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Renten, WA – Both Coach Holmgren and the Seahawks players emphasized the fact that despite the Seahawks and Rams abysmal 2-11 records, both sides will play hard-hitting and inspired football this Sunday, reminiscent of the NFC West rivalry of the past.
However, the Seahawks will most likely be without at least two key play-makers in Matt Hasselbeck (back) and Walter Jones (knee). Both players did not practice today. Leroy Hill (arm), Koren Robinson (knee) and Josh Wilson (concussion) also did not practice today. Red Bryant (ankle) was limited in practice.
Five rams players did not practice: Fakhir Brown (ankle), Josh Brown (groin), Torry Holt (rest), Richie Incognito (ankle) and Gary Stills (knee). La'Roi Glover (knee) and Leonard Little (hamstring) were limited.
Coach Holmgren spoke briefly of the run game with regards to
Julius Jones getting no playing time against
Seneca Wallace looked exceptionally crisp in practice today, sharing reps with Charlie Frye. Seneca expressed his gratefulness for the playing time he is getting despite the circumstancing and said that he believes the Rams/Seahawks rivalry is still alive and going strong.
Quite possibly the most entertaining moment of Wednesday’s activities at the VMAC came during a conference call with Torry Holt. When asked for his thoughts on Coach Holmgren, Holt responded: “I like Coach Holmgren. I hope he doesn’t retire. And the reason why I like Coach Holmgren, I just like how – excuse my French – I just like how (expletive) competitive he is. Some people see him as an (expletive), but I like his (expletive)-ness.”
RENTON - For the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery on August 1, Red Bryant returned to practice this afternoon.
The Seahawks are taking it easy with Bryant as he only participated lightly in team drills this afternoon. However, following practice, Bryant worked out for 10-15 minutes hitting a blocking sled at the far end of the field.
Jeb Putzier also was practicing again today after missing the last few practices with a back injury.
The team entered the first day of the normal in-season practice schedule this morning after receiving yesterday off. Yesterday, the team went to see a movie together while the coaches stayed around the building to continue working.
Matt Hasselbeck again missed practice today as he continues to rest a sore back. Mike Holmgren talked to the media this afternoon and said that Hasselbeck will most likely not play this Monday against the San Diego Chargers.
"If he's not going to play in the game, I'll probably leave him here," Holmgren said.
Seneca Wallace, who has been dealing with a sore groin, practiced again today although he only ran a limited number of reps in the team drills. Wallace will be able to play this Monday, however, Holmgren said Charlie Frye will get the start and receive the majority of the playing time in the game.
A new addition to the did-not-practice list this afternoon: Brandon Coutu. Coutu sat this afternoon's session as well. It is unknown why Coutu missed the practice at this time.
Chris Spencer was also back to full-participation in practice this afternoon. Spencer returned to the field earlier this week, but had been limited in the number of reps he took.
"That was encouraging," Holmgren said. "Very, very encouraging. He went through practice and we fumbled a couple snaps, but the important thing was he got back out and did some stuff."
Holmgren said that he didn't think Spencer would play against the Chargers, but that he could play against the Oakland Raiders next Friday.
The first-string defense picked apart fourth-string quarterback Dalton Bell this afternoon. Bell, who was working with the second-team offense, threw into double-coverage and had a pass intercepted by Deon Grant. Later on, during goalline drills, Bell was pressured and threw a pass to a blue jersey that was picked off by Julian Peterson. The pass was intended for backup center Nick Jones.
Bell did have a nice pass he completed to tight end Joe Newton in-between Leroy Hill and Grant.
Leonard Weaver took a handoff from Frye on a draw play and exploded into the secondary for a nice gain.
Seneca Wallace completed a pass to John Carlson on a deep crossing route over safety Jamar Adams for a lengthy gain as well.