Notebook: Shoulder ends Terry's season
The Seahawks absorbed yet another blow yesterday with coach Mike Holmgren's announcement that right tackle Chris Terry is done for the season. Terry, in his third Seahawks season...
Seattle Times staff reporter
KIRKLAND The Seahawks absorbed yet another blow yesterday with coach Mike Holmgren's announcement that right tackle Chris Terry is done for the season.
Terry, in his third Seahawks season and sixth overall, will have surgery on his right shoulder and has been placed on injured reserve.
"He's been kind of gutting it out for a few weeks, and his shoulder finally won't let him play," Holmgren said.
Terry had said earlier in the season that he would have to endure the pain in his shoulder and play through it. He was inactive for two games because of the shoulder after starting the first five games of the season. Terry then started at San Francisco and St. Louis before being declared inactive for the Miami game for violating a team rule. He was excused from the Buffalo game to attend to his ailing mother in Florida.
Terry started Monday night. He is the fourth Seahawk to be placed on injured reserve this season, joining linebacker Anthony Simmons, punter Tom Rouen and wide receiver Alex Bannister.
Floyd Womack will take over for Terry for the remainder of the season at right tackle. Womack started there for the four games Terry missed.
Wide receiver Jason Willis, signed to the active roster yesterday, will fill Terry's spot on the 53-man squad. Willis has spent the entire season on the practice squad.
Holmgren hopes Jackson can catch up with the team in Minneapolis in time for tomorrow's game against the Vikings.
Marcus Trufant doesn't have to go to the film archive and dig up the Baltimore and Minnesota game tapes from last season to know that tomorrow will be a challenge.
In fact, he didn't. Even though watching Randy Moss go over the top of the Seahawks' pass defense of which cornerback Trufant is a part might have helped in preparation for Moss and the Vikings this week.
Trufant saw film from this season, and that was plenty. The Seahawks not only face Moss, they must contend with another tall jump-ball threat who torched them last season: Marcus Robinson.
Robinson used his 6-foot-3 frame to catch four touchdown passes against the smaller Seahawks defenders when his former team, the Baltimore Ravens, came back to stun the Seahawks 44-41 in overtime last season. Now Robinson is in Minnesota.
Moss (6-4) and Robinson combined for 15 catches for 264 yards and six touchdowns against the Seahawks last season. Tomorrow they will be on the same team.
"You probably won't be able to avoid it," said Trufant (5-11) of the jump-ball situations downfield. "You just have to be able to make the play if it's presented to you. That's why they have them on their team, just for that reason. You just have to be able to play through that and make the play."
Moss will be playing hurt. He has a hamstring tear and a bad back, but the Vikings will rely on him tremendously.
"When Randy is on the field, it's kind of like Kevin Garnett," Vikings coach Mike Tice said, comparing Moss to another Minnesota sports superstar. "Everything the Timberwolves do, they feed their offense through Kevin Garnett. We're the same way with Randy Moss."
The Vikings might go after Trufant more often than the other Seahawks starter at cornerback, Ken Lucas (6-0).
"He gets his hands on more balls," Tice said of Lucas. "They want to roll Trufant up. I don't know what that tells you, but that tells me they might be trying to protect him a little more. I still think he's a very good player."
Wide receiver Jerry Rice got in for one play during practice yesterday, testing his sore left quadriceps muscle. Holmgren expects Rice to play tomorrow.
DT Cedric Woodard (sore knee) practiced yesterday for the first time this week and is expected to start alongside Rashad Moore at defensive tackle. Rookie Craig Terrill got plenty of snaps with the No. 1 defense during the week, however.
The availability of LBs Chad Brown, who practiced this week on his surgically repaired left knee, and Tracy White, who also practiced despite a sore hamstring, will be a game-day decision. "Waiting until it's just perfect for next week, we're not in that situation. So let's rush it," Holmgren said.
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