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Friday in Hawkville: Sidney Rice thinking “pink” for Sunday’s game

Posted Oct 11, 2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and six fans who texted their stories to Sidney Rice will be guests of the Seahawks’ wide receiver at Sunday’s game against the Titans.


A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 11, when the Seahawks held their final full practice before Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field:

WORDS OF THE DAY: BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Sunday, the Seahawks will play their only home games in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sidney Rice is doing his part by hosting six people at the game against the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks’ wide receiver asked fans to text him their stories and said he would select one and provide two tickets to the game. He couldn’t pick just one, so Rice made it six sets of tickets. Rice’s godmother died of breast cancer, as did two of her sisters.

“Just trying to bring awareness to it,” Rice said after practice. “I know how a lot of people feel about it, and sometimes it doesn’t get as much exposure as it should. It’s really important that the word gets out and we try to find a cure for it.

“I’m in a position to reach out to people with tickets. I know how much people around here love football, so why not have them come during this time?”

Rice has been wearing pink as part of his uniform during October since the league began the awareness program in 2009. But he doesn’t limit his efforts to cancer programs.

“Whatever it might be – autism – anything I can do to help out to bring awareness to a great cause, I’ll do,” he said. “And breast cancer is something I’ve always done.”

INJURY REPORT: BOBBY WAGNER DOUBTFUL, ZACH MILLER HAS A CHANCE

The official end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:

STAT DU JOUR: LOOKING TO START 5-1 FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME

The Seahawks got off to the first 4-0 start in franchise history, but even with last week’s loss to the Colts they’ve matched their best five-game start and would tie for the best six-game start with a win over the Titans. Here’s a look at the other 4-1 starts, and where they led:

Year Five games Six games Final record
1984 4-1 4-2 12-4
1986 4-1 4-2 10-6
2003 4-1 5-1 10-6
2006 4-1 4-2 9-7

Out
OT Breno Giacomini (knee)
RB Spencer Ware (ankle)

Doubtful
MLB Bobby Wagner (ankle)

Questionable
RB Marshawn Lynch (hip)
TE Zach Miller (hamstring)

Probable
DL Michael Bennett (quadriceps)
CB Jeremy Lane (hamstring)
WR Sidney Rice (knee)
CB Walter Thurmond (knee)
C Max Unger (upper arm)

Six players did not practice, but their status for Sunday’s game runs the gamut. Wagner is doubtful and when asked if he had a chance to play coach Pete Carroll said, “Outside chance, if you’re real optimistic.” Miller and Lynch are questionable, but Carroll said Miller is “real close” to returning. Lynch, meanwhile, developed soreness in a hip during Thursday’s practice. “But he’s fine,” Carroll said. Rice also sat out, but it was to give him a rest after he worked Wednesday and Thursday. Lane practiced and has a chance to play after missing the past two games with a hamstring injury.

YOU DON'T SAY

“The ground shakes up there, and that’s pretty intense. It’s real loud. I mean, you can’t hear. You can’t hear the snap count. You can’t even hear the play in the huddle.”

Titans tight end Delanie Walker, who played with the NFC West rival 49ers the past seven seasons, on CenturyLink Field

For the Titans:

Out
LB Zaviar Gooden (hamstring)
RB Shonn Greene (knee)
QB Jake Locker (hip, knee)

Questionable
LB Patrick Bailey (hamstring)
DT Sammie Lee Hill (ankle)
DE Derrick Morgan (shoulder)
CB Coty Sensabaugh (concussion)
OT David Stewart (ankle)
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring)

Probable
RB Jackie Battle (neck)
S Michael Griffin (foot)

WRIST WEAR FOR A CAUSE

“Always Compete Win Forever” wristbands went on sale Friday at the Pro Shops at CenturyLink Field and Fourth and Pike, and will be on sale Sunday at the stadium. The cost is $1.50 and all proceeds benefit A Better Seattle’s efforts to reduce Seattle-area youth and gang violence.

“It’s an opportunity for us to raise awareness, and also to raise money for A Better Seattle,” Carroll said of the foundation he started here and patterned after the A Better L.A. program he formed while coaching at USC.

“It would be a wonderful gesture if people would recognize that. They’re for sale at the stadium, and hopefully we’ll get a little buzz going about it.”

UP NEXT: “PINK SUNDAY”

“Blue Friday” will give way to “Pink Sunday” on game day. Because this will be the Seahawks’ only home game during October, the stadium, players, coaches and even Sea Gals will be decked out in pink to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and promote the importance of annual screening.

Before that, the players will have a walkthrough at VMAC on Saturday morning.