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Thursday in Hawkville: Derrick Coleman a role model, but also a good player
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Jan. 16, when the Seahawks continued to prepare for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field:
WORDS OF THE DAY: LIP SERVICE
For Derrick Coleman, that has an entirely different meaning. The Seahawks' fullback and core special-teams player is hearing impaired. So if he can't see your lips, whatever you're saying to him will be lost.
Does all this attention detract from the fact that Coleman is a heckuva football player, not a good deaf football player? Or is it something he embraces because it allows him to be a role model for other hearing-impaired people?
"It's both," Coleman said in the locker room before Thursday's practice. "My being hearing impaired basically made me who I am, made me the type of football player I am. So when I tell everybody about this it reminds me that, 'OK, I worked this hard to get here. I've got to continue working hard.' So that's basically all it is. I don't really get distracted by doing all the other stuff."
But Coleman is a role model, because he has overcome what everyone else might consider an insurmountable obstacle to do something only a small percentage of people get to do.
"I do everything to the best of my ability," he said. "I already have to work hard in everything that I do, like driving or school work when I had it. It just carries over. It's not like a light switch. Just can't just flip it on and off. It's just one of those things that happened to be a part of it."
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"You couldn't pick a better venue to play a championship game, anywhere that I can imagine, than right here at CenturyLink."
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll
Coleman definitely has Pete Carroll in his corner, and the Seahawks' coach is glad that Coleman has been a part of all the team's success this season.
"He's been a great contributor on this team," Carroll said. "And he's a guy that does everything right. He does his job impeccably well in all areas, in everything that we ask of him. He's a terrific effort guy. He's tough. He's fast.
"He's been a fantastic part of the team. He's been really a cool story. Not because he has issues, because he's made this team and he's made a spot for himself and he's playing well. The fact that he has a hearing issue is really not even something that we deal with."
INJURY REPORT: K.J. WRIGHT GETS IN FULL PRACTICE
The official report, as issue by the team:
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The Seahawks and 49ers will meet for the third time this season in Sunday's NFC Championship game. The Seahawks have met the same team three times in a season four other times in franchise history, including the Broncos and Raiders in the 1983 season:
Denver Broncos, 1983
Los Angeles Raiders, 1983
Los Angeles Raiders, 1984
St. Louis Rams, 2004
Did not practice
WR Percy Harvin (concussion)
Limited in practice
DT Jordan Hill (groin)
Wright, who was limited on Wednesday, took the next step toward playing for the first time since breaking a bone in his foot during the Week 14 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco. Wright participated in all phases of practice, getting some snaps at his weak-side spot with the No. 1 defense and also working there with the second unit.
"During the stretch just prior to him getting hurt, I thought K.J. was really playing some of his best football," defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said after the team practiced outside along the shores of Lake Washington. "The different challenges we've asked of him, whether it's covering a back or a tight end or just the whole knowledge he brings to our whole linebacking crew, so the potential to have him back as part of the mix would be something that would fire us up for sure."
Malcolm Smith has played well while filling in for Wright, but Quinn said, "We knew we'd get a chance to get K.J. back, and we certainly hope that this is the time."
Lynch, who rushed for a franchise playoff-record 140 yards in the divisional game against the Saints, was back after taking his usual day off for rest. Carroll also provided the latest update on concussed wide receiver Percy Harvin during his midday session with the media and Seahawks.com writer and producer Tony Drovetto provides the details.
For the 49ers:
Limited in practice
CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring)
RB Will Tukuafu (knee)
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"He just does a great job of fighting through it and breaking tackles. So, he's a hard tackle, I will admit, but it can be done."
49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman, on Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch
LB NaVorro Bowman (wrist)
LB Ahmad Brooks (illness)
WR Michael Crabtree (wrist)
DE Demarcus Dobbs (knee/shoulder)
C Jonathan Goodwin (foot)
RB Frank Gore (knee)
LB Dan Skuta (foot)
DT Justin Smith (shoulder)
Brooks, Smith, Goodwin and Dobbs were back after sitting out Wednesday. Rogers was limited again, but he is practicing for the first time since injuring a hamstring in the 49ers' regular-season finale.
UP NEXT: "NO REPEAT FRIDAY"
The players will hold their final full practice on Friday, which is "No Repeat Friday" on the Carroll calendar.
Also on tap is "Blue Friday," and the activities include a noon rally at Westlake Park that will include Seahawks alumni, Sea Gals, Blue Thunder and Blitz; and a "12" banner being towed behind a plane from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the I-5 and I-405 corridors.