.
December 5, 2013 at 2:53 PM
There's little doubt the Seattle-San Francisco game is becoming a rivalry.
But most of the talking this week seems to be coming from the Bay Area, such as these comments today from Donte Whitner.
If there's a Seahawk that might be expected to play it up, it would be cornerback Richard Sherman. But he didn't add much fuel to the fire today.
Asked about some of the comments from the 49ers, Sherman said today: "I feel like they feel that way. We just go out and play our game. Every week is a championship week …We go out there and worry about what we have to do. We don’t worry about anything else.''
Sherman, in his weekly meeting with the media, was also asked about the story of the 49ers distributing instructions to their fans on how to cheer this week.
"I heard that,'' he said. "Hopefully they follow their directions. Our fans usually are pretty good about that. But hey, whatever you’ve got to do.''
You can see a bit more of what Sherman had to say today in the video below:
December 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM
Thursday marks the weekly press conference for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson --- there's some video below.
A few highlights:
--- Wilson talked about seeing a sports psychologist every Monday during the season for an hour or so. He said his goal in the sessions is to train his mind to be focused all the time;
--- He talked about the game last year at San Francisco, a 13-6 loss, and said he had about 75 percent of the playbook at that time to work with, and that he also is much better now at knowing which protections to switch to at the line of scrimmage;
--- He gave a funny response to a story that DT Michael Bennett said he was Wilson to recently get VIP treatment at a restaurant. Wilson said "I don't do the rope (VIP) thing;''
--- He said he's not getting caught up in the talk that he could be in the MVP conversation, and gave a several minute response in which he talked about the contributions of just about every other offensive player -- in other words, the response you would expect from Wilson;.
December 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM
The Seahawks have added receiver Devon Wylie to the practice squad, releasing DT Michael Brooks to make room.
Wylie has played in eight games over the last two seasons with Chiefs and the Titans, also working as a punt and kickoff returner.
He was released by the Titans on Nov. 26.
December 5, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Record: 11‐1, 8‐4
Total Yards Gained: 4,372, 3,732
December 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM
The end of the third quarter of the Seahawks' season also meant another edition of our quarterly grades.
With Seattle going 4-0 in the last quarter and now 11-1 for the season, it was hard to find much fault in their play, and as you'll see by the grades, I didn't.
Elsewhere today. ...
--- Seahawks.com puts the focus on Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner;
--- Seahawks.com on the matchup against the 49ers defense;
--- ESPN offers its Double Coverage preview of the game;
--- ESPN also offers some matchups to watch;
--- ESPN wonders if it's really a rivalry;
--- CBSSports.com reports tickets for the game are pushing $250;
--- The San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers have the Seahawks right where they want them;
--- FoxSports on the instructions the 49ers have given their fans for the game (no other comment really necessary);
--- NFL.com says Vernon Davis wants to avenge the earlier loss to the Seahawks;
--- SI.com on Wilson and Colin Kaepernick;
--- The San Jose Mercury News says the matchup has coaches excited;
--- The International Business Times with some betting odds and trends;
--- Jim Harbaugh with lots of praise of Wilson;
--- One Bay Area columnist calls the game a "backyard brawl;''
--- The Chronicle with 10 storylines on the game;
--- Yahoo.com looks at three teams that could beat the Seahawks in Seattle in the playoffs.
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