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Wednesday in Hawkville: Steven Hauschka perfect choice for NFC honor
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 2, when the Seahawks began practicing for Sunday's game against the Colts in Indianapolis:
WORD OF THE DAY: PERFECT
That's what Steven Hauschka is this season, so it makes perfect sense that the Seahawks' kicker would be named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after hitting a game-winning 45-yard field goal in overtime to lift his team to a 23-20 victory over the Texans in Houston on Sunday.
"It's kind of funny, I've been here three years and this is the moment everyone starts acknowledging it," Hauschka said in the locker room before Wednesday's practice. "But that's just the nature of the position. Everyone focuses on that one play, but it's really a product of hard work over the offseason, the last couple years and getting a good rhythm with Jon (Ryan, the holder) and Clint (Gresham, the snapper)."
But Hauschka is right; he has been ridiculously consistent since joining the Seahawks in 2011. He was 25 of 30 on field goals that first season, with three of the misses coming from 40-plus yards. He was 24 of 27 last season, when his misses came from 61 and 51 yards and he had a 50-yarder blocked.
"It's just the consistency factor," special teams coordinator Brian Schneider said. "It's the way he prepares and really it's what Steven has been doing here for three years. He just keeps doing the same stuff and keeps improving."
INJURY REPORT: BRANDON MEBANE SITS OUT
The first official report of the week, as issued by the team:
|YOU DON'T SAY
"Oh boy, it's 'Scary Movie 3.'"
Colts coach Chuck Pagano when asked for his impressions of the Seahawks' defense
Limited in practice
C Max Unger (arm)
S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
|STAT DU JOUR: DOMED, AGAIN|
Russell Wilson is 16-6 as the Seahawks' starter, including playoff games, but the second-year QB is 2-4 in domed stadiums. Here's a look at his indoor efforts:
With Mebane sitting out, Clinton McDonald worked at nose tackle with the No. 1 defense. Mebane has 11 tackles this season and he ranks second in the NFC and fourth in the league among interior linemen with 123 tackles since the start of the 2011 season. With Lynch being given the day off, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael handled the running back duties in practice.
Coach Pete Carroll discussed the status of the players returning from injuries and those still sidelined during his midday Q&A session with the media and Tony Drovetto provides the details.
For the Colts:
Did not practice
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck)
RB Stanley Havili (ankle)
S Delano Howell (toe)
DT Ricky Jean Francois (groin)
S LaRon Landry (ankle)
LB Bjoern Werner (foot)
CB Vontae Davis (foot)
OG Hugh Thornton (shoulder)
ROSTER MOVES: QB B.J. DANIELS CLAIMED
Rookie quarterback B.J. Daniels, who was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, has been claimed off waivers. To clear a spot on the 53-man roster, rookie linebacker John Lotulelei was released.
The 5-foot-11, 217-pound Daniels was selected in the seventh round of April's NFL Draft, but was released because the 49ers were in the process of signing former Cardinals QB John Skelton. Daniels did not arrive in time to participate in practice.
UP NEXT: "TURNOVER THURSDAY"
The players will practice again on "Turnover Thursday," so it's a good time to remind you that the Seahawks are 21-3 under Carroll when they win the turnover battle and they're third in the league this season at plus-7 in turnover differential.