by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks' offensive line continues to be a work in progress after a disappointing performance against the Arizona Cardinals in week one.
The line struggled to deal with the exotic blitz schemes of Cardinals' defensive coordinator Ray Horton and struggled with communication issues. Rookie G J.R. Sweezy notably stuggled as well. Offensive line coach Tom Cable said it wasn't a matter of the game being too physical for him, but rather struggling to make the correct decisions in the heat of the moment.
"You've got to get him better prepared. That's on me," Cable said. "He'll grow so much from this one the next time out."
Cable praised the way Sweezy played in handling DT Darnell Dockett in one-on-one situations, but said the pressures Arizona brought caused problems.
With the struggles from Sweezy, head coach Pete Carroll said G John Moffitt is expected to return to the starting lineup at right guard this week.
"It's good to have him back in," Carroll said. "He was almost there last week. If he makes it through the week solid and healthy then we'll get a chance to see John come back for us, which will be great."
Carroll said the biggest issue from the offensive line on Sunday was struggling with the communication up front.
"It was about communicating," Carroll said. "It was really clear that was the issue for us. We didn't take advantage of our calls as well as we had been doing so we didn't target as well. That's something that we can do well, we've been doing it well, but for whatever reason in this game we weren't as effective as we have been and it caused some problems for us."
T Russell Okung did not practice after suffering a bruised knee in the fourth quarter against Arizona. Okung was leg-whipped by C Max Unger trying to cutdown a defender in the backfield. He was replaced by T Frank Omiyale.
"He tried going (during the walkthrough) and we're going to wait until tomorrow and try him again," Carroll said.
Carroll still believes Okung could be back for Sunday's home opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
"It looks like the kind of bruise he has he'll be able to get better by this weekend," Carroll said. "...We'll just take it one day at a time. He plans on playing."
WR Sidney Rice sat out practice Wednesday with a sore knee. Carroll didn't address Rice earlier in the day so the severity is not known. Could likely just be a day off.
WR Golden Tate returned to practice for the first time since suffering a knee sprain in the preseason finale against Oakland. He was able to fully participate during practice and is likely to be able to play Sunday.
DE Greg Scruggs (hamstring) and CB Byron Maxwell (shoulder) both returnd to full participation in practice after missing multiple days last week.
TE Zach Miller (foot) and RB Marshawn Lynch (back) were limited.
The team made some minor roster moves as well adding DT Hebron Fangupo and re-signing WR Jermaine Kearse to the practice squad. To make room, they released TE Gabe Miller and OL Tommie Draheim, who were both signed last Thursday.
In addition, RB Vai Taua was given an injury settlement and waived off the team's injured reserve list.
Did Not Participate
C Phil Costa (back)
S Matt Johnson (hamstring)
NT Jay Ratliff (ankle)
S Gerald Sensabaugh (concussion)
LB DeMarcus Ware (hamstring)
WR Miles Austin (hamstring)
WR Andre Holmes (knee)
CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder)
RB Felix Jones (ribs)
S Danny McCray (neck)
RB DeMarco Murray (wrist)
LB Kyle Wilber (thumb)
TE Jason Witten (abdomen)
WR Charly Martin (chest)
Did Not Participate
WR Sidney Rice (knee)
T Russell Okung (knee)
TE Zach Miller (foot)
RB Marshawn Lynch (back)
WR Golden Tate (knee)
DE Greg Scruggs (hamstring)
CB Byron Maxwell (shoulder)